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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Kabul, the day of shame, again

Eisenhower warned us that it would come

Dwight Eisenhower delivering his Farewell Address

We all could see on TV the chaotic evacuation from Kabul. Let us call it as it is. It is the final act of the largest fiasco in the history of humankind. The most powerful political, economic, and military empire on Earth went into a war against one of the poorest and most backward nations. It lost in disgrace after 20 years, with 2,300 soldiers killed, 20,000 wounded, and $2.26 trillion wasted.

It looks like déjà vu of the equally humiliating, messy escape from Saigon in 1975. I am old enough to remember. The younger readers should learn about it on the internet. Our leaders told us that they learned from that experience and that it would never happen again.  

They have learned nothing. Or, to be precise, they do not want you to know what they have learned.

To understand what happened, we need to go back 60 years. Dwight Eisenhower, on the last days of his presidency, on January 17, 1961, addressed the nation. One can still find his speech on YouTube, but I doubt that any major media outlet will mention it in the context of the defeat in Afghanistan. Why? It is for you readers to conclude.

The essence of the Eisenhower farewell message is 150 seconds short; the whole speech is 16 minutes.The two-term president and former supreme leader of Allied forces in Western Europe during World War II talked about things he knew he best, the military and the federal government. He noted that before WWII, the United States did not have, per se, a military industry. He said, “American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well.” Recognizing that we need “a permanent armaments industry,” he warned that “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. (…) Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.”

In commoner’s language, it means that the enormous amount of money we pay in taxes goes to a narrow group of people who benefit from selling military hardware and make a profit by providing national-security-related services. They gain disproportional influence over politics and can stipulate political situations requiring more government spending on the armaments and services they provide. Fearing that, Eisenhower said: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

His warning was ignored in the following years. The United States got involved in Vietnam despite the fact that there was no national security threat from the Vietnamese people. There was a struggle for the political influence there among the United States, China, and the Soviet Union. Eisenhower’s suggestion for this kind of situation was that “Together we must learn how to compose difference, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.” It implies that we should use our brains instead of guns and let China compete with the Soviet Union and the United States, winning by providing the advanced products and services that neither of the other two could. As we all know, the case of Vietnam proved that Eisenhower was right.It was similar in Afghanistan. Yes, for some time, it was hosting a group of Saudi terrorists. As I wrote in another article, “More brains, less Halliburton,” starting the war in Afghanistan defeated its purpose. To catch a bunch of international criminals, we needed an elite group of crime chasers. We caught bin Laden this way. Occupying Afghanistan gave the extremists an argument that the American presence was the source of all the problems. Using some intellect, as Eisenhower suggested, we should have deduced this before sending soldiers to Afghanistan.

So, did we start the war because our politicians are so stupid? No, they went after the money. Our $2.26 trillion enriched many. And, it still left enough to support politicians, so they would “believe” that starting the war in Afghanistan was good for our national interest. Our tax money went as well to support your favorite TV news channel, whatever it might be, so they convinced you that we needed to be there.

When that $2.26 trillion was going down the drain in Afghanistan, they sold it to you as an opportunity because unemployed young people in your village could make a career in the military. It would be more beneficial to use the same money for new roads and bridges in your area, creating jobs. They convinced too many of us that our young people need to keep dying in Afghanistan instead.

You might have an impression that politicians in Washington cannot agree on anything. Please make a note that the Afghanistan fiasco was a bipartisan effort. It is not your vote anymore; “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power” is fully realized.

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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 a 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 have lived in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in the 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 the 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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