And that's the rather unusual guarantee of the integrity underlying this website, and underlying our whole economic design process, and its primary and backup results. The motive isn't money. And it's not fame (especially with a name like "Hyde" leaning into "Hyde's the name and hide's the game"). The motive is just effectiveness. But lest we get too heavy too fast, let's ponder the perspective of a piece by James Thurber, "Interview with a Lemming," in his My World - And Welcome To It:
The weary scientist, tramping through the mountains of northern Europe in the winter weather, dropped his knapsack and prepared to sit on a rock. "Careful, brother," said a voice.Now shifting into the third person... In May, 1955, Phil Hyde’s grandfather, Philip Edward Hyde of Oak Ridges, Ontario, Canada, a diabetic, drowned himself, and three months later his father, Philip Henry Hyde of Toronto, an only child, cut his wrists. Says Philip Hyde III, “I'm trying to live down the suicides of the first two Phil Hyde's. Looking back, I affirm their right to take control of their own deaths, but... maybe I'll follow the example of my mother's father Fred Wilsher instead. While Grandpa Hyde was flipping from 'white sheep' to 'black sheep' by offing himself in the endgame, Grandpa Wilsher (né Symonds, his dad a railroad man who died right around his birth followed by a quick remarriage by his mom to a Wilsher, source: Great-Half-Uncle Gladstone by trans-Atlantic phone), the grandfather I never met, was doing the flip from 'black sheep' to 'white sheep' on the other side of the world (in a country with the most sheep per capita!). The 'black sheep' part came from his getting laid off repeatedly during the Depression, getting blamed and nagged for it by his spoiled-youngest-child wife, Granma Wilsher, and being sadly advised by a couple of his six children that it might indeed be easier for them if he left town (at the time, Whitby, Ont. I believe). We always thought he disappeared to Brazil. It turned out to be New Zealand, the first socialist nation (1865), where he flipped to 'white sheep' by becoming mayor of the town of Henderson west of Auckland and fighting for the poor with a new firehall, sewage system and old-folks home, named after him, "Wilsher Village." Shades of Grannie Hyde (Louise Reppen), born in Robin Hood's town, Nottingham England. But we digress...
"Sorry," murmured the scientist, noting with some surprise that a lemming which he had been about to sit on had addressed him. "It is a source of considerable astonishment to me," said the scientist, sitting down beside the lemming, "that you are capable of speech."
"You humans are always astonished," said the lemming, "when any other animal can do anything you can. Yet there are many things animals can do that you cannot, such as stridulate, or chirr, to name just one. To stridulate, or chirr, one of the minor achievements of the cricket, your species is dependent on the intestines of the sheep and the hair of the horse."
"We are a dependent animal," admitted the scientist.
"You are an amazing animal," said the lemming.
"We have always considered you rather amazing, too," said the scientist. "You are perhaps the most mysterious of creatures."
"If we are going to indulge in adjectives beginning with 'm,' " said the lemming, sharply, "let me apply a few to your species - murderous, maladjusted, maleficent, malicious and muffle-headed."
"You find our behavior as difficult to understand as we do yours?"
"You, as you would say, said it," said the lemming. "You kill, you mangle, you torture, you imprison, you starve each other. You cover the nurturing earth with cement, you cut down elm trees to put up institutions for people driven insane by the cutting down of elm trees, you -"
"You could go on all night like that," said the scientist, "listing our sins and our shames."
"I could go on all night and up to four o'clock tomorrow afternoon," said the lemming. "It just happens that I have made a lifelong study of the self-styled higher animal. Except for one thing, I know all there is to know about you, and a singularly dreary, dolorous and distasteful store of information it is, too, to use only adjectives beginning with 'd.' "
"You say you have made a lifelong study of my species -" began the scientist.
"Indeed I have," broke in the lemming. "I know that you are cruel, cunning and carnivorous, sly, sensual and selfish, greedy, gullible and guileful -"
"Pray don't wear yourself out," said the scientist, quietly. "It may interest you to know that I have made a lifelong study of lemmings, just as you have made a lifelong study of people. Like you, I have found but one thing about my subject which I do not understand."
"And what is that?" asked the lemming.
"I don't understand," said the scientist, "why you lemmings all rush down to the sea and drown yourselves."
"How curious," said the lemming. "The one thing I don't understand is why you human beings don't.".
(My World - And welcome to it, p.82-4)
“The idea of identifying and solving the biggest human problem has evolved through numerous stages: religious 1955-67, linguistic job dialects, power dialects) 1967-70, Bucky-Fuller-focused 1970-73, Limits-to-Growth-oriented 1973-4, limits-on-money-perperson (standing=>flowing) 1974-75, limits-on-worktime-perperson 1975-76, limits-become-transitions/thresholds 1976-77, overtime-to-job-transition/conversion 1977-92, from-blocked-transition-to-underemployment/underconsumption/underinvestment/undercirculation 1992-96.
“That, in turn, led me into the Congressional race in 1996 - my life project had produced an innovative full-employment program and, as a newsman at the time, I was getting stories from all over the world saying ‘What are we going to do about jobs?’ I saw the race against Kennedy as a way to get a real idea into the national debate besides Pres.Clinton’s sex life.”
Hyde’s family history explains his name shift between the two races. To honor his father and grandfather, he needed to run as “Philip Hyde III.” But when he entered the ring to run for alderman at large in Somerville in 1995, he found he’d been registered as “Richard P. Hyde.” Thus began a protracted process of name adjustment. He ran in ‘95 as Richard P. (Phil) Hyde, in ‘96 (Congress) and ‘97 (alderman again) as R. Philip Hyde, and finally in ‘98 (Congress again) as Philip Hyde III.
Hyde won 16% of the vote in the heavily Democratic District in 1996. Although he won only 11.5% in 1998, together with his fellow non-Democrats (independent Schinella 2.5% and Socialist Worker Morell 4%), he chipped 18% away from the Democrat, Michael Capuano (Hyde’s own mayor in Somerville, MA) in the general election in early November 1998.
For more information about this “idea commando,” whom Kennedy himself called “My kind of Republican,” check Hyde’s website, which survived the election, and a further one in the millennial year, 2000, against Sen. Ted Kennedy, to continue presenting the gospel of emergency work sharing and permanent Timesizing (vs. the Hobson's choice of unemployment or eco-harming artificial-job creation), at Timesizing.com .
Right to die articles
9/01/2004 Fla. right-to-die law faces high court test, by Jackie Halifax, AP via Boston Globe, A2.
TALLAHASSEE - Florida's Supreme Court justices yesterday suggested the Legislature did an end run around the court system by passing a law that let Gov. Jeb Bush order the reinsertion of a brain-damaged woman's feeding tube.
The high court heard arguments in the case of Terri Schiavo, who is at the center of one of the nation's longest and most bitter right-to-die battles. This is the first time the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take up any aspect of the 14-year-old case.
Justice Charles Wells said he was troubled because he had to conclude that "Terri's Law," passed in October, was designed to sidestep a trial court ruling that found "clear and convincing evidence" Schiavo would not want to be kept alive artificially....