Stewart is editor at BigEye.com and NewsWatch.org

Stewart grew up on his family's farm located in NE Ohio's Summit County. In the middle of his last high-school year he asked his parents to give their permission for him to enroll, as a 17 year-old minor, in the US Naval Air Reserves "weekend warrior" O-2 training program at the Akron, Ohio Naval Air Station.

He graduated near the top of Hudson Township's 1951 class of forty-seven students. After spending part of that summer on active training duty, he commuted from home to Kent State University and to NAS Akron. The following summer his Navy Squadron flew an east coast logistical air wing based at Norfolk, VA Naval Air Station. He has fond memories of flying at 17 - 20 years of age in these Navy propeller-driven airplanes: PBY, SNJ, SNB, TBM, and R4D.

The Navy enabled him to transfer to Ohio State University and occupied his time again throughout the following summer. By December of 1955, at which time he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, the war in Korea had ended. More importantly for him, education and developing personal convictions precluded him from pursuing a military career.

He went to work within a few days of graduation, with a "Q" Security Clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission, in a laboratory at Battelle Memorial Institute, within walking distance of the college. An avid reader, by 1960 he no longer considered an academic or military career, nor a lifetime spent working in the confines of a laboratory. He took a job in Ohio with Lever Brothers Company, a large consumer products marketing firm that offered a two-year in-field sales-training program. After the two years he was promoted and transferred to New York City where he eventually participated in the introduction of new products.

He resigned from Lever after six years to triple his income, switching from marketing consumer products to industrial sales. By 1968 he had become one of the nation's top producing truck-body salesmen, selling to major truck-rental companies. After learning the techniques of successful distributor marketing, he moved on to become regional sales manager of a company for a couple of years and then the general sales manager of a division of a publicly traded company. He drove the business into a profitable position within his first full quarter's accounting period.

In 1976 he decided to go into business for himself and to return to his mid-western roots. In the course of a year he built an early Century-21 real estate franchise into the SE Ohio region's leading office in all areas: recruiting, listings, sales, and profit. Bored with that business, he began to study the way that personal financial products were marketed, especially "savings-type" or "money-back" life-insurance. These were financial contracts that he could never fully comprehend.

After sending away for The Consumers Union Guide to Life Insurance and reading it carefully, it became obvious to him that accurate information was needed from other than the industry's trained salesmen and their clever General Agents.

He then studied several books on the subject, including Norman F. Dacey's What's Wrong with Your Life Insurance, G. Scott Reynolds' The Mortality Merchants, the classic chapter #13 on life-insurance in Venita Van Caspel's Money Dynamics, and Randal A. Hendricks definitive study, "A Legal Analysis of the Sale of Life Insurance", [The Houston Law Review 810 (1969)].

He decided to recruit and train a marketing organization that would accurately inform consumers, enabling them to make financial decisions in the interest of their families rather than in those of already financially bloated life-insurance companies.

He met and joined forces with a couple of older highly successful and experienced sales executives, the men who introduced the marketing of mutual funds to the American public. Together, over the next several years, he worked with the progressive insurance companies for which they designed products his own company marketed.

In 1980 he wrote and self-published Financial Recovery. Advertised in full-page ads in "Life Insurance Selling" magazine, where it received a favorable review, thousands of copies were bought by individual agents and agencies across America where it helped to create substantial industry changes.

From 1980 to 1985 he built, owned, and managed a company that became one of the top volume diversified brokerage agencies in America, marketing selected financial products nationally, including tax-deferred single-premium annuities before the tax-law was changed from FIFO to LIFO effective Aug. 14, 1982, and selling attractive unregistered tax-sheltered investments before the IRS eliminated them with TEFRA. Before the personal computer age, he struggled to learn how to program the TI-59 in order to provide responsible agents throughout the country a means of calculating and presenting replicable and accountable financial product analyses for their clients at the point of sale.

He made the stupid mistake by entering politics. A couple of friends and Stewart picked a slate of state-wide candidates after helping the new Libertarian Party gain Ohio ballot access. He ran for the Ohio Senate, campaigning on rejection of the state income tax, repeal of the federal income tax, and audit of the Federal Reserve System. He put a sign on the back of his motorcycle's seat that read, "Stop the Federal Income Tax". It got a lot of approving honks. In retrospect, he realizes how politically naive he was at the time. He did relatively well at the polls but unexpectedly generated personally destructive and formidable enemies.

His brilliant younger brother Bob, a PhD geologist living in Florida, had for years been encouraging him to move south. In January 1986, during a particularly cold Ohio winter, he relocated to Sarasota, Florida, a community which he loves today as much as he did the first day he found it. He hopes to live peacefully there to age 100 among interesting neighbors. He is best contacted as Stewart in www.emailclub.com


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Human Liberty Demands Net Neutrality

by Stewart Ogilby

Liberty

Liberty Leading the People

 

Those of us who owned home computers in the early 1990’s thrilled to rapidly advancing wonders of a technology that exploded into today’s digital revolution. The future progress of this revolution is threatened today by its very success. Corporations involved in pursuit of commercial interests are faced with wildly popular alternative media on the verge of overtaking their own sponsored and controlled mass media.

Overshadowing commercial threats to them looms the prospect of corporate government (fascism) losing political control of the masses, until recently guaranteed them through monopoly of mass propaganda channels. Neither scenario is acceptable, in the least, to those whose psychopathic control compulsions and overriding monetary values result in rationalizing a conviction that they are entitled to run the lives of others, or that they have been divinely chosen and, consequently, gifted with superior intellects. These are self-fulfilling concepts.

Our present screed is not, per se, an attack on capitalism itself, despite increasingly obvious problems. The profit motive resulted in rapid dissemination of huge technological advances and introduced wonders of a new personal computer age to millions of persons. Our present concerns, however, provide an example, as well as a warning, of dangers created when the corporate world, despite its efficiency, succeeds in monopolizing avenues indispensable to the free-flow of human creativity.

The future of the Internet brings us face to face with interesting practical and ideological considerations. As in many areas, a conflict arises between free market policy in a world of corporations and a public interest to be protected by regulatory involvement, laws and control by the State. Each of us must now examine the issues and express her views. Failure to do so may result in losses to us all of further technological advances and of yet to be imagined wonders possible in the coming years. How I wish I had known in 1994 what my hobby would become in only ten years! Of course, I would have registered dozens of cool domain names (after all, we picked them up free at the time).

For several years, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) business, often run on a geek’s computer located in his basement or garage, provided computer owners access to each other’s machines by means of one or more telephone numbers. Prior to Internet interface there were a number of separate and unconnected so-called “online services” including CompuServe, Genii, Delphi, AOL and Prodigy and there were hundreds of local “bulletin boards” containing (among other things) wonderful utility files created to broaden the computer’s operations in a DOS environment. Ah, the good old days!

To begin with, we knew that it was bound to happen. Even after the online services interfaced with the Internet and were thereby able to exchange emails, and as long as access to the new medium was diversified, censorship and control was problematical. However, after telephone companies and cable TV companies replaced local ISP’s in providing access, censorship and control would inevitably become an issue.

By centralizing and owning the pipelines, these corporations acquire the means to control its content and
technology. Again, we knew that this day would come. We also knew that we would be faced with a paradox. On the one hand, we would argue for freedom from internet controls and, on the other hand, we would seek regulatory controls to prohibit telephone and cable companies from interfering with “our” new medium.

To my way of thinking, the decision is clear. We must prevent these corporations from interfering with both content as well as with developing technology created during mankind’s new digital revolution. Content may threaten certain individuals’ sensibilities. Developing technology may threaten certain vested commercial interests. Should corporate government succeed in modifying internet pipelines with the intention of thwarting the delivery of information contrary to its own interests by enhancing delivery of its own controlled or selected information the geeks, nerds, cyberpunks, all who provide knowledge and skills upon which this new medium depends, must withhold their support. Further, they must devise a substitute, possibly returning to a fragmented ISP delivery system based upon today’s mobile wireless technology.

During the past century we witnessed horrible and tragic events resulting from having populations of national states governed by political henchmen of corporate commercial interests. That is the inevitable result of governmental control solely by financial interests in lieu of other human values. Net neutrality provides a microcosm of this fundamental problem. Today it is, perhaps, its most important aspect.

The Internet must be left free to develop in its own way, just as populations must be left free to develop in their own ways. It is the Internet that brings to mankind the potential to communicate freely across national borders and the hope for a world united in peace, tolerant of differences, and indifferent to corporate balance sheets.

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5 Responses to "Human Liberty Demands Net Neutrality"

  1. Grampah  May 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    ” My guess is that many people would rather get truth (or as much of it as we can presently discern) at a snail’s pace than pay higher fees to get lightning quick presentations of government / corporate propaganda and advertising.”
    I agree. Reading truth today is hampered by bells and whistles, aka marketing b.s. The design of websites has gone to a wacky world of glitter and distraction, attempting to catch the nano seconds attention of the average visitor. Au contraire they announce to me with their horrid formatting they are not in the news business.
    I recall the early days, truth was often found in forums which were far more useful in depth than these contrived inventions, tweeter, facebook etc. Which feature brief opinion agreeing or “like” or not like, i.e. popularity contests.

  2. Jack Heart  May 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Excellent job on the writing Stewart but I have to tell you what every thinking man should realize by now; freedom is not something that everyone is entitled too and its not something anybody who is not prepared to die on a moments notice for it is ever going to have.

    • Howard T.Lewis III  May 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      You don’t die for freedom. You kill for it. Bullies will be bullies and some take it to extremes. Poor them.

  3. stephanaugust  May 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    If the internet would change anything it would already be forbidden a long time ago. (Unknown)

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