Selected Writings & Essays

This page includes English language (and one in Chinese) essays posted in other media or blogs relevant to the topics of interest to the author. Some are direct postings on Facebook, others may be "Notes" and yet others may be from one of my other blogs or this same one, grouped thematically into six major categories: 
The title of each essay is a hyperlink to the full text of it. At the bottom of the page there are links to two books I've written and to essays in English from my book on Venezuela.


Interpreting the Democrat's Latino Problem. - November 19, 2020

Americans come in all colors.

The Other Problem With the Electoral College. - October 30, 2020

It is not just about representation.

Some of the People... - September 29, 2020

Not everyone believes in democracy all of the time.

Will the U.S. Become Venezuela? - July 28, 2020

The many paths to strongman rule.

A Weak Democracy - December 4, 2019

Party Rule, subverting democratic representation around the world, has finally made it to the U.S.

The Big Nullification - October 21, 2019

Is the will of voters overrated or manipulated?

We'll See What Happens .... October 3, 2019

Impeachments are symptoms of a deeper divide. 

Do Human Rights Matter? - December 6, 2018

Written for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Liberty and Freedom, Words that Matter – July 4, 2018

Independence Day can always be used to reflect on its meaning.

Liberty Under Attack - February 25, 2017

Thoughts on freedom of speech and the press – with a sprinkling of Mills and Burke.

On Snowden and Manning - November 24, 2016

Comment on a letter to President Obama – and the letter.

After the Election: First Thoughts - November 9, 2016

Wednesday morning quarterbacking is not fulfilling. 

Tear Down that Wall - July 9, 2016

Addressing the divisiveness affecting our nation. 

Frankenstein’s Monster Redux – October 9, 2016

Be careful what you wish for.
Campaigns as horse races tend to obscure the facts.

Supreme it is - February 24, 2016

Thoughts upon the sudden death of Justice Scalia on February 13, 2016.

Gerrymandering is a cancer to democracy.
In 2009. to protect former Bush administration officials, the right wing media was defending torture as a rightful procedure to extract valuable information.

Love and Marriage - September 20, 2009

A personal story about Gay Marriage.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or Tax Initiatives that You can Use Now - March 26, 2009

What “progressive” tax cuts and fiscal stimulus look like.

The 2012 decision upholding the ACA contains jurisprudence that may haunt interstate commerce for years to come and a potential poison pill for the ACA itself.

The Cost of Healthcare (Part 1): The Economic Case for Healthcare Reform - October 5, 2009

The first of a series of essays dedicated to the dysfunctional health care system in the US and arguing for the "Public Option" as a market check and balance.

The Cost of Healthcare (Part 2): The Moral Case for Healthcare Reform - October 5, 2009

The second of a series of essays dedicated to the impact of the dysfunctional health care system in the US.

The Cost of Healthcare (Part 3): The Political Case for Healthcare Reform - October 9, 2009

A review of the haphazard regulatory system and the industry as a whole, as compared to similar developed countries spending less per capita yet with better outcomes. 

Additional commentary and info on this essay: "And Talking About the Drug Lobby".



Let's Talk About the Economy - September 1, 2019

Is this as sunny as it gets, or is someone looking out the wrong window? 

The Great American Con - August 10, 2016

Selling an economic plan but, is it a bridge in Brooklyn? 

Trump's Trade Deals - July 2, 2016

A “what’s in it for me” mentality might explain a lot about the Trump way of thinking.

The Immigrant September 25, 2019

We look and expect the mirror to reflect the best within us.

The Economics of Inequality or A Healthy Economy is Healthy for Everyone. – June 13, 2016

“America needs a raise” was a common refrain at the time of this essay.



A More Perfect Union - September 25, 2019

The Second Amendment has become a marketing slogan for the Gun Lobby.

A community grieves together in a show of action.

Guns and Us: A Call for Action  - February 21, 2018

Thoughts & Prayers are not enough, unless those thoughts are about what makes gun violence happen and how to stop it. Spoiler alert: guns are part of it.

A Funeral for an Innocent - February 18, 2018

Access and Control - December 16, 2012

Sandy Hook was a heart rending headline of the mass murder of innocents shortly after the Assault Weapons Ban expired and the DC v Heller decision.


21st Century Barbarians - July 24, 2014

After the downing of flight MH17, over Ukrainian airspace. 

Our Sister's Keeper? - June 23, 2009

Neda Agha-Soltan's violent death during a peaceful protest is heart rending.


The Situation in Venezuela - February 27, 2019

Some chess playing and horse trading at the UN Security Council

Democracy can be lost like a frog in water slowly rising to a boil.

Documenting a Genocide  - September 23, 2018

This is what political repression looks like.

是委内瑞拉小中国的麻?   - January 22, 2017  

(Is Little Venezuela Big Trouble for China? - Open letter to China on Venezuela)




When Majorities Lose- June 16, 2015

The Madness of Leadership - March 6, 2015

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