About the Author

David schwartz

David (Jed) D. Schwartz, also known as Andreas Daniel Fogg found himself as an undergraduate sophomore at Columbia College in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, during the turbulent Spring of 1968. The campus was occupied and shut down by anti-war and anti-university expansion SDS protesters, causing confusion and unrest. Feeling pulled in different directions, Andreas struggled to make sense of the events unfolding around him, but the prevailing anger hindered peaceful thinking, reading, and writing.

Seeking a change of environment, Andreas moved to a small college near Chicago, closer to his family. There, he resumed his studies in sociology from a qualitative perspective. With guidance from Greek American and Hungarian American sociology professors, as well as a brilliant social psychologist with notable associations, Andreas discovered a newfound talent for writing. He took pride in his improved writing ability, which had emerged from the two remedial writing courses he had taken previously.

Immersing himself in sociology, Andreas explored the work of Erving Goffman, particularly "Asylums," an implied ethnography shedding light on total institutions such as prisons, mental hospitals, and surveillance-heavy police states. Intrigued by the subject matter, Andreas decided to experience conditions in a psychiatric hospital firsthand. Amidst a broken heart and the absence of his sociology mentors over the summer, he believed he could become a patient and gain insight.

Following six months at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, Andreas secured a job washing dishes at the original branch of Legal Seafoods and found accommodation in a halfway house. His father, a sociology and law professor specializing in criminal and environmental law, served as a tacit collaborator throughout Andreas's journey, engaging in discussions about his experiences.

Later, he also has expressed concerns about the increasing threat of losing personal control due to technological advances, such as driverless cars. Allowing or mandating that driverless cars be used would place enormous power in the hands of the authorities, to covertly engineer crashes against political enemies. We are paranoid enough as it is.....Andreas' sociological perspective...."

Drawing on his undergraduate and graduate training in sociology and anthropology, Andreas's journals served as political appeals for policies that would prevent economic stagnation, poverty, and overwork. He leaned toward left-wing political economic analyses but rejected authoritarian solutions. Andreas believed that liberal efforts to uplift disadvantaged groups as a whole, instead of promoting deserving individuals within those groups, had caused a rift in American society. He advocated for merit-based promotions that considered the impact of learning disabilities and disadvantageous backgrounds, rather than solely focusing on race or ethnicity.

Andreas argued that society's refusal to train and support qualified individuals based on racial or ethnic characteristics would perpetuate bigotry and isolate the country on the international stage. His focus extended beyond progressive taxation and encompassed an examination of the reasons behind the decreasing taxes on the wealthy, banks, and holding companies. He questioned why such trends persisted and why the Republican Party gained significant support.

To address the need for better-paying jobs, Andreas proposed retraining underemployed or unemployed individuals in sophisticated skills. However, he highlighted the lack of government investment in job retraining, noting that the current administration was cutting funds in this area. He referenced Steven Brill's book "Tailspin" (2018) to support his claims and often cited passages from relevant and valuable works in his writing.

Andreas aimed to connect his analyses of American society's actions with alternative approaches that could be pursued with sufficient will. He self-published five books, with the most recent copyright in 2014. Continuously writing since then, he has multiple book-length manuscripts waiting for potential interest from legitimate publishers.

David Schwartz
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