Contributors

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Charles Bayer has been a pastor and theological professor in the United States and Australia. He and Wendy live at Pilgrim Place Claremont, CA.  He currently serves on two not-for-profit boards, writes a weekly widely circulated political column, and is a watercolor artist. He is also a former member of a Claremont City committee dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents.

Bob Gerecke (BG) retired from Los Angeles County service as Principal Welfare Fiscal Analyst. His last assignment had been as staff for 5 years to the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission. Having been an active investor since the 1960's, after retirement he worked for 6 years in the financial industry as a stockbroker with an insurance license. He continues to monitor economic and investment issues, and they are the primary focus of his writing, although he occasionally strays into other topics, especially when the issue reflects a battle between "All for one, and one for all" vs. "Every man for himself". He was a political activist in the 1960's and has resumed his activism since his second retirement, including being a founding member of the Institute's Board.

Ivan Light is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA and is a founding member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy. He is past President of the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association, a recipient of that group’s career achievement award, and the author of five books about immigration. He has recently published a novel about the sinking of the Lusitania (Deadly Secret of the Lusitania), recounting the British and American propaganda about that sinking which helped cause our entry into the disastrous World War I.

Merrill Ring isProfessor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at California State University, Fullerton – he is a member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy board and is the editor of Progressive Democracy. He has edited the volume Pithy Progressive PolemicsPolitical Ideas and Criticism from Progressive Democracy 2011-

Julia Sushytska (Ph.D., Philosophy, Stony Brook University) specializes in ancient Greek and recent European and Eastern European philosophy. She has published scholarly articles in several different professional journals and in edited volumes of philosophy. Her book length work Internal Strangers, Polis and Philosophy is under review with Indiana University Press.  She is currently working on another philosophical manuscript.