by Gov. Jerry Brown
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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:
Jerry Brown has had an unusual political career. He is currently running for re-election as Governor of California, after winning a four-year term in 2010. But he previously served two terms, from 1975-1983, and in between ran for President twice, got elected as mayor of Oakland, and got elected statewide to a lower-level post as Attorney General. This will likely be his last election, since he is currently 76 years old, but with a career like his, one never knows.
This book is from one of the interim periods between elective office, when Brown ran a national call-in radio program called "We The People" (1994-1998, after running for President in 1992 and before running for Mayor in 1998). Brown interviewed political and cultural figures, and transcribed the most interesting shows into the bulk of this book. His guests ranged from Noam Chomsky (a progressive political activist) to Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple) to Sister Helen Prejean (the anti-death penalty nun). Mostly we excerpt what Brown had to say, since we're looking for his issue stances, but his guests' discussions provide a slice of history for those interested in the progressive viewpoint during the Clinton presidency.
Jerry Brown faces Neel Kashkari (R) for governor in 2014. Brown succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2010, indicating that Republicans do stand a chance even in blue-state California. Brown has been ridiculed as "Governor Moonbeam" (and then later idolized by the journalist who made up the nickname), and idolized (as well as ridiculed) for his presidential campaign slogan "Protect the Earth, serve the people, and explore the universe." But his history of statewide election success (five statewide election victories, against only one statewide loss, for Senate in 1982) ensures that everyone takes his campaign seriously. This book's excerpts will let you decide if your take on Brown is idolization or ridicule -- or maybe a little of both.
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, July 2014
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Noam Chomsky: 1920s and 1950s were both called the "End of History".
Jerry Brown: Shameful growth of inequality in America is continuing.
Noam Chomsky: Since 1700s, grasping businessmen overwhelmed US government.
Noam Chomsky: Most believe government is run for the special interests.
Jerry Brown: CA fired 8,000 college teachers & hired 25,000 prison guards.
Jerry Brown: War on crime is fabricated to frighten people.
Noam Chomsky: US uses imprisonment for population control.
Jerry Brown: Death penalty is a test of our humanity.
Jerry Brown: 1/3 of young black men in jail means absolute oppression.
Noam Chomsky: Corporate propaganda in schools instills obedience.
Jerry Brown: Sustainability ideology obscures need for attitudinal change.
Jerry Brown: International produce supply line is not sustainable.
Jerry Brown: Fight to save the Headwaters ancient redwood groves.
Jerry Brown: EPA cost analysis ignores value of standing forests.
Jerry Brown: Animals are public trust; why do trees belong to landowner?
Jerry Brown: Capitalism needs to evolve to avoid ecological destruction.
Families & Children|
Jerry Brown: 1978: legalized midwifery despite Cal. Medical Association.
Harry S Truman: 1949 Point Four Program: focus on under-developed world.
Jerry Brown: Kuwait War demonstrated US innovation in technology of death.
Jerry Brown: GATT pushes short-term consumption; ignores over-consumption.
Harry S Truman: 1949: Announced "The Development Decade" for global economy.
Jerry Brown: Maquiladoras liberated rural women to new servitude.
Jerry Brown: Global development system expands gap between rich and poor.
Jerry Brown: NAFTA and GATT send jobs to Chinese & Mexican workers.
Jerry Brown: Promote village economy by keeping money in community.
Jerry Brown: We need people for things other than global competitiveness.
New Testament: Those in Bible who serve power, were seen as false prophets.
Noam Chomsky: People who serve power are later considered false prophets.
Jerry Brown: Media colludes with politicians to glorify military killing.
George Bush Sr.: Post-Cold War: fight 3rd World technological sophistication.
Heritage Foundation: OpEd: Pushes to increase defense budget; majority oppose it.
Jerry Brown: $265B Pentagon budget passed without much debate.
Noam Chomsky: Pentagon subsidizes dynamic economy via public funds.
Jerry Brown: War killings make humans tolerate violence.
Principles & Values|
Jerry Brown: 1994: Started national call-in radio program "We The People".
Noam Chomsky: Federal scam: transfer funds to high-tech defense industries.
War & Peace|
Jerry Brown: Kuwait War: missile flashes didn't feel like we were killing.
Jerry Brown: How do we stop the human race from wiping itself out?
Jerry Brown: True history of Vietnam never was heard from our leaders.
Welfare & Poverty|
Robert Reich: Income for wealthy increased 30% while poorest income fell.
Noam Chomsky: The vile maxim: all for ourselves and nothing for others.
Noam Chomsky: They stoke racial hatred to cut public services.
Jerry Brown: $35B for urban agenda is drop in the bucket of $6T economy.
The above quotations are from Dialogues
by Gov. Jerry Brown.
2014 Governors' book excerpts:
- Power Lines, by Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter (D,GA)
- Dialogues, by Governor Jerry Brown (D,CA)
- A Return to Values:, by Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez (R,CO)
- The Party's Over, by Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D,FL)
- A State of Opportunity, by Gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler (I,ME)
- Scorpions for Breakfast, by Gov. Jan Brewer (R,AZ)
- In Mortal Danger, by 2014 gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo (R,CO)
- From Power to Purpose, by Gov. Sam Brownback (R,KS)
- Leadership and Crisis, by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R,LA)
- A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick (D,MA)
- Governor`s Travels, by Gov. Angus King (I,ME)
- Crossroads, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D,NY)
- Stand For Something, by Gov. John Kasich (R,OH)
- Against the Tide, by Gov. Linc Chafee (I,RI)
- Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry (R,TX)
- What A Party!, by 2013 gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D,VA)
- Last Line of Defense, by 2013 gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R,VA)