Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Managing Editor + Contributor
Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor of over 30 books. In his book The New Americanism: How the Democratic Party Can Win the Presidency (1992, available at http://www.amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com), Dr. Jonas presented his proposal for that “new vision and mission” for the Democratic Party that so many, for so many years, have been urging it to find, and still are. A new vision and mission were obviously needed then. They are needed with increasing urgency, as with increasing speed and determination the Republican/Tea Party is driving our nation towards economic and social collapse with the then very likely emergence of frank theocratic fascism. In this book Dr. Jonas found that vision and mission in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As of the end of 2011, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the successors to the Democratic Leadership Council which still influence the Party leadership, the Democratic Party is still looking for it.
Dr. Jonas' occasional Commentaries on this subject and related ones can be found at Truthout and Buzzflash.In addition to being Managing Editor and a Contributing Author for TPJmagazine, Dr. Jonas is also a Contributor to The Planetary Movement, a Contributing Editor for The Greanville Post (http://www.greanvillepost.com/; a Featured Writer for Dandelion Salad; a Contributor to Op-Ed News.com (http://www.opednews.com/), and a Contributor to TheHarderStuff newsletter (all of which periodically republish his BuzzFlash/Truthout Commentaries).
Dr. Jonas is also the author of The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Under the pseudonym "Jonathan Westminster" this book was originally published in 1996. It was republished with a New Introduction in 2004 (both versions are available on Amazon and the 2004 version is available on Barnes and Noble.com). It is currently being serialized on TPJ Magazine. Under Georgite rule, major elements of the “fictional non-fiction” scenario of this work of “future history,” most unfortunately, became all too real. Although the projected historical scenario departs from what actually happened in 2008, many of the policies of the current Republican/Tea Party appear in the book. This is so precisely because in the mid-1990s, the Republican Party, under the leadership of such men as Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, were telling us very clearly what they would do if they ever took clear power in Washington and elsewhere around the country.
The similarities between those policies, which will hardly be disappearing from the national political scene anytime soon regardless of what happens in the 2012 elections, and those of the book’s fictional first fascist President, Jefferson Davis Hague, are all too real. With continuing Republican efforts to make things as bad as they can for the Obama Administration, led by Dick Cheney, “Beckoning Savagely Le-vinitating O’RHannibaugh,” Newt Gingrich, the GOP Congressional leadership, the collective "Tea Parties" and their mostly anonymous Citizens United creators/-backers, the threat of a fascist future for our nation has hardly disappeared. Certainly, the results of the 2010 election have strengthened their hand, while the response of the Obama Administration has been at best weak.
The 2004 edition of “The 15%” is available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com (search with the book title) and http://www.xlibris.com/ (click on “Bookstore,” then “Search” with the title). Both versions are available at http://www.amazon.com (go to "Books;" search with the title).
By STEVEN JONAS MD, MPH - 04.13.14
Pete Seeger, as almost every reader of these pages will know, passed away at the age of 94 on Jan. 27, 2014. Pete was a great folksinger, explorer of US music, and song writer. In his younger days he was also a great banjo picker, and learned how to play the 12-string guitar (a difficult instrument in its own right) from the legendary Afro-American blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly. He worked with one of the founding US folklorists, Alan Lomax, as well as his with his father, Charles Seeger and his step-mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger (mother of Pete's step-sister, the folk singer Peggy Seeger), also important folk musicologists. And of course he was...
By STEVEN JONAS MD, MPH - 02.27.14
This month I am starting a new approach to my column for TPJfPD. As some of you know, we have a Facebook page. I regularly post comments on current events on that page. Now, in my monthly columns I will be sharing with you a set of those comments from the previous month. They will of course be on several different topics. I hope that you will enjoy them, and also that on occasion you may visit our page as well, to see what else is up there. Hey, you never know. You may “Like” us!
For starters (actually last month, Jan. 31, 2014), remember Jamie Dimon’s raise? Indeed, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, got a grand increase for 2104. How could that be, many folks have said. The company paid a record $20 billion in fines for “improper practices” last year.
By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH - 02.09.14
Pope Francis has been taking some pretty remarkable positions, for a Pope at any rate, during his first year in office. Indeed, in the context of the Roman Catholic Church they could be considered radical. For example, he has opened the door to gay Catholics, he has acknowledged that there is some sort of “gay lobby” within the Vatican itself, he has said that atheists might well be welcomed into heaven. He has also been engaging in some fairly substantive house-cleaning and reorganizing, like bouncing more than one reactionary Cardinal from places of influence on policy making and politics...