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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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What is wrong with Russia?
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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.”    

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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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Privacy or anonymity?

Realizing that some security measures are unavoidable, we are concerned about our privacy. Stores keep records of our purchases. Credit cards leave a trail. Whom we called and who called us is recorded somewhere. Security cameras follow us almost everywhere. The newest technologies can pull a picture of our face out of the crowd and compare it with one stored previously. The Internet opens endless possibilities of live camera viewing from any given point on the Earth, and equally easy reviewing of the recordings done earlier. With the progress in information technology, more data about our whereabouts is stored somewhere, and that data will be more easily accessible to more people.

Is it bad? Recently my friend had a bicycle stolen from the storage area in the basement of his apartment building. Only a few of the residents had a key to this section of a shared basement. If there had been cameras, he could verify whether or not his bicycle was taken by the kids next door, as he suspected. He swallowed the loss, knowing that filing a police report most likely would not help either. It has not always been like that.

I was told about an incident that happened to people whom I personally knew. Let us go back about ninety years to a small village on the outskirts of a fast-growing industrial city. Most people have already had factory jobs, but they still retained some bits and pieces of their small farms. The lady of one such household keeps several hens that freely roam the area and return to the hen house each night. And, each night, she counts her hens roosting. One day, she finds one missing. She checks around, but there is no doubt, the hen is gone. She gets the idea that her hen was stolen by one of the villagers, a man without a stable income, and known as a petty thief.

She saw him in the neighborhood that day. Without much hesitation, she runs into his house. The moment she opens the door, she is overwhelmed by the aroma of a boiling broth. “You stole my hen!” – she cries. “No, I bought it at the store” – the man answers. “You are lying. I checked, you did not buy at the local store, and you did not make a trip to the city either”.

She was nailing the man down. She bluffed a bit, but a person’s whereabouts were public knowledge and easy to verify. The man confessed that he had caught a hen that wandered into his back yard and agreed to perform some chores the next day as compensation for the lost hen. A little talk, supported by the transparency of community affairs, did more for justice than the institutionalized justice system.

We have heard many stories like that. There are still many small communities where there are no secrets. However, most of us live in big towns. Often we do not recognize the faces of people who have been living next door to us for years. We are anonymous in the store, on the street, in the elevator, almost everywhere. We do not identify our neighbors’ kids, and our children know that they are anonymous faces to people next door.

We do not know who is in need, or who has plenty. Who deserves help out of compassion, who deserves aid from mercy only. From time to time, we are shocked to discover that the person next door is a thief, a pervert, or a terrorist.

We would like to have more security, but we are concerned about privacy. Most of us live in big cities where we enjoy anonymity, often mistaken as privacy. Recently, cameras everywhere and transparency of social media make publicly known what we considered as private. From the perspective of the village or small town like the one mentioned above, with new technologies, everything goes back to normal. History makes a full cycle. On a new level, we are approaching what we have experienced already, namely that our neighbors can easily find out a lot about us and we can easily learn as much about them. Are we losing our privacy, or are we losing our anonymity?

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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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