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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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.

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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Conversation of a deaf with a mute one – this is the Wall Street Journal style immigration debate

Several prominent Republicans decided to advocate for changing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, so that children born in the United States by illegal immigrants would not receive American citizenship. This initiative is quite controversial, and the Wall Street Journal editors decided to join the debate. They put it on video, which tells us about the essence of our immigration crisis much more than – I suspect – the WSJ editors intended to say.

The interesting part starts when, in his second question (1:42 in the video), Jason Riley, a member of the WSJ editorial board, says: “that there is really no evidence showing that this (birthright citizenship) is what drives illegal immigration to the U.S. We know what does drive it; we know that economic opportunity, that they come for jobs, make a better lives for themselves; but we have no evidence that they come so that their future children would be U.S. citizens.”

In response, William McGurn, who is a Vice President at News Corporation, says (2:07 in the video): “I do not know; I do not know the facts on that well enough to know what the positions are. ” Then he continues mumbling: “Again, I go back to…, I think these things caught on Washington when people don’t feel that the real solution…, when you do not offer the real solution, you got a lot of these other kind of solutions,” eventually steering into historical aspects of the 14th Amendment.

Let us look at the contexts of this exchange. Jason L. Riley did his homework on the immigration issue. He looked for the facts and documented his findings in his recent (2008) book titled: “Let them in: the case for open borders“. Just in case someone might have doubts what his findings are, Mr. Riley gave a subtitle to his book: “Six common arguments against immigration and why they are wrong.” One may argue with the conclusions reached by Mr. Riley, but no one can question that this man knows the facts and that he is an expert on the immigration issue.

However, facts and logic do not matter much to Mr. McGurn. He is deaf to Mr. Riley’s statement that “we have no evidence that they come so their future children would be U.S. citizens.” After candidly acknowledging that he does not know the facts, Mr. McGurn shamelessly follows with speculations taken out of a thin air. For God’s sake, this is a news organization; if you do not know the facts, go, and learn them first before going in front of the camera. Before speaking up on immigration, Mr. McGurn should read the book by Mr. Riley, written from the point of view of an advocate of the free market, and at least one book written from the opposite, liberal point of view. I would recommend “Lockout” by Michele Wucker. For those who did not read this book, let me say, that analyzing facts from the traditional liberal point of view, Ms. Wucker arrived with conclusions close to that of Mr. Riley. Simply, regardless of ideological leaning, whoever analyzes the facts in academic fashion, would arrive with similar conclusions.

Returning to the video, one can see that after Mr. McGurn proudly declared his ignorance, Mr. Riley became mute and did not correct Mr. McGurn that there are facts available for those who care to look for them; after all, Mr. McGurn is the boss. One may notice that the very concept of this conversation is up side down, as someone who knows the subject interviews someone who does not know it.

Mr. McGurn appears to be one of these Americans who speak on the issue just by the virtue of being, not in result of the toil of learning. However, the immigration debate goes this way in America. Those deaf to facts and logic speak loud enough to keep mute those who actually know. To give some credit to Mr. McGurn, he laments that we have not had a true debate about immigration; however, he speaks impersonally, as politicians do (2:35 in the video) “The American people can be trusted to make a good decision on immigration if you have an honest debate with them. We haven’t really had an honest and open debate with them.” Who are “we” in this sentence? Who should have that debate? Should it not be the Wall Street Journal for example? Is not it true that we have not had an honest debate on immigration because mainstream media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal or Fox News failed as the fourth branch of the government? Shouldn’t Mr. McGurn state that we did not have an honest debate on immigration just because he did not do his job?

Surprisingly, Mr. McGurn knows how a good political debate should look like as he states: (4:18 in the video) “When you are talking about an issue, the worst way to talk about it is how do we appeal to this group or that group, rather than to say what is the right thing to do and then how do we sell the right thing to do to the American people.” One may wonder – why he did not follow his own advice? Why did the WSJ not present to readers various options of the immigration reform, and why it did not coordinate the public debate, and why in result of this debate did the WSJ and Mr. McGurn not arrive with the right solution, and did not try to sell it to the American people?

My wild guess is that Mr. McGurn assumes that most Americans are as him, deaf to the facts and logic, and eager to mute their opponents. Hence, he is concerned that selling to Americans “the right thing to do” could harm sales of the WSJ itself. However, there always is hope that Mr. McGurn knows about Americans, and about running political debates in newspapers as much as he knows about immigration.

In my book, people need information as much as they need air, water, and bread. There is money to be made in delivering it. With the WSJ and other mainstream media outlets failing as the fourth branch of the government, I believe that out there are people who already have figured out how to make money on conducting public political debates on igniting issues, and how to collect commission on selling to the American people the right thing to do. Soon they will fill the void left by Mr. McGurn and the WSJ’s inability to do their job.

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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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