| Home | Press Release | Declaration | Progressive Agenda |

                                                  PRESS RELEASE

Revolutionary Earth Manifesto Mysteriously Materializes -- And It's a Potential Political Game Changer

HANNIBAL, MO. --- October 1, 2016

A providential foresight-honoring Earth Manifesto has been launched into the public arena that contains wide-ranging understandings designed to spark positive change in the world.  All the essays in this manifesto can be found online, as well as in ten handsome books available at generously discounted prices from the print-on-demand publisher Lulu.  This compendium of ideas and insights has been set forth by Mark Twain's philosophic great-granddaughter, Dr. Tiffany B. Twain. 

The most important of these progressive perspectives are included in Common Sense Revival.  This Book One of the Earth Manifesto contains a distillation of forceful ideas that emulates the plain truths expressed in 1776 by Thomas Paine in his influential pamphlet Common Sense.  This Common Sense Revival contains an overarching worldview and an entire constellation of supporting ideas and good recommendations for a healthier and more sustainable future.  

These ideas have been actively evolving for many years, but have assumed great urgency in light of the intense political contests about to be decided in the national elections on November 8, 2016.  It is crucial to recognize how seriously the political establishment in the U.S. has betrayed the American people in the past 35 years by allowing institutional bribery and Dark Money to facilitate a long train of despotic abuses in national policies related to taxation, political representation and personal liberties.  These were the three main issues that our Founding Fathers regarded as most important when they declared independence from Great Britain 240 years ago and then created our great American experiment in democratic governance.

This manifesto contains a farsighted blueprint on how to make the world a better place for all by taking our country back from this opportunistic and power-abusing political establishment.  It is appropriate for the vast majority of Americans to feel righteous indignation at the current state of the status quo, and it is our right, indeed our duty, as our Founders asserted in the Declaration of Independence, to throw off such despotic rule and take bold steps together to provide new guarantees for the general welfare of the people and safeguards of our future security.  This is how we will be able to create truer liberty, fairness and justice for all.

We are at a crucial crossroads in global politics, and the American people would be wise to avoid a Brexit-like break with the international community by resoundingly rejecting the hair-trigger reactive candidacy of Donald Trump and the retrogressive plans of conservative candidates for Congress.  Some of the numerous reasons for this recommendation are discussed below.

Donald Trump has given powerful voice to millions of Americans who feel well-justified anger and frustration at lost jobs and the outrageous extent to which our economic and political systems are rigged in favor of the overly privileged few.  The American people should thank Senator Bernie Sanders for his much more honorable voicing of support for farsightedness and democratic fairness of representation, and for the passionate concern he has expressed for the well-being of working people and those in the middle class.  Sanders is also to be commended for his championing of greater fairness toward the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, and for his proposals to take action to reduce the rash extremes in inequality that are being foisted on people by means of wrongheaded national priorities.  Trump is much narrower, having appealed primarily to beleaguered white workers and rich conservatives, and he has acted like one of the worst demagogues in history by making scapegoats of immigrants and stoking people's fears and exploiting racial prejudices and taking rude advantage of sexist attitudes, and doing all of this in order to gain power.

Wake up, American voters!  It would be an absurd gamble for people to risk choosing a leader as unpredictable as Trump, for he could easily choose to act as an arrogant despot if he were to become president, or cause severe economic disruptions by promoting protectionism in international trade and other potentially calamitous conflicts.  His reckless plans to slash taxes on rich people and corporations would dramatically worsen inequality in our society.  One of the biggest risks in the USA and around the world today is the increasing injustice associated with rising inequality.  The billionaire capitalist Nick Hanauer makes it crystal clear that "middle-out economics" is a much safer and positive course of action in his provocative TED talk and article, The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats.  He states:  "You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state.  Or an uprising.  There are no counterexamples.  None.  It’s not if, it’s when."

The national election to be held in November 2016 will be a watershed moment in our country’s history, for the competing ideologies of Republican politicians and Democratic politicians have hardly ever offered a more extreme contrast.  The prescriptions proposed by conservatives and progressives are radically different, as revealed in the Democratic Party platform, which has never been more progressive, and in the Republican Party platform, which may never have been more reactionary.  On top of this, the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year has derailed the narrow 5 to 4 dominance of the Supreme Court by conservatives, revealing a fracture that is central to governance in our democratic republic.  Conservatives have pursued a judicial agenda of using the high court in an aggressive and political way to reverse decades of progressive legislation.  The two competing factions have been charging each other with embracing "judicial activism" for decades, so President Obama has nominated an eminently qualified judge to replace Antonin Scalia whose record reveals him to be a devout practitioner of judicial restraint.  Nonetheless, Republican Senators have staunchly refused to fulfill their Constitutional duty to give this candidate a hearing, and this stubborn stance has exposed the real political and judicial radicalism of ideological conservatives.  

The 5 to 4 majority of conservatives on the Supreme Court before Scalia died were responsible for the Citizens United ruling that overturned decades of precedent and a century of practice involving limits on the power of big money in politics, and the Court also eviscerated the Voting Rights Act.  These actions and others were targeted to undermine the prospects of legislation aimed at protecting the rights of citizens and workers and consumers, as well as the health of the environment.  The Supreme Court’s conservatives have generally favored employers over employees, creditors over debtors, property owners over less affluent citizens, and big corporations over individuals.  I strongly believe that We the People need to prevail in this struggle over whether government will be able to serve as a countervailing force to concentrated economic power.

Trump is a demagogic power-abuser-wannabe whose stances, character and reactive temperament are simply too risky for the American people.  His obsessively repeated intention to deport millions of hard-working immigrants makes his candidacy doubly dangerous, for undocumented workers actually contribute greatly to many American industries like agriculture, restaurant services, housing construction and numerous categories of generally low-paid jobs.  Another red flag should be seen in his fascist-plot-like vision of vastly increasing the military and police forces and engaging in racial profiling and stop-and-frisk policing nationwide, and in his vindictive readiness to crush opposition by using intimidating lawsuits to suppress criticism and prevent public participation and silence those who engage in the freedom of expression. Additionally, Trump represents irresponsible positions on issues like his opposition to reforms that would limit the corrupting system-rigging influence of Big Money in politics, and his stated commitment to appoint extreme ideological conservatives to the Supreme Court, and his being against any sensible gun regulations.  Trump has reprehensibly gained attention and influence through rancorous insults and insinuations like his exploitation of racist Obama "birther" suspicions, and he has cultivated many conspiracy theories and repulsive characterizations of anyone who opposes his bid for power.

My philosophic great-grandfather on my mother's side was the estimable writer and humorist Mark Twain, who admirably played an active role in opposing American aggression abroad in his role as the Vice President of the Anti-Imperialist League.  He had become disillusioned about the true motives of the U.S. in the Philippine-American War from 1899 to 1902, so he bemoaned war as "a wanton waste of projectiles", according to the insightful correspondent John Nichols.  But, notably, Mark Twain's "deepest disgust was reserved for politicians who played on fear and uncertainty to promote the interests of what would come to be called the military-industrial complex."

Today, Trump has built his outrage-provoking campaign for the presidency on exploiting people's insecurities and anger at the establishment.  He is doing this in more selfish and egregious ways than almost any demagogue in history, right up there with red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy and genocidal Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.  Mark Twain would be horrified, if he were still alive, to see how wantonly humankind is wasting the resources of the world on weapons and standing armies and violent conflicts and the global “war on terrorism” -- and on perks for the wealthy.  Today, more than a century after Mark Twain lived, and long after a frenzy of fascism caused the most horrific spasm of worldwide war in human history, reactionary right wing movements with staunch anti-immigrant agendas are roiling politics in nations around the globe. 

Trump’s campaign for the American presidency milks an insidious strain of ideology, emotion and fervor that combines not only promises to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico and stoke fierce hostility against immigrants and Muslims, but also exploit unbridled nationalism, climate denialism and unwavering support for domestic fossil-fuel production.  Angela Merkel and François Hollande, the leaders of Germany and France, are both embattled by similar right-wing anti-immigrant political parties that are also likely to be antagonistic to all agreements to limit carbon emissions and protect the environment.  It is deeply irresponsible to deny and ignore the gathering risks of climate change and rising sea levels, and to thus act as lousy stewards of Creation and to sacrifice future well-being on the altar of privatized profits, socialized costs, deplorable political expediencies, and extremely materialistic and short-term-oriented priorities.

Trump's anti-regulation rhetoric and staunch support for fossil fuel industries and advocacy of huge new tax breaks for rich people would inevitably undermine protections of the environmental commons that is a foundation of future well-being.  Trump would be one of the worst leaders in the world for his refusal to agree with the leaders of 200 other countries to make efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and mitigate the impacts of resulting changes in the global climate and rising sea levels.

Public service is much more commendable than extremely self-serving actions that ruthlessly take advantage of other people.  A woman who has a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton has stated that she thinks everybody should know about Hillary’s largely hidden history, "the story of her parallel agenda, the shadow diplomacy unheralded, uncelebrated."  Yes, what is it?  "The careful, constant work on behalf of women and girls that she has always conducted alongside everything else" that a First Lady and a Senator and a Secretary of State is supposed to do.  This story deserves to be amplified because Hillary has demonstrated an important willingness "to lead a revolution -- and revelation, beginning in Beijing in 1995, when she first raised her voice to say the words you’ve heard many times throughout this conference:  Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.”

Several convincing opinion pieces have been written that clearly spell out the wide-ranging extent to which our societies oppose giving power to women.  See, for instance, “The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I have ever seen.”   After reading this surprising and sensationally persuasive article, I sought out the source material in Facebook posts by Michael Arnovitz about why Hillary Clinton is held to very different standards than Trump and other male politicians by the media.  Be open-minded and check these things out!

The eminently respect worthy Dalai Lama said at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, “The world will be saved by the western woman.”  Many well-qualified women are answering this call to action in American politics right now.  Let’s give them a chance!  Ignore the Koch-fueled negative attack ads, and vote for progressive women!

The American people, for the greater good of all, should give larger numbers of well-qualified progressive women the opportunity to serve as their representatives -- women like Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada and Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire and Zephyr Teachout in New York and Pramila Jayapal in Washington.  Women like Hillary Clinton!  We should give women fairer opportunities in our political system and choose leaders that understand issues in more forward-looking, sensible and fair-minded ways.  It is unconscionable that only 20 of our 100 representatives in the Senate are women, and there is an even lower percentage of women serving in the House of Representatives.  A very strong correlation exists between these statistics and gender discrimination that is built into our political system and media coverage and cultural biases.

In stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s long history of public service and positive contributions to society, D.J. Trump sports an extremely unethical and extraordinarily selfish and greedy record in his business dealings, multiple bankruptcies, “genius” tax evasion and opportunistic exploitation of our political and judicial system for his personal advantage.  As my old friend the underground mole says, “Don’t be swayed by Mr. Pig playing the Man Card and giving women the crudely sexist Miss Piggy treatment.”  Curiously, the media is complicit in what resembles a sustained “vast right wing conspiracy” against Hillary and progressive politicians, and this propaganda offensive has included a long litany of witch-hunt accusations against Hillary that are driven by profoundly misogynistic double standards in our male dominated society.  Hillary more-or-less tells the truth most of the time, according to Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact, while Trump prevaricates almost all the time and more-or-less tells the truth only a small percentage of the time.

Trump evokes a dark and dystopian vision of the supposedly pathetic state of the U.S. military and the “worst ever ever ever” plight of African Americans, and the unmitigated disaster of international trade agreements, and the hyped-up existential threats posed by “radical Islamic terrorists”.  He uses this sophistry and his “Make America Great Again” sloganeering and to set up an unreal “social trap” in which he claims to be the best and only possible savior, even though his sketchy proposals would be highly likely to be a social and economic and geostrategic and environmental disaster.

Barack Obama once stated that the American people need to be told the truth, and I sure do agree.  Bigger and more comprehensive versions of the truth need to be told.  In bizarre contrast to this vital democratic exigency, con man Trump "tells it like it isn't", and does so with an air of certitude so brazenly confident that millions of gullible people seem to think he is actually telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  In reality, his proclamations weave simplistic half truths and deeply deceptive lies and emotionally manipulative insinuations in a shrewd way that motivates many people to think that he might just be a good leader -- despite his long history of unethical business dealings and his stoking of people's prejudices and anger, and his dangerously demagogic, narcissistic and reactive character.  These nefarious qualities and his antagonism to immigrants and refugees have made the majority of people in nations around the world fear the ascendance of a madman dictator wannabe to the most powerful position on the planet. 

Trump has taken this pathetic course of gaining attention, notoriety and power by despicably fanning the flames of white nationalism, racial bigotry, xenophobia, sexism and religious intolerance to satisfy his ambition to gain power.  His blatantly unhinged and unethical tactics make it clear that if he were to triumph in this shrewdly manipulative crusade, he would very probably abuse the power of the presidency in ways that would harshly violate the Constitution and rules of law and democratic fair-mindedness and environmental sanity and the moral good.

History will judge right wing ideologies harshly, just as it has judged Nazi fascism in the light of infamy.  The lens of consequential ethics makes it clear that championing policies that exacerbate inequalities and social injustices is wrongheaded, and that antagonism to the rights and well-being of minorities and women and immigrants and refugees is morally misguided.  And history will prove conclusively that excessive exploitation of natural resources is dangerously shortsighted, and that staunch opposition to precautionary action on climate change is deeply disrespectful of the hopes for future prosperity.  History will also prove that policies that ignore intelligently farsighted adaptive measures that would mitigate the ecologically destabilizing impacts of unregulated greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are foolish because they subject people in future generations to calamitous hardships and “natural disasters.”

The Department of Defense has repeatedly called climate change a “threat multiplier” that will require far-reaching humanitarian or military intervention because it will lead to more severe storms that threaten cities and military bases, and cause rising sea levels that could imperil coastal habitation and infrastructure.  Early in 2016, the Pentagon ordered its officials to start incorporating probable climate change impacts into every major consideration.  In a hard-to-believe contrast, Republican leaders in Florida have tried to prevent even the mention of climate change in order to promote narrow ideologies.  This refusal to discuss the risks of anthropogenic alterations of natural ecosystems, or to honestly take responsible actions, is one of the most preposterous head-in-the-sand denials ever, despite the certainty that precautionary action is well advised to mitigate climate disruptions.  This is profoundly ironic in Florida, because it is one of the most vulnerable states to catastrophic impacts of increasing global temperatures and intensified storms and rising sea levels.

The overwhelming top priority of Republican politicians is to secure low taxes on the rich.  This value is preposterously misguided in light of crucially more important priorities like making our communities healthier and our societies safer, fairer and more sustainable -- and ensuring a more providential legacy to all people in future generations.  This distorted value can only remain entrenched because of the institutional corruption that our political system and the Supreme Court have given to moneyed interests.  If we want to "take back our country", the place to start is to guarantee fairer representation to the people, and to prevent ideological crusaders for low taxes on the rich from having excessive influence in our elections and on our national decision-making and law-making.  One pathetic consequence of Republican propaganda and priorities is that the very rich are getting richer in the USA while American children have the highest level of poverty of almost every major country on earth, and young people have outrageous levels of student debt, and revolutionary unrest is simmering across the land.

Ideas like these are contained in the Earth Manifesto, along with an astonishingly comprehensive array of philosophic perspectives and penetrating psychological insights and farsighted points of view and wonky recommendations and spiritual revelations and humorous asides and entertaining tall tales and even outstandingly healthy and tasty recipes.  Check all this out at www.EarthManifesto.com!

Dr. Tiffany B. Twain passionately articulates an extraordinary worldview in this manifesto, and believes that these ideas could transform our societies into happier, saner and more peaceable ones.  A central idea in this manifesto is that it would be a providential good plan for humanity to begin to demonstrate much greater respect for Mother Earth by making courageous commitments to effective means of protecting the health of Earth’s providential ecosystems and the diversity of life on the planet.  To this end, a detailed Bill of Rights for Future Generations has been created to help guide our activities and make sure that they are sustainable for a longer period of time, and that our actions today do not rashly ignore the anticipated needs of people in future generations.  Intelligent Precautionary Principles have also been enunciated to help focus our national priorities and give us clearer guidance to a more propitious future than current trends portend.

A revolving focus has created many entertaining and enlightening essays in these writings, and one of the best is Huckleberry Finn, the Forty-Niners Gold Rush, and Sensational Related Reflections.  Check it out online right now, and contemplate the riff on hydraulic mining and legal decisions in the United States.  Mark Twain loved to spin greatly exaggerated yarns, and Tiffany Twain uses her own rich imagination to tell some tall tales of her own.  Some years ago she took particular pride in her Tall Tales, Provocative Parables, Luminous Clarity, and Evocative Truths: A Modern Log from the Sea of Cortez.  Author John Steinbeck would have approved!  There are also cogent perspectives in the essay, Tyrants and Damsels and Associated Incisive Insights.  And crucial foreign policy understandings are contained in Reflections on War -- and Peace!

There is a wonky side to Tiffany Twain's introspections into existence, as epitomized by her creation of a 45-parameter Sustainability Index, which was developed to provide a clear snapshot evaluation of the status of the sustainability of human activities.  This Sustainability Index measures progress or regress with regard to hopes for humanity to live in sustainable ways on our home planet.  This Index began flashing an ominously cautionary red warning signal in May 2013 when measurements of the concentration of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere high atop remote Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii exceeded 400 ppm for the first time in human history, tipping the Status Evaluation rating of the Sustainability Index to a more dangerous level.

The many essays in the Earth Manifesto contain philosophic explorations, incisive insights, penetrating political and economic analysis, creative proposals, feminine perspectives, poetic appreciations, and a fair share of deep introspections and ruminations.  Most of these ideas are at least tangentially oriented toward a good marriage of humanism and awareness of human responsibility, and of smart long-term understandings with a clear emphasis on the ecological importance for us to act as better stewards of Earth’s habitats and ecosystems.

Perilous times require Big Ideas, higher purposes, broader perspectives, better leadership and more responsible actions.  The essays in this manifesto grapple with the most important issues that face our nation and the world today.  Their farsighted understandings coherently and creatively combine economics and politics with philosophy, psychology, progressive thinking, common sense, and spiritual illumination to propose auspicious ways forward.

The Earth Manifesto contains specific plans for improving our country and the world by making our communities healthier, our economy more stable and sound, and our societies saner.  Excellent ways are also proposed for us to begin to more sensibly safeguard the environment, ensure the longer-term sustainability of vitally valuable natural ecosystem services, and conserve the resources that are crucial to humanity’s current and future flourishing and survival.

In light of the economic, social, political, financial and ecological challenges that confront us today, many Earth Manifesto essays explore Big Picture perspectives of these dilemmas.  One of the most recent pieces is a clarion call for smarter planning titled Climate Change Considerations, Carrying Capacity, and Ecological Overshoot.  Provocatively creative explorations of big issues and entertaining ideas are also made in Transcendental Musings: A Bugle Horn Sounds for Solidarity of Purpose and in Revelations of a Modern Prophet.

Ultimate mysteries permeate existence, so perhaps it is appropriate that this manifesto has mysteriously materialized in our midst, springing forth as if fully formed like Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, from the forehead of Zeus.  In actuality, this manifesto has been evolving continuously since before September 11, 2001, and it has incorporated unfolding events and new perspectives and developments as they occur. 

General Observations

It has been 240 years since the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  In many key aspects, the years from 2001 to 2016 have been an economic and political fiasco for the United States.  It is now a good time for us to consider how to ensure that our nation really helps foster and preserve individual freedoms, civil liberties, human rights, national security and social well-being.  And at the same time, it is crucially important that we make committed efforts to achieve a greater modicum of more fairly shared prosperity, social justice, community well-being, good governance, fiscal responsibility, intelligent planning priorities, and ecological sanity.

The well-being of life on Earth is being threatened by conservative ideologies, and by wasteful consumerism, excessive greed, unbridled corporatism, economic desperation, and the overharvesting of natural resources.  A “Living Planet Report 2014” revealed that the average population sizes of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by more than 50% over the last 40 years.  This stunning news should shake us all into alert awareness, and provoke us into supporting farsighted action.

It would be eminently wise for us to respect the healthy condition of Earth’s ecosystems and adopt an every-day-is-Earth-Day attitude.  Policies and behaviors are needed that are more considerate of the general good and broadly-shared prosperity in the long run.  Unfortunately, “Change you can believe in” is being subverted by the powerful influence of entrenched interest groups and the overriding impulse toward maintaining the status quo.  It is becoming increasingly clear that our economic institutions and international trade agreements should be restructured to eliminate misguided policies and perverse incentives that our representatives have put in place to give most of the benefits of the economy to the top 1% of Americans.  Our system of democratic governance itself should be re-invigorated to purge it of the dysfunctional aspects that give overweening power to big corporations and lobbyists and influential wealthy conservatives. 

Regulations that are merely bureaucratic should be reduced, and intelligent new incentives and disincentives should be implemented to foster the greatest good for the greatest number of people over the longest period of time.  The basic criteria for determining what contributes to the public interest and the common good should be an honest assessment of what is consequentially most fair, wholesome and likely to be sustainable.

One particularly compelling line of thought that underlies the ideas in many of these writings is that the human race is ill advisedly “fleecing the future” with our short-term oriented and unsustainable activities.  Powerful interests are converting natural resources to cash as quickly as they are able, despite the fact that common sense tells us we should be honestly treating our home planet like a thriving and lasting concern, rather than like a business in liquidation.

We are collectively acting as if we are unaware, or in denial, or lacking in the most basic tenets of conscience and morality.  Must we not tread on the Planet more gently?  Must we not treat other people more fairly?  Wouldn’t it be wisest for us to strive with more sustained commitment to finding ways of protecting our Constitutional civil liberties?  Shouldn’t we be demanding that our business and governmental institutions give fairer consideration to the common good and the well-being of people today AND in future generations? 

The Earth Manifesto commemorates and celebrates the wonders and beauty of our home planet.  It strives to advance a bold revolution against the subtle madness that characterizes the world in its compulsive busyness, wasteful consumerism, laissez-faire exploitive capitalism, cost externalizing schemes, excessive risk-taking, bubble economic policies, harsh inequities, reactionary religious fundamentalism, wrongheaded purposes, stimulated fears, uncontrolled population growth, and policies that provoke terrorism and encourage aggressive militarism and repression in response.

General Douglas MacArthur once said, “I believe that the entire effort of modern society should be concentrated on the endeavor to outlaw war as a method of the solution of problems between nations”.  Shouldn’t we give greater weight to these words, and reflect this consideration in our public decision-making and foreign policies?  Shouldn’t we strive to marginalize extremism and dedicate ourselves to creating societies that are more mutually secure by making the world more just?

We need to look beyond the ‘good old boys’, and beyond the conflict between the ideologies of liberals and conservatives.  We must look deeper than the cultural conflicts between stereotypically strong, authoritarian, discipline-oriented, domineering and paternalistic father-figure paradigms, on the one hand, and more cooperative parental instincts that are oriented around fairness, sensible protections, and empathetic understanding, on the other.  Where should we look? --- Directly to the important principles set forth by our Founders.  Our true American values are those that have been cherished since the original 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain in 1776.  Colonial imperialism by the British had given our forbearers a powerful motive to establish a democracy that fairly represented all citizens.  A new nation was brought forth upon this continent that was to be governed by a Constitution and a Bill of Rights and rules of law that maintain idealistic and humanistic principles of Liberty, Justice and the promotion of the General Welfare.  These great founding documents included powerful protections of free speech for all people, and freedom of worship and other guaranteed rights.  They also reflected a valid distrust of abuses of power, so they included a robust system of checks and balances within the federal government, and between it and the States.

Many years have passed since the Constitution was ratified.  In this interregnum, a commendable number of progressive advances have been made to protect citizens from the worst characteristics of ruthless capitalism.  Laws and regulations have been established and reforms have been made to create important protections of privacy, public health, safety of the food supply and pharmaceutical drugs, workers’ rights, investor protections, civil rights, and the health of our enveloping environment.

These progressive advances stand above the opposing influence of entrenched interests that are vested in the status quo.  The purposes of these advances have been to remedy the social ills associated with modern urbanized industrial civilization and to mitigate the corrupting effect of Big Money in our economic and political systems.  Misleading information, deceptive propaganda, institutionalized bribery, unethical dirty tricks in elections, and dominating ideologies and inflexible conventional beliefs are working against these progressive advances.  In particular, the insecurities and fears of the American people have been manipulated by “movement conservatives” and the subsequent rise of risible Donald Trump, and the anger, frustrations, biases, nationalistic impulses, fears and sheepish gullibility of many people are being exploited to advance a retrogressive agenda in both domestic and foreign policies.

We need fairer national policies that wholeheartedly champion honest openness, truer justice, genuine freedom, sensible moderation, democratic governance, fair-minded representation, peaceful coexistence, and ecological sanity.  Faith in reason must prevail, and we should make a passionate commitment to greater good goals.  This faith must be informed by smart priorities, empathetic understandings, good neighborliness, Solon-wise compromise, and proportional responses to threats.

This Manifesto is, foremost, about the Earth and our inextricable interconnectedness with her biological communities and her miraculously providential ecosystems.  These words concern a true understanding of the inter-dependencies of our species with healthy natural habitats and the undiminished biological diversity of life on Earth.  We are slowly coming to the realization that we simply must give our beautiful home planet much more respect, in order to assure our own flourishing and survival. 

There is an enormous amount of money to be made by ignoring these overarching understandings.  A huge amount.  But this fact does not alter -- even one iota -- the transcendent truth that we must give more far-reaching protections to planet Earth’s providential terrestrial and aquatic commons and to the health of the ecosystems upon which our human prosperity and survival depend.

Life on Earth is amazingly resilient.  But it is also vulnerable to rapid changes.  The lessons of history tell us that the remarkable diversity of life on Earth should be conserved and protected for our own sake, and for the sake of our descendants.  We cannot indefinitely sustain wasteful, damaging and depletionary activities the way we have been doing, so egregiously, and at a rapidly accelerating rate, for the past 250 years since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Dr. Tiffany B. Twain is the author of the Earth Manifesto.  She writes with optimism and a cheerfully bemused but vigilantly concerned tone.  She provides scathing insights into the unjust and foolish aspects of human societies worldwide.  She professes to be a wise Depth Assessor, and an indirect descendant of the famous author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain.  She asserts that what the world needs now is a deeper connection to ancient human roots, and a greater clarity of perspective, and a more respectful appreciation of the natural world. 

Such observations -- and many, many more far-ranging ideas -- are explored in this lengthy manifesto.   Readers are urged to think for themselves about the ideas it contains, and to do their own part to contribute in some way to the improvement of conditions in the world.  We can, indeed must, do better!!  As Dr. Seuss’ Lorax said, ‘UNLESS someone like us cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not!’                      

For more information, contact Dr. Tiffany B. Twain at SaveTruffulaTrees@hotmail.com.  Feedback is welcomed!