Former Houston resident Ed O’Rourke is a retired certified accountant
now living in Medellin, Colombia. He is writing a book
"World Peace – The Roadmap: You Can Get to There From Here".
The articles you see on this web site are draft chapters for his book.
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TERRACIDE - A Newly Defined Crime
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The Hardest War to Avoid: US Civil War
La Guerra Civil Norteamericana: La Guerra mas Dificil de Evitar
Research Project for Peacemakers
Why Nations Fail
Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Before they Eliminate Us
Nuclear Power - Dirty, Dangerous, Dishonest
Every president since Jimmy Carter has made decisions that help Wall Street and hurt everyone else. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We may get an ignorant incoherent narcissist for president.
When I was a young teenager and for a while after that, the only term stronger than socialism was communism. Today, people has no difficulty in accepting socialism for the rich. Rather than recognize their benefits as welfare, we have other names: tax cuts, bailouts, capital gains tax, carried interest and tax havens. When others get something, they call their benefits entitlements as if this were some gift from heaven. A better description for Social Security and unemployment compensation is earned benefits. The employee or the employer or both have paid for what they will receive.
I understand that some free that university tuition is unreasonable for our society. People who talk this way have short memories. When I showed up at UT-Austin in September, 1966, the tuition was $50 per semester, which was close to being free.
Since the people in West Europe’s socialist countries have a higher living standard than Americans, I am puzzled at the difficulty to have socialism for everybody and not just the rich.
I invite you to read two short commentaries. The first shows what tough shape many Americans are in.
Disposable Americans: The Numbers are Growing
Here is an excerpt from the second commentary:
The real story, however, is not about the two maverick candidates, but about the waves of ordinary people who've created and lifted their campaigns. They embody and give voice to the millions wrecked by Wall Street greed in the 2008 crash, who were left out of the widely ballyhooed recovery, and who now realize they're not included in the elite's laissez faire schemes of future American prosperity. These voters are hurting today, distressed about tomorrow, and fed up with the two-party indifference to "people like us."
Public Rage at Glaring Inequality and Mass Downward Mobility Are Fueling the Bernie and Trump Phenomena
I ask the environmental community to wake up and recognize that war and preparation for war is the biggest threat to life on our precious planet. All that we know and love will be gone in an afternoon when nuclear war starts. A conflict with Russia and the US is not necessary. A war between India and Pakistan will do.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL DECLARATION – WAR ABOLITION
June 22, 2016