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In the Sept. 4 Region section, you ran an interesting article on Bill Schaefer citing his work on grieving and death and taking his concerns on the road to educate America before the upcoming election ["Trip will address variety of issues"]. I wanted to learn more about this person, so I checked on his background and organizations.
I began with his website, Quicksilver Times, which was cited. In a May 1 blog, Schaefer wrote: "Over the past decade we at Sena Foundation, and now Quicksilver Times, have called for radical, fundamental changes to our economic, social, political and spiritual institutions."
He shows open hostility to the American capitalist economy and calls for its end. He says the American capitalist system needs to be replaced with an alternative system with the following tenants: no interest on any money transactions; a world community where every worker on the planet is protected; rights of the individual including free education for all; a minimum wage sufficient to allow a worker to own a home, provide food, transportation, and necessities for himself and family; free health care and a guaranteed retirement commensurate with their standard of living while working; and population control to provide a balance between population and resources.
If this philosophy seems out of the mainstream, then perhaps you might find comfort in a speech (YouTube) he gave in Richmond on Feb. 27, 2011, to a pro-union crowd urging "workers of the world, unite!"
I find this type of talk troubling, especially before an election. Why did The Free Lance-Star decide to dedicate almost a half of page in the paper to this man? I would love to hear the answer.