All posts by anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty

Are Open Primaries the Answer?

I know people, good people, sincere people who think opening the primaries to all voters is better than the current system of requiring a voter to be a member of a party to vote. They point to the fact that more and more voters are registering as independents. If we leave the primaries closed, that means less and less voters have a say in the nomination process. Which means fewer people are motivated to vote in the general for a candidate who they did not help select.

While I understand the logic, I think this is treating a symptom as a cause. The reason so many people, especially young people are registering as NPAs is because they have become disgusted with both parties. They rightly see the GOP as the party of the white male and the radically conservative, and they see, with rare exception, the Democratic Party, is ineffective and out of touch with their daily lives. These voters are typically both low information voters and low turnout voters. Opening the primary would only allow people with less interest in promoting the platform of the Democratic Party more influence based often bad information from whatever candidate or dark money PAC managed to feed them.

If we reach out, as a grassroots party, invite these disaffected voters to help us build and maintain a party and a slate of candidates they can support, they will come into the tent, and be the next generation of leaders, instead of occasional and casual bomb throwers from outside. By election day, no matter what kind of primary system we have, it too late. We must restore the Democratic Party to be the vibrant political voice of the poor, the young, the old and the working class (blue and white collar). An open primary does nothing but put a band-aid on a gaping wound.

We don’t need a way to encourage people who are not invested in the party to disrupt the party (think Bernie Sanders), we need people who feel welcome (that’s on us), and people who give a good goddamn (that’s on them). Let us focus on opening the party to new-comers and shed our mostly white ole boy (and ole girl) teams at the local level. If we take the party to the streets, year-round on year and off year, build party activities that mean something to the people we want to be part of the party. Party activists vote in both the primary and the general, and because they were involved through the whole process they are invested in the winner, even if the winner wasn’t their first choice.



I Do Not Support Socialism

I Do Not Support Socialism, at least not in the old Marxist planned economies system where a group of “comrades” control the lives of all others. If by socialism, you mean more the western European model, with a few adjustments, I support that.

I do support policies that create micro capitalists and a strong safety net, be it through basic income or some other mechanism. the biggest problem I see is that we have allowed the useful task of capital aggregation to become all consuming. if we had tax and social policies that made sure a wealth creator kept, say 90% of the wealth he/she created, and the capitalist got a small cut for his/her activity of arranging the capital for whatever project was at hand, we would have the best of both worlds. There is no reason why we cannot make sure those who do the work, who create wealth are rewarded proportionately to the wealth they create.

(My ideal method of creating the basic income/safety net is to add a 15% surtax to every dollar earned in the USA by individuals or corporations, and then pay EVERY person living in the USA $500 per month, with an additional $500 for heads of households. This payment would go to homeless unemployed as well as millionaires and would neither be taxable income, nor would it effect any supplement any low-income person currently qualifies for.)

This means a family of three would receive $2,000 per month, plus any wage or support they were already receiving. Meaning the lowest they could every earn s $24,000 per year, and as most of America works and earns between $15,000 and $50,000 per year, very few Americans would have less than $39,000 in household income. This would automatically eliminate poverty and insure a vigorous and continued consumer driven growth in the economy.

The idea that “labor” is a commodity to be paid $5 – $50 per hour, and the capital aggregators and labor managers should receive ALL the profits over and above that labor fee, is nuts.

If I work on an assembly line, along with 1999 other workers, building Chevys each making $33.00 per hour we earn $2,640,000, collectively, per week, building 2000 automobiles cost in material $17,500 each, and these cars are worth $32,000 each, after money costs, (remember, the capitalist rarely brings much of his own money, and if he does, the cost of that money is not profit) development, marketing, insurance, and transportation costs are added in, this means the workers earned $1800 each combined for each car, leaving a “profit” to the capitalists is $2,100.00 per unit! (See Chart)

Typical Auto Costs

Why shouldn’t the workers get say $1 ($1.00 x 2000 employees = $2000 to the wealth creators) for each person per car, and the capitalists get $100.00? There is no reason. There is no reason the worker and the capitalist should not each $1.05 per car, with the capital aggregator getting a salary like the line workers of a base of around $68K, but that is a system that would surely find little support among the underpaid workers of America!

Now, the men and women who build the car and create the value earn the same $68,640 base, plus $100,000, or $168,000 each, while the capitalist would still earn $10,000,000. Note, the costs of money are calculated in the cost items, so this profit goes to the “owner”

The truth is, most car companies would have several such plants and sell more like 1-2 million cars, producing about 15 times as much total profit, after the costs of investments, or a total profit of around $150,000,000 for the stockholders.

This proposal seems outrageous to the American mind, yet, it is not socialism, nor is it anymore unreasonable than having them earn 68K and the capitalist to earn 210 million dollars!

Of course, the $68,640 wage for autoworkers is already high, by comparison to many other workers in America, and these other workers should also see an effective sharing of the wealth they create. Remember, McDonalds and Walmart would make nothing if there were not employees in both factories and in their retail/restaurant locations. If every worker walked off the job next week, none of these great capitalists, for all their automated systems, would not make any money.

Of course, if line workers were making hundreds of thousands of dollars, on highly productive organizations, we could have a good tax plan that took a fair chunk of that to make sure no one went without food, shelter, healthcare and education. The superrich would still pretty damn rich, and successful wealth creators would be rewarded.

If every worker in American had the same paycheck, it would be over $100,000 per year! Now, in a capitalist system, we do not expect everyone to make the same, but if the range was from about $60K to $150K no one would be poor, and there would still be plenty of incentive to motivate the average wealth creator.

Old Copper, A New Concept in Currency

Sundial Coin cover Old Copper 2018

Old Copper 2018

the coin that spends like cash, but you get it for free, or by shopping  

Symbol OC

Coins are earned in the following manner:

Sign up/open account = 10 coins

To sign up, you go to ecommerce website, type in your email address and a password, 10 coins will be placed in your account,  your email and password are all that you will ever need to extract and/or spend a coin.

Sign up a new account =10 coins

(both the retailer recruiting a new member and the new member receive 10 coins)

New account gets 10 coins, Spender earns one coin for every 10 spent.

Retailers receive 50 coins for signing up as participants Retailers receive 1 bonus coin for every 10 coins they accept, Retailers must give a value worth at least $1 USD per coin when accepting coins.

Example: Pizza parlor can offer “Buy a large pizza, for $10.99 or $8.99 and two OC coins, or buy one large pizza and get medium pizza for 8 OC.

When Retailer signs up new member, retailer gets 10 coins.

Every coin will be traceable for every transaction from email to email. This should reduce theft as we should be able to track a theft to the new account, and remove the coins and return them to the rightful owner. As the coins should never be worth more than a dollar or two, stealing them, knowing there is a pretty good chance we can track you ought to make it not worthwhile to try and steal them, unless someone has a million of them.

After the initial sign up, the new member gets an email every day for ten days, in the email is a digital coin they click on to add to their account. After 10 days, we send an email once per week for ten weeks, now they have earned 30 coins in 3 months, we can cut it down to 1 coin per month, but we can also send them bonus coins whenever we feel we need to boost circulation.

But let’s say we get a few thousand members using OC, and a few hundred retailers accepting them, say 10,000 members spending 10 coins per month, and 300 retailers accepting 334 coins each not only would the corporate account earn 100,000 OCs, the collective members would 10,000 coins for spending, the retailers would earn 10,000 for accepting, and of course, the corporate account would get another 10,000 coins, so at this rather small base (it may be really hard for us to get 10,000 members and 300 retailers, but given the 330,000,000 people in the USA (and, I guess this could become an international currency at some point, so 7 billion people), 10,000 is a small group, and the same with 300 retailers:

Type                  Users           Quan      Total

Individuals    10,000             10           100,000

Retailers            300            334          100,200

Total             200,200               0.5       100,100   Corporate

if it scaled to this

Type                  Users           Quan      Total

Individuals    100,000           10        1,000,000

Retailers            3,000          334       1,002,000

Total            2,002,000           0.5       1,001,000   Corporate

Starting coin allotment:

2 million coins for founders’ group

2 million coins for IT team who coordinates the e-commerce, the coin and a system that automatically adds coins to wallets

We can encourage the retailers to offer the OCs as a giveaway, where let us say you buy out hypothetical pizza for $10 USD, you get a free OC or maybe more than one?

This would be an added value, and keep more of the coins in circulation. Of course, as we have discussed, at some point, the OCs might have some B2B value.

Until then, I think encouraging the retailers to use them as promotional giveaways to employees and customers would be best.

Using the bonus coin system to expand or shrink the level of circulation seems like a useful tool.

Each time a new coin is created, by any method, a half coin is generated and deposited in the corporate account. These coins would belong equally to the shareholders, based on how many shares an individual had.

When the retailer has a customer who signs up, they each get ten coins. The corporation also gets 10 coins.

When the customer uses the 10 coins, and the retailer accepts ten coins, they both each get one bonus coin, so does the corporate account.

By forcing the retailers to give the coin a value of at least $1USD even if they limit how many of them you can use at least, at first, this would create a cash value closer to $1.00 but it will also, as will the relative ease of earning coins mean there will not be a lot of upward pressure at first.

Ways coins are created:

Member sign up and member recruitment:         10 and 10 and 10 for the corporation

Retailer sign up:                                                  50 coins and 25 coins for the corporation

Spending and accepting of coins creates .1 coin for every coin spent and .1 coin for every coin accepted, so each transaction creates, per coin, .2 coins plus a .1 coin for the corporation.

Email coins:

When a member signs up, they will receive an email per day, for the next 10 days, creating one coin per email, then for 10 weeks they will receive one email per week creating one coin per email

Bonus coins

We may, from time to time, send random bonus coins to both members and retailers, at our discretion. We may also develop activities that are rewarded with bonus coins, such as spending a certain amount, or, for the retailer, collecting a certain amount. We may also use coins as incentives for recognizing good deeds.

There will never be a set limit on number of coins, nor an  imposed value of coins (though a $1USD in store purchase value will be required).


Dear Tom Perez, DNC, DCCC

Dear Tom Perez, DNC, DCCC,
and other entities within the Democratic National Party. In the year 2000, I got involved with the party to try to stop George W Bush, I have stayed involved and I have encouraged everyone I know to do likewise. When I meet people who are concerned abut the party being too centrist, I say, “join the party, volunteer your way to the top.”

When people got upset because the DNC laid a heavy thumb on the scale, I said, hey, its their party, if you want Bernie or anyone else, you should be on the inside, pushing a progressive agenda, and a progressive slate of candidates. I still believe the best way to fix the party is to get in the tent and work your way up.
Continue reading Dear Tom Perez, DNC, DCCC

When I was growing up, conservative meant two related things.

A conservative person wasn’t cheap, they weren’t selfish, what they were was very careful with their money. They might buy a Mercedes or Volvo instead of a Pinto, because they were persuaded of the value of quality and durability, and probably safety, too. They did not buy designer bags to show off the labels. Generally, they drove Buicks and Oldsmobiles, keeping the same car for several years. They lived in moderate well-built houses and took interesting trips, staying in safe clean but inexpensive lodging.


  • They were slow to adapt to new ideas, be they radical rightwing or leftwing ideas. Today, we might call them principled moderates. If you had a calm rational discussion with them, and had valid points and good documentation, they might at least consider what you have to say. They were not opposed to knew and better ideas, but they remained skeptical until there was solid proof the new idea was right. Sometimes they were wrong, sometimes they held onto gender and race and religion in ways that most of us today find a bit backwards, but they tended to come around, only a bit slower than the trend setting “liberal minded” sort.


  • Today, Conservative, does not mean this at all. In most cases, conservatives today, look at items that do not support America as it was in 1950 as bad, even if they are well documented, long tested and rigorously evaluated by experts. These “new things and new ideas” are, by their very nature, seen as wrong, and evil and destructive to some moral order.


  • When science determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, when the science proves that man’s careless actions are greatly contributing to global climate change. When science proves that race is not a scientific concept, when study after study, looking at the history of our own country, shows that immigrants bring, in the net, a huge positive, even the “poor tired masses teeming to be free, as well as the doctors and lawyers and engineers who bring so much to our economy and well-being. These are facts, and conservative used to be persuaded by facts. Today’s conservatives attack facts, attack science, attack historical records. These people are not conservatives. They are what my conservative Aunts and Uncles would have called “fools.”


  • Yet, it us, the rest of us who are fools. We treat these people as if they are just of an alternative point of view. They are not. It isn’t that they are just waiting on the facts. They actively seek to bury the facts and destroy those who would unearth them. They are the brave defenders, not only of ignorance, but of pure stupidity. We can no longer treat these people as if they were rational people who, like Missouri’s folks were so famously tagged “Show me” people. These are the people who threaten to kill you if you “show them.”


  • Today’s Conservative is engaged in an activity designed to destroy the long-term viability of the human race. They are NOT harmless. They are a clear and present danger to not only liberals, but to the entire planet. It is time we dealt with this terror as all terrorism should be dealt with, swiftly and stiffly!

A Modest Proposal to Right America’s Ship

modest proposalTotal Annual GDP                    Total American Population                   GDP per person

$20,000,000,000,000.00              328,000,000                                               $60,975.61

Total Revenue Required      Sub Group Pop.     Annual Payment                  Sub Groups Title

$3,048,000,000,000.00             254,000,000           $12,000.00                        Basic income only,                                                                                                                                 non-working adults $  444,000,000,000.00              74,000,000                $6,000.00                        Basic income only,                                                                                                                               non-working minors $3,080,000,000,000.00          154,000,000               $20,000.00                  $10 per hour fulltime                                                                                                                                 minimum wage $3,000,000,000,000.00                                                                        Cost of normal gov’t services $9,572,000,000,000.00         Total of GDP to be pre-allocated to various parts of  population

Proposed Division of remaining GDP      Unskilled          Skilled           Owners/Stockholders

Funds Available & Proposed shares           1x                          2x                        4x                           $10,428,000,000,000.00                          80,000,000          44,000,000              30,000,000

$36,208.33          $72,416.67             $144,833.33

To calculate income for an individual, add basic income, add minimum wage, then add their category pay. Example:

Basic Income                                      $12,000.00

Minimum Wage                                 $20,000.00

Unskilled                                              $36,208.33

One  child                                             $ 6,000.00

Total pay                                               $74,208.33         $110,416.67       $182,833.33

Low skilled worker pay $68,000 per year, +$6000/child payment each minor.

Skilled workers pay to around $104,000 per year, +$6000/child payment each minor          Owner/stockholders would earn up to $176,000.  Stockholder dividend comes out of  $108,625.00 (the difference between the $145,000 owner share and the basic $36,000). They would draw their percentage of the $108,600 they actually owned. They would get the same base of around $68,000 all workers get.

Wealth, Not Income 

The current net worth of the entire country is about 125 trillion dollars:                                ($125,000,000,000,000.00) the richest 3,000,000 Americans own about 50 trillion.                  Net worth of the 1%                       Numbers in the 1%          Average wealth of the 1% $50,000,000,000,000.00                       3,000,000                                         $16,666,666.67

If we put a 50% wealth tax on any person who had over 15 million dollars in wealth, we could capture 25 trillion dollars in excess wealth. This would fund one time reparations for 40 million African Americans as well as 5 million Native Americans, just over $500,000 each. Going foward, this fund would make a healthy “rainy day fund”.                  Total wealth tax                       Citizens due reparations                  Individual amount  $25,000,000,000,000.00                        45,000,000                                       $555,555.56

I believe we could institute an economic policy like this and soon we would be dividing up 30 trillion dollars per year, very few of the wealthiest Americans would have to make real sacrifices. We would end poverty, and reduce many govt services over time. A family of 2 unskilled workers and 2 children would earn $148,000 per year. Unemployed person would receive $1000 per month added to their current SSI disability payment. This “radical giveaway to the poor” plan, is only restoring wealth that, for generations has been taken from wealth creators and given to capitalists who often contribute little for their great pay.

To recap, no wealthy person would have any of the first $15 million dollars in wealth, per person, taken in the tax.

Rich people could and would still be several times richer than the poorest working persons, and could make up to 20 times the basic income of a non-working person. This plan presupposes that the value of a human life, in America, is never worth less than 20 times the value of another life.

Why Does It Have To Be Black Folks?

I know there are a lot of white folks in the fight for justice, but largely it is seen as a “Black Issue”, just as the ERA was seen as a “Women’s Issue”. But what I wonder is when will most white people realize that true equality, in access, in justice, in every form, for every person is not only a benefit to the minorities who are the direct beneficiaries of having their rights extended and respected, but more importantly, for the long survival of our society and our economic stability, these rights and accommodations are important to ALL of us.

The same case can be made for immigrants, but the key to the situation with Black Americans, is they ARE Americans, they have been Americans for hundreds of years, even in slavery, with basically NO rights, they were still Americans. For over 150 years, for longer than there was slavery, we have been in a post slavery America. Yet, too often, even today, the path to leadership, the path to productivity is blocked or greatly hindered because of race.

In no part of America is this not true. From Jackson, Mississippi to Boston, Massachusetts, with all the efforts that have been made by governments and good intentioned organizations, a white person still has a million advantages over a black person. In the short run, this system helps a white person. If I am white, I have a much better chance getting a job in the market place, if I am white, unless I am acting very strange, no one confronts me, follows me, or makes it a point to interfere with me. “I am white, I must be doing what I am supposed to be doing.”

The problem for white people is two-fold (as opposed to the obvious and myriad problems it presents for black people) is first the crippling effect this has on white people. In sports we understand, that if we all have to compete on a level playing field, not only do we get the best (this is the second issue), all of the competitors get better.  In track, a faster leader means the second and third place guy runs faster, too. We even have an expression for this, this fast person is a “pace setter”.

For too long, in the world of business, arts, science, education, in short, all fields, we have ALL been deprived of a fair playing field where everyone can compete. Can you imagine a track team assembled, not by a stop watch, but by interviews conducted by the coach over dinner with his family? If the runner was charming and fit in, he/she made the team, if the coach didn’t like that person, they were not on the team. One would end up with a slow team whose members looked a lot like the coach’s family, in fact, maybe some of the team members would BE his family!

This is America today. This is a world where white people continue to hire white people, so some of the best “runners” never even get on the “track”. In sports, for the most part, over the last 50 years, we have come to see the folly of this. But in the rest of our lives, we are still stuck at Mississippi State, 1950.

So, we don’t even have the best white people have to offer, and white men, in particular. In two of the largest companies I have ever worked for (I will not name names), neither blacks, nor women were generally considered to be hired for anything above the lowest levels of unskilled positions, and then only if white men did not apply. From what I can gather, this is not uncommon, even in 2018, most hiring personnel are white, and are biased towards white men, either on their own, or through spoken and unspoken directives from senior management.

If we end up with weaker performances, because the guys know they are only competing with 20-30% of the entire workforce, how hard to they push to be the best, to innovate, to create new and better opportunities?

Secondly, we as a society, at large, and thus each of us individually suffer from a loss of benefits. The benefits a wider based workforce and social leadership, a wider and richer culture. Think of food, if all we allowed in America were American Diners, we would miss out on Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, Cuban, Thai, Indian, and 100s of other food experiences. It isn’t the American food is bad, at least not all of it, but we are richer because we have so many choices, even if over half the choices do not appeal to any one of us.

The same with the abilities of Blacks (and other groups), whether they directly impact you (and many of them do, whether you realize it or not), allowing every little black kid to get a decent education, and then, most importantly, allowing that black kid to grow up to have access to job opportunities where they are treated fairly, promoted fairly, and given the opportunities to compete fairly on EVERY playing field. It is inconceivable that we are better off with half the population locked out of being as productive and contributing as much as possible.

The problem of race is personal and dangerous to every Black person in America. But it is also crippling every white person in America. White people need to be enraged when an unarmed black person is gunned down by a white cop, but they also need to be outraged when HR doesn’t even consider a Black person for a “public position” in a firm, (“not because we are racists, we are not! But because our customers won’t like a black face, as the face of our company.”) I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that argument!

Its time for you to get a new customer base, if your clientele doesn’t want to have a black person around, or better yet, you need to come clean and deal with the fact it is you, mister or missus hiring person/owner who is a racist. We white people cannot afford this foolishness any longer. The ship is sinking and we wont let the black folks help solve the problems, yes, they will drown, too, but   so will we white folks.

Ending racism, and I don’t mean papering it over and pretending we are “post Obama, post racial.” I don’t mean just getting rid of the KKK jerk who is in the White House, now. I mean a real deep and honest fix. First let’s start with justice. Let’s make sure EVERY cop knows its not okay to murder Black people (and yes, it is murder, and yes, you and I have given that officer permission to kill black people. We have been approving of it ever since Jim Crow), lets make sure we don’t lock people up, because they are black, especially if they are poor and black. We need those people in the workforce, contributing to building the nations wealth, contributing to finding answers to today’s problems, and getting a big enough piece of the wealth they create to raise and educate their own family to contribute in the future.

If you are tempted to fight for the survival of the “white race”, you need to start by fighting to make sure every person, no matter their gender, no matter their color, no matter their sexual orientation or identification no matter their religion, are given a chance to be all they can be, if not, if we continue to block so many paths, especially the blocks we throw up for black people, white people will become a pointless dying shrinking part of the world, forgotten by time and ignored by the billions of non whites who bypassed us.

No one should be fighting harder for equality and justice for Black people than White people, think about it!