Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Jerome M. Segal – Baltimore Sun

Governor of Maryland

Jerome M. Segal



Silver Spring, Montgomery County

Director, The Peace Consultancy

BA – The City College of New York Master in Public Policy – University of Minnesota Ph.d. in Philosophy, University of Michigan

1965 – 1972 – anti-war and civil rights movement 1975 – Served in the UN, helped Clarence Mitchell in his fight against apartheid. 1977 – 78 House Budget Committee, Trustee of Social Equity Task Force. Focused on unemployment disparities between racial groups. 1979 – 1983 – Coordinator for the Near East, USAID, fought for the conception of the basic needs of economic development. Removed by John Bolton. 1984 – present – linked to the University of Medicine, mainly the School of Public Policy 1982 – Together with Marc Raskin (Jamie Raskin’s father) organized the first Jewish demonstration at the Israeli Embassy against the invasion of the Lebanon. 1987 – First Jewish delegation to engage with the PLO. 1988 – present – 3 books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 1999 – wrote “Graceful Simplicity: the Philosophy and Politics of Simple Living” 2018 – Challenged Ben Cardin in the Democratic primary both on Israel and as an advocate for Bread and Roses socialism.

What is the most pressing problem in Maryland and what are you planning to do about it?

It’s still education. The so-called Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, which became law, was a giant step in addressing the social justice aspects of the distribution of financial and human resources to schools and in closing multiple equity gaps. However, when it comes to education itself, what to teach in the classroom and the missions of public schools, it turned out to be a terribly impoverished document, with a very limited vision of the mission from public school, and even in his area of ​​interest: getting better jobs, he had little understanding of future labor markets and failed to engage in the long-term thinking needed when it comes to to educate today’s children, most of whom will be healthy and active in the 21st century. In his quest for a “world-class” school system, he committed Maryland to focus on the only way to compare schools internationally: standardized tests.

What should the state do to reduce violent crime in and around Baltimore?

Everyone has the right to live without fear. Relying on the police has been disastrous, leading to a new kind of fear, fear of the police themselves. We know our society is sick when parents have to have “The Talk” to teach their sons how to survive an encounter with agents meant to protect them. And imprisonment only makes things worse. I firmly believe in the right of the community to eliminate those who endanger the lives of ordinary people. The problem is that we have no viable, humane way to do this. We must rethink the “abduction” from top to bottom. Prison as we know it should be abolished. People of all ages, but especially young people, need new environments that support human transformation. It’s not a panacea, but I believe in a free summer camp for all children from low-income families.

What are your top three transportation priorities in Maryland and how would you fund them?

Two priorities: public transport and the “quasi-free EV”. Best-selling electric vehicle: Tesla, starting at $60,000. Low-income households will be the last to switch to electric vehicles, waiting for Teslas to become old used cars. Low-income people will be the last polluters on the road. We can reverse that. The second best-selling electric vehicle in the world is the Wu Ling Mini. It’s only available in China and sells for $4,500. Guess who makes it? GM owns 44% of the company. As governor, I will bring “nearly free electric vehicles” to Maryland, even if the state has to contract with Shanghai or Tokyo for 250,000 that we will resell in Maryland. Our deeper goal is to reduce the transport budget of households from 20% of income to 5% of income, thus making it possible to live with 15% less money, and thus to start the weekend at 10:30 am on Friday morning . It’s bread and roses.

What should schools in Maryland do differently during the next pandemic?

1. Mobilize a national health guard to protect people in nursing homes, who died like sheep in the first six months. 2. Use work-sharing programs so that an employer who goes from 5 workers at 40 hours (200 hours) to 4 workers at 40 (160 hours) instead goes to 5 workers at 32 hours (also 160 hours). We could have avoided almost all unemployment. 3. A Year of New Education: Stop teaching all the competitive and stressful classes at school. Have a fun-filled year, teach through movies, teach the arts, host virtual debates, learn about the history of slavery, host performance contests, read only the most enjoyable books, or better yet, listen- them on audiobooks, write poetry, visit other countries (virtually). Have the most educational and joyful year of your life.

What are your plans for state property taxes?

We have a proportional property tax, the same rate for rich and poor. We need progressive property taxes. Zero property tax for those with small homes or in low-income neighborhoods and higher rates on McMansions. For Bread and Roses Socialism, this is only part of our housing ambition. We will provide ZIMs – zero interest mortgages for building modest and even tiny homes. This will pay off mortgages on a modest home in 10 years even with a modest income. This housing cost (mortgage + property taxes) generally represents 25% of income and corresponds to 25% of working time, 1 day plus 5 hours. Combine that with the 6 hours we save on transportation and we have the 3 day work week. It’s bread and roses.

How fairly do the police treat people of color?

First of all, you can’t just ask “how do the police treat people of color”. People are each responsible for their own actions, and people are different. But we know that there is a system and a culture in which abuse, brutality and injustice run rampant. And it’s a giant problem, not just for those who directly suffer from it, but because it also has deep ties to America’s original sin: slavery. In many ways, today’s police brutality is the long reach of our terrible history in the present, and it puts us all to shame.

What would you do to ensure Maryland’s voting system is safe and accurate?

I view this as a non-issue that was fabricated to suppress minority voting. Today there is a real threat to our voting system, but of a completely different order. It’s Donald Trump, calling election officials in Georgia and saying, “Find me 13,647 votes.” And this is not an anomaly. The Republican Party has sunk to the lowest gutter in American history. With the exception of a few people they fire from office, there is no integrity in all of them. Even during the Civil War era, no one argued that Lincoln hadn’t won. Today’s Republicans would at least be honest if they left the Union and fired on Fort Sumpter, rather than destroying faith in the legitimacy of American elections.

What are good targets and timelines for Maryland to reduce carbon emissions and expand renewable energy sources?

The automobile is the worst source of carbon emissions and one of the easiest to fix. We need to move to electric vehicles, and it’s totally doable, and in a previous answer I wrote about the need for a “near-free EV”. The real issue for Maryland is how to make a difference in climate change itself. Meeting our targets, whether by 2035 or 2060, will make no difference to sea levels or temperature levels. Bread and Roses seeks to model for the country and for the world a different conception of a developed society, which is not a question of growing, which offers a better quality of life with modest levels of consumption and with more of time that is truly ours.

What are Governor Larry Hogan’s best and worst policies?

Above all, the best thing about Larry Hogan is that he said he wouldn’t support Trump even if Trump gets the nomination. This simple prioritization of country over party is a rarity in the Republican Party today. Things are so bad in the United States today that although, as a bread and rose socialist, I could hardly be further from Hogan on policy, I recognize that a Hogan presidency could indeed be a good thing.

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