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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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. 

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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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Freedom cannot be legislated, its restriction can
Mar 31, 2015

Indiana voted in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In his WSJ piece, Gov. Mike Pence claims it was needed to protect the religious freedoms of Hoosiers. Every legislative act by its nature limits someone’s freedom. The only way of increasing freedom is by identifying existing laws that curb personal liberties and then eliminating them.  Hence, if Gov. Pence sees that under some circumstances, the religious freedoms of Hoosiers are not respected, he could correct the situation by eliminating laws causing this problem. We have the Bill of Rights, and it suffices. No “enhancements” are needed.

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Greed-driven health care
Feb 27, 2015

The solution to our health care crisis is in the implementation of more market-driven mechanisms into our health care policy. This is the only way to give patients the freedom to make decisions regarding their care between them and their doctors; not having these decisions made by faceless bureaucrats. The biggest obstacle in implementing a change of this kind is in a deep public conviction that the introduction of the free market into health care will result in doctors, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and everybody else involved being guided by their greed, not the best interests of sick people. The biggest challenge in overturning Obamacare is not in Washington. It is in winning the argument with Americans that free-market-driven health care can serve their needs much better than the government-distributed one.

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Immigration inaction
Feb 17, 2015

Congress could not agree on the immigration reform. President Obama resorted to executive orders. Now he is stopped by a court order. It is sad to see that this legal wrangling substitutes for real discussion on why we have this immigration crisis and what we should do to get it resolved. Most Americans have strong, ideologically motivated views about immigration. If they were right, the policies implemented would work, and we would not have a problem anymore. We have an ongoing problem because most Americans are wrong in their understanding of what caused massive illegal immigration and what we should do to get it corrected. There will be no progress until someone  addresses this problem. For more about why we have this immigration mess go here.  

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Immigration comedy
Jan 26, 2015

The Republicans’ challenge to President Obama's executive orders on immigration is simply comic. We have a President who is clearly a socialist. We have a Republican Congress that declares it is for capitalism. However, on the immigration issue, Republicans are for the purely socialist immigration laws we have. At least on this issue, the President recognizes that socialism does not work, and his executive orders bring a more capitalistic approach. In our theoretically capitalistic country we have a socialist as President who acts to strengthen capitalism. At the same time, the pro-capitalistic majority of Congress acts to defend socialism.   

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What do we have government for?

As frustrating as it is, the ongoing Washington stalemate on health care, immigration and almost any other essential issue should not be surprising. It is not politics as some claim. It is a deep ideological rift among Americans.

Recently, my Congressman, Bill Foster (D) held meetings with his constituents asking questions about the budget. We were seated in groups of six and asked to reach decisions on 39 budgets choices he is facing in Congress. In my group we could not grasp any reasonable consensus. On issues we agreed, other groups reached opposite conclusions. There is a big elephant in the room, and it is not what Time suggests – the nation is even deeper divided than the politicians in Washington are.

The core of this division is on expectations of what we have the government for. It is worth to recall, that in its origination, the United States was founded on the concept of limited government, on the concept that people can handle their own affairs themselves the best, and that they needed the government just for protection from foreign enemies and for securing the order. It was understood that the liberty to pursue one’s individual goals should not be hindered neither by another individual nor any government agency. Formally this is still on the books, and there are still people seriously thinking that this is the way it supposed to be.

Reality is far from this original concept. Between Medicare, Medicaid and other programs – before the ACA even started – the government pays almost half of our health care bills; 45% in 2011, to be precise. The fundamental question is should it pay any? Should it not just limit itself to secure all citizens equal rights to arrange their health care the way they want and stay away from paying for it, with an exception of military personnel on duty? Regardless of political affiliations, most Americans tend to accept much greater government participation in health care. On immigration – another antagonizing issue – Americans accepted government tight control, meaning nationalization of the pivotal part of the labor market, the labor of foreigners. For the first 210 years of the Republic, Americans could hire whomever they wanted, regardless of this person’s immigration status. The immigration law of 1986 took this liberty away. Today most Americans support E-Verify, a totalitarian style government intrusion into freedom of enterprise, more suitable for the Soviet style system, which I experienced, than for America that Tocqueville was writing about.

Following media, one might conclude that the ideological rift is between conservatives and liberals, often called progressives as well. If it was, eventually whatever side is right on any issue, it would prevail. The truth is that both conservatives and progressives are for liberties and limited government, except issues for other reasons important to them. On these issues they do not mind to relinquish all their rights, liberties and desires for small government in exchange for goodies, guaranties protection, and power that the visible hand of government can deliver. Progressives do this on healthcare, conservatives on immigration. And, this is just the tip of a very long list.

The real dichotomy is not between conservatives and liberals but between supporters of the capitalistic system as understood by the Founding Fathers (despite that they did not use this term) and supporters of socialistic concepts that society as a whole has the right and duty to form collectively some lofty goals.  Then, that it should put government in charge of executing these goals, and that it has rights to take away liberties of individuals in the process of implementing these collectively agreed utmost ideas. It is pure socialism in a nutshell. The irony is that both liberals and conservatives fall for these illusions that socialism might work this one time, despite that so far it did not work anywhere else, and has not been working when applied in the U.S. either. Socialistic concepts formed our present health care and immigration systems, and this is the main reason of rising out of control health care costs, high percentage of uninsured and illegal immigration.

The ongoing drama around the healthcare reform highlights “honest and substantial differences between the parties” as President Obama once said with a tone of resignation that they ever could be resolved.   President Obama was wrong; the country cannot function without debating constantly these “substantial differences.”

Each generation needs to revise the role of the government. We can begin with asking the question: “Should the government get involved to begin with?” every time any legislative issue comes on the agenda. Now legislators proudly list regulations they introduced and supported to pass. The first sign of positive change will be when legislators’ point of pride will be in fixing some of our problems by eliminating existing laws and leaving nothing instead.

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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