Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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The Editorial Board should have no opinion

Jul 11, 2020

The WSJ Editorial Board expressed its opinion about the case of Michael Flynn. It does not matter what they said; in my book, the Editorial Board should have no opinion on any topic. Editorial boards’ job is not to lecture, but to facilitate views from individuals who can present valid arguments. The Editorial Board's job at the WSJ is to guarantee to me, a subscriber, that the different opinions presented are fact-checked. I pay a subscription for the WSJ because I do not have the time nor the means to fact-check whatever is written and posted on the internet. I do not pay for the subscription to be brainwashed by whatever the self-anointed authority of the Editorial Board believes is right. I can make my judgment based on the facts and their interpretation by other individuals.

More parenting is needed
Aug 01, 2019
Peter Gray in Psychology Today advises for less parenting. The problem is exactly the opposite: There is not enough parenting. In the past, when most of our ancestors lived in self-supporting households, often a farm, out of necessity, children were an integral part of whatever adults needed to do during their daily life, and they learned that way. Now, we do not need to do as much at home. Work is outside the home, food is brought in, heat is turned on and off, and mysteriously magical, colorful screens are the center of most activities. If we leave children free to explore what they find the most attractive, they will play video games. There might be some educational value in it, but one needs to learn much more. Hence, we need more effort in parenting, with parents doing more in the home than is otherwise required, and spending more time with children outside in order to introduce them to the real world. This realization hit home after I witnessed the surprise of a 7-year old seeing apples on my apple tree.
Less fight more work
Jul 30, 2017

The fight over Obamacare repeal is over, at least for now. The GOP can start to work on a new proposal that each of us can look at it, and then compare how my particular health care solution would play in it, as compared to Obamacare. In a television interview, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that Obamacare “may be working for Washington, it may be working for insurance companies, but it’s not working for patients.” Maybe it is time to consider patients’ involvement in the preparation of an Obamacare alternative? It could be that Obamacare repeal failed just because it has been prepared by Washington with consultation from insurance companies. Let us start with addressing 19 health care issues that politicians avoid talking about.

How to pay for the wall?
Apr 04, 2017

If you want to build the wall, pay for it with your own money. How much of your own money are you willing to donate? Trump received 62,979,879 votes. If each of Trump’s supporters voluntarily donates at least $1,000, which corresponds to about $42 per month for the next two years, and if we encourage those who are more affluent to double their donations, then Trump can have on hand about $100 billion, which may suffice for a substantial piece of the wall. Hence, all of you who are talking loudly about spending my money on building this wall, stay away from my wallet, but open your own wallet and send money to the “Build the Wall Fund.” Put your money where your mouth is.

What is wrong with Russia?
Dec 22, 2015

It appears that Russian leaders cannot free themselves from the medieval concept of regional influence, where weaker neighbors were subdued into becoming serf states. Is anyone capable of explaining to them that in these times of a global economy, any influence comes from economic strength? Russia, thanks to its size, natural resources and well-educated labor force, has everything that it takes to maintain a dominant position in the region, just by maintaining free trade with all its neighbors. It can do so without military interventions in Georgia and in Ukraine. Russia has everything that it takes to be a respected wealthier neighbor, to whom everyone in the region would turn for help when needed. Instead, it is a bully and a hooligan. It would take so little to change that. But it is so hard for Russia to do it. 

Closed mind for closed borders
Nov 19, 2015

Known to some as a libertarian, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. speaks against open borders. His argument is that it is an infraction against private property. He misses the point that most people migrate just because Mr. Rockwell’s neighbors want them on their private property – for picking apples, washing the dishes or writing a computer code. Then, Mr. Rockwell wrongly laments that those foreigners invited by his neighbors violate his private property rights by loitering in the public spaces that he frequents. He wants the government to deny the rights of his neighbors to do on their private property whatever they wish, so he will not need to face immigrants in the public spaces. Mr. Rockwell left the train called “liberty” at the station called “xenophobia.”    

They do not know…
Sep 14, 2015

Mr. Trump says: “A lot of what I’m doing is by instinct.” I prefer that our President would make decisions based on systematic due diligence. The instinct that guides Mr. Trump in his professional life arrives from his vast experience, starting when he was growing up under the mentoring of his successful father, followed by a solid education and years of practice. Mr. Trump's confidence is misguiding, as it gives his supporters the illusion that someone who mastered real estate dealing can be equally skillful as President. It is similar to the illusion surrounding Dr. Carson, that he can be as good a President as he is a brain surgeon. If both gentlemen were humbler, they would realize that they qualify to be President equally as much as Mr. Trump qualifies to conduct brain surgeries and Dr. Carson to run Mr. Trump’s real estate empire. The problem is not that they do not know many things they should; the problem is that they do not realize that.

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Bill O’Reilly, a socialist in denial

In an emotional burst, Bill O’Reilly condemned Dick Wolf and NBC for the “Law and Order” episode portraying a mentally disturbed person who turned his anger to killing the children of illegal immigrants, so called “anchor babies” in the jargon of anti-immigration fanatics. In particular, Bill O’Reilly was outraged by a brief conversation where one of the characters blamed the main media outlets, including the Bill O’Reilly show, for creating an anti-immigration atmosphere, in which sick minds come up with ideas like killing immigrant children.

Within the last three years, I studied our immigration crisis, wrote on it extensively, and consider myself an expert on this subject. I am troubled by the magnitude of hatred against illegal immigrants that has accumulated in the hearts and mind of millions of Americans. It is likely that in this environment someone of a disturbed mind could start killing illegal immigrants or their children. Especially, that among those responding to my writing, Charles (I know this man’s last name and email address) wrote to me (original spelling): “since the government says we have to many illegals to send back across the border why don’t we borrow Hitlers ideas, forced labor camps and crematoriums?”

I grew up in Poland in the shadow of World War II, and among lingering questions how it could happen that, as a famous Polish writer phrased it, “people setup this fate to other people”. Barbarians did not commit the atrocities of the WW II. They were carried out by the nation leading civilization’s progress for centuries. Nobel Prize-caliber scientists supported them. Concentration camps were built with the same perfection as Mercedes. One can reasonably conclude that any civilized nation has a potential of turning itself into a monster of the same magnitude as Nazi Germany.

This is where the difference between Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Wolf becomes clear. The creator of the “Law and Order” episode sees the potential of this danger here and now, hence he prefers to be “better safe than sorry” over waiting for the possibility of things becoming worse in the near future. Mr. O’Reilly believes that Americans – just by the virtue of being Americans – are immune from the dangers of turning into political extreme. In my eyes, Mr. Wolf scores in this disagreement as the plot of the questioned “Law and Order” episode sounds probable and many Americans share opinions expressed in the conversation that upset Mr. O’Reilly so much.

Obviously, The O’Reilly Factor does not deserve as much credit for the spreading of anti-immigration hatred as, for example, the clearly fascist ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee). Nevertheless, Mr. O’Reilly gave antenna time and the honors of a voice of real Americans to the ALIPAC leader, William Gheen. In his vicious critique of the “Law and Order” episode, Mr. O’Reilly showed many video clips from his previous shows with the purpose to prove that he always had had compassion for the situation of illegal immigrants. Then he says, “My beef is with the federal government not controlling illegal immigration and violent criminal illegal aliens.”

Let us start with “criminal illegal aliens.” It is true that among the several millions of immigrants without legal status, some commit crime. The O’Reilly Factor meticulously reports every single one, creating an impression that this is a serious threat to Americans, and urges for action to stop it. Therefore, everybody knows that a few round sentences about his human feelings for illegal immigrants, which Mr. O’Reilly drops here and there, are just a tax of political correctness that he has to pay in order to stay in business, but this is not the core of his message. The core of his message is asking for greater government role in controlling migration. For the first 210 years of the Union, every American enjoyed the freedom of hiring anyone he or she pleased, regardless if this person came from across the street or across the ocean. It was legal to hire any foreigner one wanted without permission from big government. What was wrong with that? Only for the last 23 years has one needed to ask the government for permission.

This country was established on the concept that the well-being of the nation would be achieved best when individuals would be granted the freedoms to pursue their best economic interests. Our current immigration laws, supported by Mr. O’Reilly, are based on the opposite, clearly socialistic concept that there is some abstract common good and that the freedoms of individuals need to be compromised in order to comply with this ideal. To be precise, this concept surmises that some bureaucrats in Washington know best how many foreigners should be allowed to come and work in the U.S. If we accept this theorem, it is logical to accept that the government knows best what health insurance one should have, what the price of bread we buy everyday should be, and what the largest square footage of a private residence that one family should be allowed to occupy should be. I remember laws like this in Poland under socialistic rule.

Our immigration laws are commonly disrespected precisely because they are, in their very nature, un-American. The government cannot enforce them without creating an apparatus of compulsion comparable to that in the Soviet Union. This is unacceptable, so they came up with the concept of eVerify. It is a form of taxation for every business owner. It is tax in kind, as it forces a business to allocate resources for performing, without pay, tasks that government administration should do. Tasks that business has no financial interest in pursuing. It is taxation without representation, another trick used by socialists, also supported by Mr. O’Reilly.

In his tirade, Mr. O’Reilly takes some credit for putting a wall on the Mexican border and the increased government role in determining who can and who cannot enter the country. This wall will be written in the history books together with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. The government that is powerful enough to stop people from migrating to the U.S., if needed, can use this power to stop Americans from leaving the country. One can easily imagine that if, as a result of the socialistic policies supported by Mr. O’Reilly, our economic crisis would deepen, many scientists and engineers critical to the industrial potential of the nation might want to leave the country. In order to protect vital national interests, the government might outlaw it. Then, the well-armed wall on the Mexican border can come in handy, catching scientists end engineers from the Silicon Valley, trying to escape from the country illegally.

In his outburst, while carefully avoiding using the “s” word, Mr. O’Reilly is trying to tell us that Mr. Wolf is a “despicable human being” because he is a socialist. It is irrelevant what the political views of Mr. Wolf are. What is essential it is that in his core views on immigration, Mr. O’Reilly is a hard-core socialist, but in denial. Isn’t life funny?

A version of this text was published by Huffington Post

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About me

I was born in 1951 in Gdansk, Poland.
Since my high school years, I have interest in politics and love for writing. During my college years, I started writing to student papers and soon became freelance author to major Polish political magazines.

In 1980 I wrote a book “Czy w Polsce może być lepiej?” (“Could it be better in Poland?” – this book is available only in Polish) analyzing major problems in Poland at the time and outlining possible solutions.

I was among those Polish political writers who by their writings contributed to the peaceful system transformation that finally took place in 1989. Since 1985, I live in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in service business, I have seen the best and the worst places, I met the poorest and the richest. I have seen and experienced America not known to most of politicians, business people, and other political writers. For eleven years, I ran my own company. Presently, I am an independent consultant.

My political writing comes out of necessity. I write when I see that the prevailing voices on the political arena are misleading or erroneous. Abstract mathematics and control theory (of complex technological processes) strongly influenced my understanding of social phenomena. In the past, my opponents rebuked my mathematical mind as cold, soulless, and inhuman. On a few occasions I was prized for my engineer’s precision and logic.

I have a master’s degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in mathematical machines from Politechnika Gdańska (Technical University of Gdansk).

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