Donald Trump dismisses Black Lives Matter protesters as a bunch of “anarchists.” Meanwhile, many of those protesters proudly wear that label as a statement. I suspect neither understands what anarchism really is. To Trump and his supporters, anarchism is like the Devil — something they don’t understand; they are…


Eastman should not just be shunned, but disbarred, and possibly prosecuted criminally, not for his dubious legal advice alone, but for his part in attempting to overthrow the government of the United States by force. Those memos were but one part of that conspiracy.

The United States Supreme Court has…


I can’t say that I invented the Internet

Jacket for Mass Information Utilities and Social Excellence — design by Saul Lambert, photo by Author from his private collection.

But I was there, playing tic-tac-toe on computers possibly connected to the Strategic Air Command. My Father, Dr. Harold Sackman, was a researcher for the RAND Corporation and its spinoff, Systems Development Corporation (SDC). His specialty was what was then known as “Man-Machine Interface.” What is now known as the…


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Single-Payer Health Insurance should be a no-brainer. The United States pays twice as much for health insurance as anywhere else in the world, for inferior health care, because we refuse to join the rest of the civilized world and enact single-payer health insurance. Politically, single-payer, or “Medicare-for-All” is not going…


In a more cynical and depressing vein, you are expressing some of the same concepts my Father published over a half-century ago. You see, I’ve been “researching on the internet” ever since there was an internet, and before it was called by that name.

My Father, Dr. Harold Sackman, was…


Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) — https://aviation-safety.net/photo/3779/Douglas-DC-7B-N8210H


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I was disappointed, but not surprised, at the news that Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended from the Olympics just because of a positive cannabis test. This was one more story in a long history of inequality of opportunity at the event which is supposed to unite us all — the Olympic…


No. Fairness is not getting want you want - it's getting what you need. No, literal "equality" is not the goal, because everyone is different. My starting point and my goal is the ideal of my grandparents:

From each according to ability,

To each according to need.

Each of us has different abilities; each of us have different needs. So when I say something is unfair or unequal, I mean it is blocking someone's opportunity to contribute to society to the best of their abilities; or it is blocking someone from receiving what they need, when we have the capability to provide it.


Thank you for pointing this out. Labeling people, especially, is a hostile act. I know this very well - as a lawyer, it is my job to put labels on people and their actions, in order to make them pay money, do something they don't want to do or not…


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“Freedom” is a word that is thrown around a lot — usually by people who have no idea what it means. The “freedoms” claimed these days include.

Freedom from masks — which really means “freedom” to harm others.

Freedom from government control — which usually means…

David Sackman

Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.

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