I strongly support Elizabeth Warren for president. But as more and more policies were released by the campaign, I came to feel Senator Warren’s message was being diluted by the abundance of policy proposals. I sent the following speech to the Warren campaign in hopes it would be adopted. I thought I heard some of the messaging in the sixth debate, so who knows, maybe it was. Read on…

In a nutshell, capitalism’s relentless pursuit of profits leads to distortions in the behavior of business executives as they seek to maximize profits for their shareholders. And when they succeed, their…


There are numerous thoughts on how the United States landed in the place it is in today, a place where tax revenues are reduced to ease the burden on the wealthiest, where more than fifty percent of our government’s budget is committed to national security, and where most families are living paycheck to paycheck, many do not have health insurance, higher education is becoming out of reach for the middle and lower classes, life expectancy is shortening, and poor prospects for the future leave many of us worried about whether we will continue to have a place to live, food…


Fortunately, authoritarianism does not emerge fully formed, but rather grows over time. This offers an opportunity to halt or slow its spread as it takes root. The conditions for authoritarianism’s emergence typically include an impasse in the political system and the failure to resolve severe economic challenges for the body politic. …


There is little doubt in my mind the American political system is under attack by a home-grown demagogue using the Fascist playbook to marginalize people of color, who is enabled by a Congress controlled by a political party that is too afraid to stand up for our system of governance or too eager to benefit from personal and policy gains. The result is a slow-motion collapse of many of our democratic institutions. As we are dragged down this path, we will need rescuers who will resist and save us from our very own American Authoritarianism. …


Today, in the United States of America, our president and his executive departments pursue policies and implement or rescind regulations that single out and marginalize migrants-of-color, making their lives miserable, and we as individuals have to decide when and how to resist. Whether splitting up asylum-seeking families, reversing protections under DACA, eliminating the path to citizenship for those serving in the U.S. military, threatening the revocation of naturalized citizenship, choosing not to renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, Haitians, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans, and stopping H-1B visa extensions to highly skilled foreign workers and not permitting their spouses to…

Shimon Avish

I am trained as a political scientist, and retain an enduring interest in why things are the way they are.

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