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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 with others in our community formed an economic reform study-advocacy group.

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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“Right Relationships” and Economic Systems


Here is an excellent book on the relationship between faith, values and economic systems:  Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, by Peter G. Brown et al, 2009.  Developed by a team of Quaker scholars, it offers a holistic perspective … Continue reading

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We Must Reform Our Economic System!


  When one looks at the current recession, brought about by deregulation approved by both political parties and the subsequent financial speculation and unwise loans and mortgages, it soon becomes apparent that the very nature of our global economic system … Continue reading

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