Paul L.

Paul L.

Centrist Project Founding Member
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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I've retired as a biologist, having worked on water quality issues in California. Previously US Navy fighter pilot. Recently added a Master degree in early US history from Univ. of NC. My wife and I divide our time between my place in Asheville, NC and hers in Oslo, Norway. I enjoy studying history, government, and languages, teaching adult ed classes, playing competitive chess, and playing music - mostly guitar, cello, and piano. Web site www.blueridgejournal.com 

WHAT DOES BEING A "CENTRIST" MEAN TO YOU, AND WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED?

I'm more concerned with a humane rationality in public policy than with "centrism" as such, but with the current bipolar disorder in Congress, some real adults in the center are very much needed. I appreciate and agree with the principles adopted by the Centrist Project.

WHAT IS A POLICY ISSUE YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND WHY?

Our world-wide environment is our basis for life, and we must do all we can to preserve it. That includes reversing the dangerous and uncontrolled population growth that lies at the heart of nearly every social and environmental problem, including global warming. The other key international danger is militarism. A rational program of world-wide demilitarization (with safe-guards and guarantees) will free resources for useful pursuits and improvements.
Domestically, I see the social conditions in many of our inner cities as our greatest national shame. We need a coordinated "lift" to help the unfortunate children growing up in hopeless conditions, and to permanently alter these city environments. The other most serious national issues are infrastructure decay and the national debt. These are all critical.

HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN UNITE OUR COUNTRY AND FIX POLITICS?

Our greatest problem in politics is corruption in high office. The unrestricted money flowing into national politics is directly corrupting, and everyone knows it. But since it favors incumbents and the duopoly, Congress will not fix it. We need limits on money in elections - we actually need publicly funded elections with a short time span for campaigning, as most countries have. I've long maintained that our solution to the problem of Congress is to elect independents, who are not beholden to a party. I could even see independents organized as a "party" - an new and unconventional type of party, not on the right or left (nor even tied to the center), bound together only by a set of principles, leaving the specific policy decisions to the independent representatives.