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About bbriley42

Retired former engineer and (later) clinical social worker. Married, with two adult children. Long time student of spirituality and "A Course in Miracles." Presently alarmed at how the U.S. economic system, with all of its strengths, is poisoning our society, world economic fairness and the biosphere upon which we rely for physical life itself. I have thus helped form an economic reform study-advocacy group.

Two Recent Compelling Books on Our Troubles–with Solutions


I have recently discovered two excellent books about the depths of trouble our nation has gotten into.  Both are concise, VERY blunt (and informed) about our social dysfunction as a result of our economic system (especially over the past 45 … Continue reading

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Wonderful Book(s) on Alternative Currencies!


I have just started reading an excellent book on Alternative Currencies which is understandable, comprehensive and compelling.  Its message is that we must develop local and/or regional currencies to supplement our U.S. national currency if we are to truly meet … Continue reading

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The Election of November 6, 2012


Like many others in our Economic Reform Advocacy Group, we have felt the tension between: 1) Our long term goal of advocating effectively for major economic-political system reforms in support of national and global social justice and ecological sustainability; and: … Continue reading

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Article from the current Newsweek


Regarding the seriousness of the current situation in the USA and Europe, I suggest you read this article (below) from the current Newsweek. It made quite an impression on me, although I was not surprised at what George Soros said.  … Continue reading

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Businesses making profits but workers aren’t benefiting


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/26/business/for-companies-the-good-old-days-are-now.html?_r=4&ref=business What’s wrong with our cultural ethics here? Higher profits, yet workers aren’t sharing in it. Wages and salaries are at a low point as a fraction of gross domestic product. We need a political change, since the party of … Continue reading

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State-Sponsored Capitalism?


A knowledgeable person in our Economics Reform Advocacy Group (ERAG) mentioned a 2010 book, The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations?, by Ian Bremmer, which suggests a newly emerging model, State-Sponsored Capitalism, such … Continue reading

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Madison and the Need for System Change


The current situation in Madison, Wisconsin, and several other states starkly points out the need for system change.  This represents more than a partisan challenge.  Some (not all) of these Republican governors seem to think that attacking the right of … Continue reading

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Surprising Legislative Success!


It was quite surprising to me that the “lame duck” congress was able to pass such landmark legislation in the past week or so, including the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the branches of the military, … Continue reading

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William Greider’s “Come Home, America”


I am about 60% through William Greider’s excellent 2009 book, “Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country.”  The book covers much more than economics, although the need for economic and political reform is laid … Continue reading

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David Korten’s “Seven Points of Intervention”


David Korten has been writing excellent optimistic – and yet challenging and realistic – books on economic system reform for years.  His most recent book, published in August, 2010, is the 2nd Edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From … Continue reading

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