Published Articles by Dan Riker

Some of Dan Riker’s recent publications

The Misinterpreted 10th Amendment: It Doesn’t Do What Many People Think it Does.


“Anatomy of the Creation of a Fundamental Right

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Gay Marriage.”

“In recognizing the fundamental right of same-sex marriage, and making it the law of the entire United States, the Supreme Court once again has taken the nation further along the road of progress of human freedom and liberty.”


“A new ‘Common Sense’ Why We Need a New Progressive Movement.”, April 6, 2015.

The “common sense” answer to America’s economic and political problems is obvious. There is only one type of government that will do what needs to be done: a progressive government. That can only come to pass if progressives take control of the Democratic Party and then win elections at all levels of government. Republicans must be driven out of office from the city council to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.


“What would it be like to have a war with Iran? Obscenely expensive in cash and lives.”, March 10, 2015.

“It would be very refreshing, and unusually intelligent if, before the U.S. goes into another war, we know what we are getting into. With even a cursory look at what might be involved in a war with Iran it does not take military genius to see that it will be extremely painful and very costly in cash and lives with no guarantee of success. We already have suffered through this movie more than once. Do we need to do it again? This time it could be much, much worse.”

“47 Senators have committed a felony, but they won’t be prosecuted.” March 8, 2015.

“The Republican congressional contempt for President Obama has gone beyond the point of insanity to something approaching treason. When 47 U.S. senators signed and sent a letter to “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” they may have committed a felony by violating the Logan Act, which forbids citizens from corresponding with foreign governments with the intent to influence their actions towards the United States.”


“What Trickle-Down Economics Has Done to the US: The Rich Get All the Money.”, March 5, 2015.

“The majority of Americans are not experiencing the recovery from the Great Recession. Wealth is being redistributed from the poor and the middle class to the rich. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work for anyone except the wealthy.”


“Control the Corporations Before They Completely Control Us.”, Feb. 13, 2015.

”The implications of the growing power of multinational corporations, and the continuing failure of governments to control them, are still not fully appreciated. This concentration of power is one of the worst legacies of the Reagan era, but one now shared with his successors. It is time to do something to control their behavior.”


“For once I agree with Rand Paul. I also don’t think Loretta Lynch should be Attorney General.”, Feb. 5, 2015.

“The Attorney General of the United States is the leading legal administrative official of the United States and has great influence over legislation and over how existing laws are enforced. It is very important that someone hold this position with a forward-looking view, not one based on the past, refusing to see and acknowledge the wrongness of the war on drugs.”


Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”, Feb. 2, 2015.

“The TPP is horrible. Among other things, it substantially limits the ability of the government to regulate Wall Street. It makes an international agreement supreme over U.S. law.”


Raising the Minimum Wage to $15.00 – new data and analysis”, Jan. 30, 2015.

“Congress could do one single thing that would have a greater positive impact on our economy, than any other. It raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 and link it to the cost of living. The result would be an economic boom unlike anything we have seen since the 1950s.”


For the New Year – A New Progressive Movement”, Dec, 31, 2014.

“A Proposed Statement of Purpose of the new Progressive Movement
This is a proposed statement of purpose for a new progressive movement to take over the Democratic Party and gain control of governments at all levels. It is based on the 1912 Progressive Party Platform, which contained a number of commitments that still are relevant:”


Naomi Klein provides accelerant to the re-ignited Climate Change Movement – a book review”, Oct. 3, 2014.

“According to Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century the rich are going to get much richer and more powerful, and there is not much we can do about it. However, if we don’t stop the Earth from heating up in the next ten years, there may not be a world that even the rich can enjoy, writes Naomi Klein in her powerful new book, This Changes Everything.”


“Review with commentary of Unreasonable Men”, Sept. 7, 2014.

In Unreasonable Men Michael Wolraich brilliantly portrays the differences between insurgents and incumbents, between those who seek power and those who have it. With the skill of a good novelist, he brings the people and events alive in the first 12 years of the 20th Century when an enormous political revolution occurred in the United States. It was brought about by a small group of progressive insurgents, but eventually led by one who first had been an incumbent.


“President Obama’s Reported Leading Choice As Ben Bernanke’s Successor As Chairman Of The Fed, Lawrence Summers, Shares Blame For Causing The Great Recession.”, July 29, 2013.

“When Bill Clinton still was President, Brooksley Born, then chair of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, attempted to get Congressional approval to regulate the then rapidly growing derivatives market. Her effort failed because of the opposition of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, and Lawrence Summers, who then was Deputy Treasury Secretary, but who would succeed Rubin in 1999. Many think that opposition was responsible in part for the derivatives debacle that ensued in 2007-8.”


“Deception And Error: The Supreme Court’s Wrong Decision On Voting Rights.”, July 11, 2013.

“Chief Justice John Roberts deceptively altered an earlier Supreme Court decision, misapplied another, and erroneous described the Tenth Amendment in writing the majority opinion that ruled the key section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. What he did generally has gone unnoticed in the subsequent articles that have been published about the decision. This article provides a detailed analysis of what he did, and why that makes his decision legally and constitutionally wrong.”


“How Little Has Changed.”, May 7, 2013.

“How little has changed: Some excerpts of writings on the capitalism of the 19th and early 20th Centuries – excerpted from my book, a work still in progress, Let’s Do What Works and Call it Capitalism:”


“Why It is Practically and Ethically Wrong to Apply Chained CPI to Social Security.”, April 22, 2013.

“A number of commentators have tried to argue that the reductions in future Social Security payments resulting from replacing the current method of calculating cost of living increases with “chained CPI” are so insignificant that the proposal should not have provoked the harsh negative reaction from progressives. However, because those decreases in future Social Security payments compound over time they eventually will be significant and could exacerbate the increasingly tenuous financial condition of millions of the elderly.”


“How Can Congress Ignore 92 percent Support for Gun Control?”, March 27, 2013.

Why gun control, despite strong popular support, cannot pass Congress.


“David Brook Jumps the Shark.”, March 21, 2013.

“David Brooks jumped the shark in his March 18 New York Times column, when he attacked the only budget proposed in Congress this year that would rapidly improve the economy, restore full employment, but reduce the ratio of the national debt to the GDP, without cuts in Medicare or Social Security.”

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