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The Politics of Health

Disease, Obesity, and the Health of the Body Politic:
A General Systems Analysis of Corporate Impact on
American Health, Society, and the Global Environment

Eric Armstrong

In 2004, I spent 5 months researching and writing this book. As my eyes began to open to the systemic connections between things that are going wrong in our world, it began to seem that every newspaper article, every TV news story, provided further evidence for the maladies. The book began to grow from what can only be described as an "embarassment of riches" to prove its case.

My idea at the time was to bring the book out in time to influence the 2004 election. But as that date became impractical, I created this website both to begin gathering support for the solution-concept, to get the analysis out into the public record, and to give me a place to write about current events so that the book could focus on the main themes without being distracted by every news story.

Once the site was created, I went back to working on the book, but soon ran out of money. It was necessary to go back to work--but at the same time difficult to do so. After having seen the inevitable disaster to come, how do you get yourself motivated to keep painting the deck chairs? The solution was to put the book aside, so I could begin to forget the details.

The problem, of course, is that the book needs to get out into the world. The analysis needs to be reviewed, examined, and double-checked. The solution--the only possible solution I have adduced after five years of concentrated thought on the subject--needs to be promoted. Developers need to be recruited. Above all, the concept needs to be implemented.

But as it currently stands, the book is a good seven months from being finished. It is a very rough draft. So I was torn between the need to finish the book, and the need to eat; between the need to focus on the message, and the need to forget about it so I could stay motivated enough to make a living.

The solution was provided by Doug Engelbart. He encouraged me to post the draft form of the book to the web. So, with his encouragement (thanks, Doug) here it is--an early draft, partially still in outline form, but with the main thesis presented and supported by some of the embarssing wealth of evidence that backs its claims. [To contact me about it, send a message to eric (at) TreeLight (dot) com.]

The following PDF files are available:

  • Two pieces that need to be combined:
    • The Book's Preface (html)
    • Series Preface
  • Series Intro
  • Book One: The Poisoning of America
  • Book Two: The Betrayal of American Values
  • Book Three: Taking Back Our Future

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