Brooke Clarke Candidate Statement

Running for House of Representatives

 2nd Congressional District

About Mr. Brooke Clarke

Born in San Francisco and now living in Ukiah, Mendocino county.  B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from San Jose State.  I believe in the scientific method (Wiki) and score at the bottom of the Authoritarian scale (on line book: The Authoritarians by Bob Alteyemer).  The idea of an authoritarian follower is closely related to the Milgram Experiment (Wiki) which demonstrates that some people will follow a leader that they view as an authority to the point of commiting murder.  Also Erich Fromm books:
Escape From Freedom (US), or The Fear of Freedom (UK) (Wiki), The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973) ISBN 978-0805016048.
Books on U.S. politics and authoritarian behaviour are:
Conservatives Without Conscience, ISBN-13: 978-0670037742, 2006, by John Dean
Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, ISBN-10: 1568584172, 2010, by Max Blumenthal

Personal Freedoms

The Bill of Rights needs to be restored (Bill of Rights Defense Committee).  In addition to ending the “War on Drugs” (Wiki) , the “Tough on Crime” (Google) laws need to be repealed.  There are a lot of people in prision that do not belong there (Wiki).  These laws were enacted in the 1980s to curb the crime wave, but did not work (Wiki: Freakonomics).  The justice system needs to be restored so that everyone is equal under the law.  The book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful by Glenn Greenwald (MacMillian) makes the case that not only are the elite immune from prosecution, but the rest of society is over prosecuted, hence the high prison population (Wiki). Equality under the law is the foundation of the U.S. Constitution and without it the whole legal system is defective.

Corporations, churches and governments are not people (MoveToAmend).  This goes way beyond the Citizens United (Wiki) Supreme Court case, for example corporations have the right to lie if they are people (Wiki: Nike v. Kasky).

The current federal government policy encourages whistle blowers (Wiki) yet they are treated as criminals.

Checks and Balances

The checks and balances that used to regulate government and business need to be restored.  For example there was a financial crises surrounding The Great Depression (Wiki).  At that time a lot of effort was put into trying to prevent it from happening again.  As a result The Banking Act of 1933 (Wiki: Glass–Steagall Act) was passed.  But it was dismantled by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 (Wiki) and The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of  1999 (Wiki).  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Wiki) not only does not restore the checks and balances it goes more toward making the problem worse by allowing the Security Exchange Commission (Wiki: failures) to avoid Freedom Of Information Act (Wiki) requests for documents (Wiki: Title IX, Subtitle B, Section 929).

The regulatory commissions need to stop protecting and get back to regulating (Wiki: Regulatory capture).  The root of the problem is the Revolving Door between government and industry and the military (Wiki).  Note the Revolving Door operates in all branches of the government and at all levels.  Openness (Wiki) and transparency needs to be brought back.

Money

The U.S. spends more than twice as much for war each year as (China + UK + France + Russia + Japan + Germany) combined (Wiki: defense spending).  Maintaining foreign bases is very expensive both in terms of money and good will (Wiki) and most of them should be closed.   This is a huge waste of our money that could be spent improving the lives of citizens. 

The tax rate for the wealthiest needs to be raised to 50%.

Adam Smith (Wiki) was wrong about free market economics (Wiki) as demonstrated by John Nash (Wiki). The movie A Beautiful Mind (Internet Movie Data Base) describes his idea in the bar scene.  Government control of things like single-payer health care (Wiki) and the Post Office is more cost effective than privatization (Wiki: Privatizing profits and socializing losses).  Capitalism works when there’s a true competitive market and the checks and balances are in place, it's not good when applied to a monopoly.

The monetary system (Wiki: Fractional Reserve Banking) requires an ever growing economy to work.  That's not a sustainable idea so we need a new monetary system that is sustainable.

Sustainability

Policies based on the idea of perpetual growth need to be changed.  Some products should be labeled with their mean time between failures (Wiki: MTBF) to encourage longevity.  For example when shopping for a car you could choose between a one that will last for 7 years or one that only will last for 3 years.  A related idea is mean time to repair (Wiki). Many products are designed to be thrown away rather than be repaired.  Labeling with MTTF and MTTR would allow consumers to better understand what they are getting.

The Press and Issues

In the video Constructing Public Opinion: How Politicians & the Media Misrepresent the Public (free on line version) or the book Constructing Public Opinion by Justin Lewis (ISBN-13: 978-0231117678) the case is made that political polls more shape than report on public opinion and that the media compound the problem by reporting only on the differences between political parties rather than also reporting on how they agree.

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