Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley Quaker, activist, and writer.  In other life he was a Silicon Valley executive — co-founder of Cisco Systems.

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"Stacey Abrams got to this point by systematically going around Georgia and talking to the folks in its 159 counties." (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
Politics by Walking Around
When I was a technology developer, in Silicon Valley, I adopted the technique of "managing by walking around." Recently I've talked to two outstanding 2018 Democratic political candidates who've adopted this same technique in their campaigns. While it may not be obvious, "politics by walking around...
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Bolton has a long record of antagonism towards North Korea; during his tenure in the George W. Bush Administration he advocated that it be added to the "Axis of Evil."  (AFP) Views
Friday, May 18, 2018
All the President’s Men: John Bolton
The Trump Administration is so dreadful they've made the George W. Bush Administration seem almost acceptable in comparison. Dubya was also a dummy but at least he wasn't a racist bully. And Dubya surrounded himself with folks that had some connection to mainstream American foreign policy:...
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Trump, Pat Views
Saturday, April 28, 2018
In Trump Era, Christianity Goes Astray
When I was a teenager, my grandfather Harry used to dine with us most nights. After dinner he would deliver a homily; usually, “Beware the Russians!" Grandpa Harry warned us about the Russians because they had no ethics: They would say and do anything to win. If he was alive now, Harry would still...
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Trump protester Views
Saturday, November 11, 2017
One Year Later: 10 Lessons Learned From the Trump Presidency
On election day in 2016, Donald Trump surprised most of us by defeating Hillary Clinton (although he garnered only 46.1 percent of the popular vote). One year later , what have we learned? 1. Trump is not a joke. There were some of us who dismissed Trump, gave him no chance to win. A terrible...
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 "To push tax reform through Congress, Trump needs to unite the four segments of the Republican Party.  Given the Pew Research data, that appears to be a difficult task.  A key element of the tax-reform proposals are substantial cuts for billionaires and corporations." Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Trump’s Tax Cut Challenge
After 9 plus months in office, Donald Trump has accomplished little. He's very unpopular and has failed to fulfill his major campaign promises, Major Republican donors are withdrawing funding. In response, Trump has embarked on a desperate campaign to cut taxes. Even though Republicans control...
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Have We Reached Trump’s Tipping Point?
Even by Trump regime standards, the past several weeks have been unusually tumultuous. First, Trump botched aid to Puerto Rico; then, he muffed condolence calls to widows. Now he’s being condemned by two Republican Senators. Have we reached the long-awaited “tipping point?” Is this the beginning of...
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There needs to be a new conversation about racism, in specific, and the system of white male privilege, in general.  While economic equality should be one aspect of this conversation, it should also include race, gender, and class. Views
Friday, October 06, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr asked “Chaos or Community?”
Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his last book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Reading it again, in the hate-filled Trump era, brings the painful recognition that in many regards the civil rights struggle has stagnated for decades. Dr. King wrote the book a year before...
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protester holds sign Views
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Donald Trump Now Owns White Supremacy
Even though despicable, Donald Trump's white-supremacist proclivities have an upside: Trump now owns white supremacy. That's an opportunity for progressives to do more than protest; it opens a window for social justice. Indivisible, and other resistance efforts, have based their grassroots...
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Not only does the Republican ideology favor "big money" in politics but it discourages average Americans from participating in the political process; for example, because they are too busy earning a living to adequately inform themselves about national issues. Views
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Aftermath of Hurricane Donald
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Americans have an initial estimate of the damage. However we have yet to assess the costs of "Hurricane" Donald Trump. Moody's Investor Services estimates that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused approximately $200 billion in damage. Of course, beyond...
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Donald Trump Views
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Game of Trump: The Battle of Charlottesville
We're more than half way through season 1 of "Game of Trump" and each week's episode brings new surprises. The aftermath of the battle of Charlottesville caused Emperor Trump to reveal his true character. Meanwhile, the resistance found new energy. Immediately after the dreadful white supremacist...
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