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“Every Yale man, or certainly every Episcopalian among them, knew that  Reverend was an adjective, not a noun. It was like Honorable before the name of a legislator or a judge. You might refer to “the Honorable William Rehnquist,” but you wouldn’t call   him ‘Honorable Rehnquist.”  --- except in this house and in this part of New York, where you called him whatever he wanted to be called and you forgot about Yale.”  ---- Bonfire of the Vanities,  Tom Wolfe

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Defining Deviancy Down  by Daniel Patrick Moynihan

From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: a community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future - that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure - that is not only to be expected; it is very near to inevitable.   (And I would add richly deserved. --PD)


Lecture Notes            August 25, 2016


Thank you, Reno! It’s great to be back in Nevada…

My original plan for this visit was to focus on our agenda to help small businesses and entrepreneurs.

This week we proposed new steps to cut red tape and taxes, and make it easier for small businesses to get the credit they need to grow and hire.

Because I believe that in America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. We’ll be talking a lot more about our economic plans in the days and weeks ahead. But today, I want to address something I hear from Americans all over our country.

Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election. It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for President of the United States.

From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.

He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties.

His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.

In just the past week, under the guise of "outreach" to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms:

"Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership.

Crime at levels nobody has seen…

Those are his words.

Donald Trump misses so much.

He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field…

The vibrancy of black-owned businesses…Or the strength of the black church… He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive…And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color.

It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, "What do you have to lose?" The answer is everything!

Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough.

But what he’s doing here is more sinister.

Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters.

It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be.

This is what I want to make clear today:

A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military.

If he doesn’t respect  all Americans, he can’t serve all Americans!

Now, I know some people still want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.

They hope that he will eventually reinvent himself – that there’s a kinder, gentler, more responsible Donald Trump waiting in the wings somewhere.

After all, it’s hard to believe anyone – let alone a nominee for President of the United States – could really believe all the things he says.

But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it.

Maya Angelou once said: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

Well, throughout his career and this campaign, Donald Trump has shown us exactly who he is. We should believe him.

When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants.

Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed.

The pattern continued through the decades.

State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turn-over rate for his minority employees was way above average.

And let’s not forget Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called "Birthers."

He promoted the racist lie that President Obama isn’t really an American citizen – part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black President.

In 2015, Trump launched his own campaign for President with another racist lie. He described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.

And he accused the Mexican government of actively sending them across the border. None of that is true.

Oh, and by the way, Mexico’s not paying for his wall either.

If it ever gets built, you can be sure that American taxpayers will be stuck with the bill.

Since then, there’s been a steady stream of bigotry.

We all remember when Trump said a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana couldn’t be trusted to do his job because, quote, "He’s a Mexican."

Think about that.

The man who today is the standard bearer of the Republican Party said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage.

Even the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, described that as "the textbook definition of a racist comment."

To this day, he’s never apologized to Judge Curiel.

But for Trump, that’s just par for the course.

This is someone who retweets white supremacists online, like the user who goes by the name "white-genocide-TM." Trump took this fringe bigot with a few dozen followers and spread his message to 11 million people.

His campaign famously posted an anti-Semitic image – a Star of David imposed over a sea of dollar bills – that first appeared on a white supremacist website.

The Trump campaign also selected a prominent white nationalist leader as a delegate in California. They only dropped him under pressure.

When asked in a nationally televised interview whether he would disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump wouldn’t do it. Only later, again under mounting pressure, did he backtrack.

And when Trump was asked about anti-Semitic slurs and death threats coming from his supporters, he refused to condemn them.

Through it all, he has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones.

Trump said thousands of American Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks. They didn’t.

He suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps in Trump’s mind, because he was a Cuban immigrant, he must have had something to do with it. Of course there’s absolutely no evidence of that.

Just recently, Trump claimed President Obama founded ISIS. And then he repeated that nonsense over and over.

His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on.

This is what happens when you treat the National Enquirer like Gospel.

It’s what happens when you listen to the radio host Alex Jones, who claims that 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings were inside jobs. He said the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were child actors and no one was actually killed there.

Trump didn’t challenge those lies. He went on Jones’ show and said: "Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down."

This man wants to be President of the United States.

I’ve stood by President Obama’s side as he made the toughest decisions a Commander-in-Chief ever has to make.

In times of crisis, our country depends on steady leadership… clear thinking… and calm judgment… because one wrong move can mean the difference between life and death.

The last thing we need in the Situation Room is a loose cannon who can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction, and who buys so easily into racially-tinged rumors.

Someone detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come.

It’s another reason why Donald Trump is simply temperamentally unfit to be President of the United States.

Now, some people will say that his bluster and bigotry is just over-heated campaign rhetoric – an outrageous person saying outrageous things for attention.

But look at the policies Trump has proposed. They would put prejudice into practice.

And don’t be distracted by his latest attempts to muddy the waters.

He may have some new people putting new words in his mouth… but we know where he stands.

He would form a deportation force to round up millions of immigrants and kick them out of the country.

He’d abolish the bedrock constitutional principle that says if you’re born in the United States, you’re an American citizen. He says that children born in America to undocumented parents are, quote, "anchor babies" and should be deported.

Millions of them.

And he’d ban Muslims around the world – 1.5 billion men, women, and children –from entering our country just because of their religion.

Think about that for a minute. How would it actually work? People landing in U.S. airports would line up to get their passports stamped, just like they do now.

But in Trump’s America, when they step up to the counter, the immigration officer would ask every single person, "What is your religion?"

And then what?

What if someone says, "I’m a Christian," but the agent doesn’t believe them.

Do they have to prove it? How would they do that?

Ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, America has distinguished itself as a haven for people fleeing religious persecution.

Under Donald Trump, America would distinguish itself as the only country in the world to impose a religious test at the border.

Come to think of it, there actually may be one place that does that. It’s the so-called Islamic State. The territory ISIS controls. It would be a cruel irony if America followed its lead.

Don’t worry, some will say, as President, Trump will be surrounded by smart advisors who will rein in his worst impulses.

So when a tweet gets under his skin and he wants to retaliate with a cruise missile, maybe cooler heads will be there to convince him not to.


But look at who he’s put in charge of his campaign.

Trump likes to say he only hires the "best people." But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode of the Apprentice.

The latest shake-up was designed to – quote – "Let Trump be Trump." To do that, he hired Stephen Bannon, the head of a right-wing website called, as campaign CEO.

To give you a flavor of his work, here are a few headlines they’ve published:

"Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy."

"Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?"

"Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield"

"Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage."

That one came shortly after the Charleston massacre, when Democrats and Republicans alike were doing everything they could to heal racial divides. Breitbart tried to enflame them further.

Just imagine – Donald Trump reading that and thinking: "this is what I need more of in my campaign."

Bannon has nasty things to say about pretty much everyone.

This spring, he railed against Paul Ryan for, quote "rubbing his social-justice Catholicism in my nose every second.

No wonder he’s gone to work for Trump – the only Presidential candidate ever to get into a public feud with the Pope.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Breitbart embraces "ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas.

Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’"

Alt-Right is short for "Alternative Right."

The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that "rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity."

The de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump Campaign represents a landmark achievement for the "Alt-Right." A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican Party.

This is part of a broader story -- the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world.

Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi.

Farage has called for a ban on the children of legal immigrants from public schools and health services, has said women are quote "worth less" than men, and supports scrapping laws that prevent employers from discriminating based on race -- that’s who Trump wants by his side

The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In fact, Farage has appeared regularly on Russian propaganda programs.

Now he’s standing on the same stage as the Republican nominee.

Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embrace pro-Russian policies.

He talks casually of abandoning our NATO allies, recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and of giving the Kremlin a free hand in Eastern Europe more generally.

American presidents from Truman to Reagan have rejected the kind of approach Trump is taking on Russia

We should, too.

All of this adds up to something we’ve never seen before.

Of course there’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now.

On David Duke’s radio show the other day, the mood was jubilant.

"We appear to have taken over the Republican Party," one white supremacist said.

Duke laughed. There’s still more work to do, he said.

No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have changed… Racists now call themselves "racialists." White supremacists now call themselves "white nationalists." The paranoid fringe now calls itself "alt-right." But the hate burns just as bright.

And now Trump is trying to rebrand himself as well. Don’t be fooled.

There’s an old Mexican proverb that says "Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are."

We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that.

He says he wants to "make America great again," but his real message remains "Make America hate again."

This isn’t just about one election. It’s about who we are as a nation.

It’s about the kind of example we want to set for our children and grandchildren.

Next time you watch Donald Trump rant on television, think about all the kids listening across our country. They hear a lot more than we think.

Parents and teachers are already worried about what they’re calling the "Trump Effect."

Bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims, and immigrants.

At a recent high school basketball game in Indiana, white students held up Trump signs and taunted Latino players on the opposing team with chants of "Build the wall!" and "Speak English."

After a similar incident in Iowa, one frustrated school principal said, "They see it in a presidential campaign and now it's OK for everyone to say this."

We wouldn’t tolerate that kind of behavior in our own homes. How can we stand for it from a candidate for president?

This is a moment of reckoning for every Republican dismayed that the Party of Lincoln has become the Party of Trump. It’s a moment of reckoning for all of us who love our country and believe that America is better than this.

Twenty years ago, when Bob Dole accepted the Republican nomination, he pointed to the exits and told any racists in the Party to get out.

The week after 9/11, George W. Bush went to a mosque and declared for everyone to hear that Muslims "love America just as much as I do."

In 2008, John McCain told his own supporters they were wrong about the man he was trying to defeat. Senator McCain made sure they knew – Barack Obama is an American citizen and "a decent person."

We need that kind of leadership again.

Every day, more Americans are standing up and saying "enough is enough" – including a lot of Republicans. I’m honored to have their support.

And I promise you this: with your help, I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For those who vote for me and those who don't.

For all Americans

Because I believe we are stronger together.

It’s a vision for the future rooted in our values and reflected in a rising generation of young people who are the most open, diverse, and connected we’ve ever seen.

Just look at our fabulous Olympic team.

Like Ibtihaj Muhammad, an African-American Muslim from New Jersey who won the bronze medal in fencing with grace and skill. Would she even have a place in Donald Trump’s America?


When I was growing up, Simone Manuel wouldn’t have been allowed to swim in the same public pool as Katie Ledecky. Now they’re winning Olympic medals as teammates.

So let’s keep moving forward together.

Let’s stand up against prejudice and paranoia.

Let’s prove once again, that America is great because America is good

Thank you, and may God bless the United States.                 May  9, 2016

Lecture Notes


Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D. C.


Your Excellency;

Time is of the essence.  Here are three (3) things that can be done in less than one (1) month to add to your legacy:

1       Global Warming/Climate Change caused by industrial activity:

Having worked in this area for most of your terms you may well wonder what can be done in just thirty (30) days?  Indeed you are on record as saying that “there is no Plan B.”  But, Sir, what if you were wrong?  What if there is an additional action you could take? A  way of providing emergency action to the problem? The atmosphere’s natural variation sometimes has levels of carbon as high as 280ppm but now the level is 385ppm, should we not expect to see consequences today?  The answer is yes, the effects are everywhere to be seen.

The planet cannot wait for the slow reduction of the rate in which carbon is introduced into the atmosphere.  We must take action now to reduce the solar forcing of the atmosphere caused by carbon and methane. An engineered release into the stratosphere of sulfates will be invisible but will reflect a sufficient amount of sunlight to counter the heat kept in the system by the 385ppm of carbon. (I call this process Artificial Clouds.)

Obviously this process will take more than thirty (30) days but what you can do is direct NASA to make its new supercomputers available to the scientists to model these Artificial Clouds. Your legacy will be that you initiated this emergency relief for the planet.

The Artificial Clouds do not correct the underlying problem but for this, in addition to the actions taken under the Paris Accords, there has just

been announced another technological solution that removes carbon from the atmosphere:  chemists at George Washington University have announced a scheme to remove carbon from the atmosphere and use it to produce carbon fibers.  At current levels of efficiency they estimate they need an area the size of 10% of the Sahara to remove all excess carbon in ten (10) years.  This would not only eliminate global warming but would of course save the acidification of the world’s oceans.  A complete solution.

I do not know what the carbon fibers could be sold for but consider if only 1% of the area of the Sahara was devoted to the project all excess carbon would be removed in one hundred (100) years.  Without this process I had estimated that we would have to maintain Artificial Clouds for hundreds of years and again the oceans would be cooled but their Ph would be changed. 

Here again, by directing the Department of Energy to initiate a study of the proposal and model it both for its technical and economic feasibility your legacy would be the President who lead the way on Climate Change solutions.  It is not Plan A or Plan B, it is both. Plan B is fast acting on cooling the planet, Plan A, the Paris Accords, is long range.


2       Steven Brill, in his book:  America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System, is critical of you and your staff for being too elitist to get down and dirty in the actual work of dealing with the money, the actual costs, of medical care.

Others have pointed to the rising health insurance premiums.  You can turn all this criticism around in less than thirty (30) days.  Simply ask your ambassador to Germany to ask the Germans to give us their medical procedure books with appropriate pricing.  Of course everything will be in German and priced in Euros but you can ask Universities that have both a German Department and a medical school to translate the texts. (All the books are on computer so the material can be downloaded immediately.)

German medicine is the next most expensive medicine, 12% GDP compared to our 18% GDP. We could choose France, the next most expensive, or Britain, Japan, Taiwan, but we only have thirty (30) days so let’s make this easy. What all these countries have in common that we do not have is a medical procedure book with agreed prices.  (One advantage

to an agreed procedure book is that it is a complete defense to medical malpractice suits and also eliminates “defensive medicine.”)

It may occur to you that our insurance companies and HMOs also have procedure books with agreed prices with their health care provider networks.   Unfortunately I fear if you rely on insurance companies to control costs you will be disappointed.  First, consider that the larger the percentage of the economy that flows through the insurance companies books the greater their profit.  If you were an insurance company executive would you want to insure an industry that had an 18% share of the economy or a 12% share?

I worked in insurance for 24 years and we used to say we do not pay claims we finance them.  We become a part of the industry we insure. (This makes insurance infinitely interesting.)  As long as the insured can make its payments, by raising its prices all is well, but if premiums should falter, the insurance profits falter.

Warren Buffett says what keeps him up at night is thinking about all the new accident avoidance technology that is coming.  Mr. Buffett worries that there will be fewer accidents.  You might think the insurance companies would be more profitable if they pay fewer claims, but as the claims go down competition for premiums will drive down premium prices, or as was said above, the percentage of money going through the insurance company books will go lower and lower as driving becomes safer and safer. 

Germany has 143 health insurance companies that continue to make a profit but they have been rationalized to function at 12% GDP of the economy.  Perhaps we will not be able to achieve 12% GDP because German Doctors are not paid enough and we may have to settle for a little less of a savings.   

In any event you will, Sir, be remembered as the President who finally achieved National Health Care and also directed it to affordability on the German Model. (This in less than thirty (30) days.)

3       In the 26 years since I first started writing to Washington about the importance of self-paced computer assisted learning using Laser Disks most of the United States has been wired for the internet.  However, not all.  Prison cells, our ships at sea, a few other places, Indian Reservations, still need to be connected and can in the meantime be given Laser Disks

and players which are even cheaper now than when I first wrote about how inexpensive they were.  The need is greatest overseas.  In Asia, (Far East, and South East & South West), the Middle East, Africa, South America there is still a need for the Laser Disk technology.   

In less than thirty (30) days you can direct Departments of Education and State to form a working group to acquire copyrights for courses most now on the internet to be distributed to the world on Laser Disks.

If we can keep the young people in the villages of the Third World and get an education from the Laser Disks before they go off to the cities their lives and the economy of these countries will be greatly improved.  (See the Math Project Letters archive and the New Ruskin College Letters archive in the Moynihan Memorial Library at  


Very Truly Yours;


Plinio Designori



New Ruskin               April  19, 2016

Lecture Notes


William F. Buckley, Jr. commented that he had read in the New York Times that a poor Black child growing up in Harlem never has a chance to contribute to his environment. It is all complete; he moves in its spaces isolated and withdrawn from it, because all has been made before he was even born.


Buckley thought this more Liberal clap trap.  He replied that what was said about the poor Black child in Harlem could just as easily be said of him.  Wasnt he also dependent on the previous generations for the New York Public Library and the symphony hall the trees in Central Park?


Are not we all dependent on prior generations for what is handed down to us?  Only the Goddess Dianna came into this world fully armored.  Our dependency on society is not evidence of the need for SOCIALISM, much less the basis for it.


To repeat the true basis of SOCIALISM is the false idea that the economy can be run objectively.  The falsity is that science offers an objective way to manage the economy; it cannot. Don't you see if there were an objective the best then . . . communism would have worked?


I was in a graduate seminar in which it was agreed that the BMW was a superior car. (This being California.)  I interjected that I thought the VW was a superior engineered car.  Around the table laughter.  Well, I said, the VW achieves 80% of the braking at 60% of the cost, 75% of the acceleration at 50% of the cost, and so forth. (Facts are only illustrative.)


Only the consumer can give meaning to these assemblies of steel, aluminum, and ceramic.  They have no meaning" or "value" other than that given to them by the consumer in a free market. Scientific SOCIALISM arose at a time when there were great hopes for the scientific method to be applied throughout society, we now do not expect science to carry such a load.


Yet the Liberals will not let go of it and call planting trees SOCIALISM or building libraries or distributing food stamps.  All of which antagonizes the Conservatives, who are gullible enough to believe the Liberals claim even though Conservatives should know better than most how wrong Liberals have been on so many things.


For example, Lawrence ODonnell keeps holding up a Time magazine with the cover, We are all socialist now, to his viewers as if those liberal journalist at Time were validation of his own opinion.

ODonnell and the Left will not give up SOCIALISM for anything. They cannot admit that they and their hero Left-wing predecessors were so wrong: value only arises in a free market where the consumer exercises free choice.


The situation with Marxist professors in our colleges is much the same.  They are not at all interested in the utter collapse of Marxism in reality for them their studies are simply words that relate to other words and so on.  That their scholarship is indecipherable to anyone outside their school is of no consequence to them.


Given this the denial of the reality of the utter failure of MARXIST  SOCIALISM by their parents and professors is it any wonder that their children at university want speech codes, safe zones, no challenges to their Leftist point of view?


Buckley understood these public goods as the commonwealth and Lincoln did not need Marx to regurgitate old British Parliament Blue Stocking reports to understand the relationship of public private partnership which in his day was called the American System.


Railroad right of ways and canals were financed (at full market interest U.S. Senator Moynihan would want us to remember) to open new territory, by government and expand the empire. And if you can see the American System expanding the country by canals and railroads how hard to imagine the great cities growing by issuing municipal bonds to pay for paved streets, and sewers, and water, and sidewalks, as municipal authorities with their access to greater long term capital replaced the hodge-podge of private companies? The American System was not SOCIALISM it was literally paving the way for capitalistic development.


So consider a condominium of 20 stories built in San Francisco. The parking garage in the basement is this not like the street? Cars are removed from the street for the common good. When the American System was operating building streets was a municipal good and financed with municipal, lower interest, long term bonds paid by the whole city not required of just the residents. The fire sprinkler system replaces the need for a new fire house which would have been a common cost yet the new residents are required to pay by themselves alone.  The water pipes that go up the building and the sewer pipes that go down would also have been a common cost of growth shared by the city but now it is carried not in lower interest rate municipal bonds but in the price of the units. Are not the hallways and elevators not unlike sidewalks . . .? and so on. 

 Here you have two types of similarly placed residents:  one required to pay the cost of sewers, streets, fire, water etc. as if all were being provided for the first time and all the others, a majority, who are able to take advantage of these things without any up front capital charge, making monthly payment on municipally financed bonds.  And the Democrats can see no unfairness in this.


The mass media killed her.
Never forget Jacintha Saldanha

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