A timely excerpt from Making Global Sense by Judah Freed

by Judah Freed

Modern Isreali-Palestiniian hatred and warfare traces back to ancient partriarch Abraham and his “Promised Land.” The confict is made worse by our global addiction to alpha male rule.

“The quiet and rural lives of the first patriarchs,” wrote Thomas Paine in his 1776 Common Sense, “hath a…


In our age of “fake news” with journalists widely distrusted by the public, we may benefit from a better understanding of what good journalists do, how to identify ethical journalism, and how to support more of it.

Despite what some pundits would have us believe, good journalists do exist. …


Voters are more likely to elect candidates who educate and empower them rather than try to trick them. If the Ossoff and Warnock campaigns apply this principle in Georgia, they can neutralize GOP propaganda and earn the trust of Peach State voters to win a Democratic majority in the U.S…


An upsurge of resistance to Bull’s authoritarian policies and personality, finally even among core supporters, helps the opposition party in bi-elections win a slim majority to control both houses of congress. Multi-prong investigations of the Bull presidency proceed. Criminal prosecutions are pending. Articles of impeachment advance in congress.

Bull is…


One day two weeks before the national election on the island, breaking news rocks each presidential campaign.

Turns out that a decade earlier, Jason Bull had unwittingly been recorded on tape boasting to a chum about sexually molesting beautiful women. He confides that he can’t stop himself from kissing them…


A populist arises. Jason Zack Bull, known as “The Bull,” is famous for being famous. A rich businessman and showman with scant scruples and less wealth than he pretends, Bull senses the discontent of the masses and sees a career opportunity.Bull talks a lot about politics on mass media and…


Still more generations pass. The gap widens between men and women. The gap widens between racial groups. The gap widens between rich and poor.

A middle class exists for a while, but it shrinks from concentrating wealth at the top. The elites thrive as most folks barely survive. Most live…


More generations pass. Government makes basic choices that people once made for themselves. Government decides when to harvest a field and where to grind the grain. Government decides who can tend the sick and how much it costs to be ill.

Government sets all the rules for commerce and industry…


Over time, distinct districts develop. Aristocratic families on gated estates run each district. Every ruling family has a spokesman. The strongest voice in the northern district is Albert Zack Cartman, a firebrand preacher with a wide following.

Cartman is among the clergy proclaiming a new religion. He believes all people…


The original settlement becomes a big town. Other towns are built as people inhabit more parts of the island.

Scaled-up farming frees islanders to do more than raise food. Industries develop to meet people’s wants and needs. Mining and smelting produce metals for tools and machines. Miners find gems and…

Judah Freed

Author of MAKING GLOBAL SENSE: Grounded hope for the 21st century inspired by Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

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