John Berman – Republican for U.S. Senate


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Biographical Information:

Engineer – electronic hardware design and test; MSEE Stanford/Ginzton Lab-applied physics; B.A. Oberlin College, physics, math

Personal Information:

No response.

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media:

What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?

From my recent blog entry (“Compare & Contrast”): “If Black Lives Matter paid attention here, they’d see the root cause and the solution. And I’m no fan of BLM’s (or others’) violent tendencies. I encourage them to pay attention to this non-violent and effective solution. “

From my website ( “Judge Puty; Computational Justice … The federal courts have failed. They could not scale-up from 1789. They are obsolete and not up to the job. … engineering any system bumps up against realities of scale. State court systems are out of control and were set on this path in 1983 by a Supreme Court decision. George Floyd died because of this, and I have particular grief for his little daughter. I decided to file my candidacies because of that grief. I explain this in my blog.” Judge Puty (Totoware) costs a nickel and runs on your cellphone. “A small cost to yield working courts that deliver truly-objective due process. Judge Puty’s computational (and therefore objective) court articulates the intent of Congress (which is the law and what courts are supposed to try to “ascertain”) and does NOT permit unlimited “judicial discretion” or unlimited police “discretion” – as in a knee on a neck.”

What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?

See above.  Fix the court system with Judge Puty’s computational justice.

Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?

See above and my website Police reform must begin with Judge Puty’s truly-objective, computational justice, which clearly conveys the intent of Congress or a legislature. This intent is supposedly the goal of courts, so they should welcome this.  It is doubtful they will because it checks their use of unchecked power.

What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?

The pandemic is an extraordinarily complex probability problem with huge ramifications for many things, including our vastly overleveraged economy (which is hugely dependent on the “productive” exercise of trading houses, especially on the Coasts), which – sorry to say – will not likely be the same for a long time, if ever.  Those who think “absolutely” we must do this to the max or that to the max should go back to the sandbox.  Complex probability problems hardly ever have such a simple solution.  In my blog, I point out that “we export slavery,” mainly to China.  If it’s true that the virus originated from China, then it’s worth thinking about whether it might be a direct or indirect result of living and working conditions there.  Desperate living environments created by such an oppressive state slavery system could have been the petri dish that spawned Covid, regardless of a man-made factor, if any.

So, it’s possible that the virus is a by-product of our slavery trade balance.  It’s worth thinking about.  Regardless, slavery isn’t free.  It has a big cost over time – both moral and out-of-pocket.

Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?

Right this minute? No.  Wait a little longer and see what prices do compared to employment (gas prices went from the basement to the mezzanine in a few weeks – maybe a record climb – and are holding) – to the extent that employment measures are reliable.  We are in the biggest open-loop money printing exercise ever.  The most honest feedback you get is at the grocery store and gas pump.  Congress doesn’t pay for anything.  The payment comes out of wallets and purses ultimately, with the Federal Reserve acting as a big hidden foam-rubber pit to supposedly cushion the shocks while creating inexorable inflationary pressure, which is a good thing only in an economy dependent on leverage.  So long as that exists, there will be economic “crises” until the unrecoverable-one hits.  (And I forgot to say again that we export slavery.)  So, saying there’s a simple solution is naive in the extreme.

What are the top 3 things you think deserve your immediate attention in Washington and what action would you take on them, including how you’d compromise with members of the other party?

1) Fix the courts and begin the fix asap with the Judge Puty Project (Totoware).  2) Reduce dependence on China, which will be very hard (see my blog The Hard Key).  3) Reduce the unnecessary conflict with Russia and try to establish/re-establish some common base, which can be done.  Never underestimate anyone, but never ever underestimate the Russians.  

If we had a working court system and there were no “unlimited discretion” for judges or police, a great many problems would resolve, which would leave more room for compromise on other things.  A great deal of frustration/anger people feel (and are rioting over) comes from helplessness in the face of a court system that is useless for anything resembling “justice.” 

Do you believe our healthcare system needs to be reformed? If so, what will you do to change it?

Everything needs “reform” in theory.  First answer: NOT waste 2-TRIL on engineering “climate change.”  This would provide 2-TRIL  to spend on healthcare if and when we decide on the correct way to spend it.  (Yes, I’ve dodged the question but made another point.)

Give us your stance on gun control/2nd Amendment rights.

From my website:  Amendment2:  I want to preface this, in light of the murder of the federal judge’s son and wounding of her husband and every aspect of that attack.  There is no corner of any dimension of the multiverse where you can find any suggestion by me that this is not totally awful.  It should be obvious that I have a LOT of issues with many judges and I believe they should not be judges, BUT violence against them is not only awful; it won’t solve any issues about courts, and it will make them worse.  That’s not just a trite-sounding line.  I believe, obviously, that the Judge Puty (Totoware) technical solution WILL fix the courts and the great many things courts affect – easily and quickly.  I grieve for her son, as I do for Otto and Mr. Floyd’s daughter and Mr. Shaver’s daughters (and the rest of the families).  The particular thought of a 20-year and growing light in the human sky getting snuffed-out just by opening the door makes my heart shudder in its own way.  This is what I wrote prior to my reading about the New Jersey judge: the 2nd Amendment is critical and every bit as important as any other Amendment or Article or Section or Clause and right alongside the 1st Amendment and for good reason; but Am2 was and is the Constitution’s insurance policy.  It is NOT the primary means of “petitioning,” and no one should ever say or even think that I’ve suggested otherwise or ever will.  These days a person can attract scrutiny and obloquy simply by speaking and by speaking a reasonable interpretation.  My view is that my interpretation is much more than merely “reasonable:”  “hunting” and “sport” are mere fringe benefits of Am2, not its reason.  And one doesn’t have to go to extrinsic Federalist/Schmederalist sources.  The reason is protection of what are most dear; and that includes protecting Am1.  So long as Am1 (and separately, family and property) is truly protected and truly available – and that includes the right to petition courts (about which the Sup. Ct. said “The right of access to the courts is indeed but one aspect of the right of petition”)  and election votes are truly counted and not “stuffed” –  then Am2 is merely insurance.  The US consists of at least two sub-countries, and Am2 does not scale well as population density increases.  I’d no sooner take my ’87 F-350 crew cab to NYC than I would a firearm (and that was true even before I became an “incomplete quadriplegic”).  Sure, there was Umpqua College in Roseburg, OR and Red Lake, MN and others (I’m looking at the Wiki on school massacres); but population density is the strongest factor.   The choice is the degree of school security/fortification.  Put Biden’s 2-TRIL climate “fix” towards school security, and children would benefit more from that than supposed “climate security.”  (No, the science is not “settled,” and climate “engineering” is a wild guess, at best.)  The greater the population density, the greater the chance there will be friction that leads to something bad; and more targets.  Give people greater access to speak their minds by petitioning in court, and they won’t “speak their mind with a gun in their hand(s).”  (C. Cross’ best line.)

Do you think we need immigration reform and what changes would you support?

Yes, but immigration policy right now is frozen and undefined, so it’s impossible to comment with any real substance.  (This is not a dodge.)

What steps would you support to strengthen the nation’s security?

The first step at very low cost (only diplomacy) is to try to build/restore a better relationship with Russia.  Putin’s giving himself another 12 or so years doesn’t help the idea of a flexible society there.  Russia is not some pip squeak non-threat the way that moron Chris Matthews (and other know-nothings) would run his mouth about.  It is an extremely proud country (for good reason) with EXTREMELY capable people, and a country with which you want to have a good, not bad, relationship; and not get in their face over baloney.  No, I’m not some commie sellout or anything remotely like that.  My daughter’s mom is Russian-American, so I have “colluded” with a Russian.  I also know that life is MUCH tougher on the wrong side of a Russian than on the right side. The first principle is not to make life unnecessarily hard because it’s hard enough as is.

What are your thoughts on climate change? What should Congress do about it, if anything?

See above.

Would you vote in favor of spending bills that add to the deficit?

The true, total deficit is unknowable.  The hidden line item called Federal Reserve means that we do not know the true supply of money and its locations.  So we do not know the true economic impact of Congress’ deficit spending.  Ron Paul – excuse me, Saint Ron Paul – and also departed Paul Tsongas had true understandings and concerns about deficits.  My guess is that we’re well beyond the heel of the curve where we can relatively easily recover from wherever we are in deficit land.  We also export slavery (mainly to China), which means we have an accounting entry for virtual (free) labor, which is really slavery, and an entry in the morality column that pulls down whatever one may think is our morality balance. I’m not moralizing generally, but there’s a twerp (I don’t remember his name) who used to work for Hillary and then “Demand Justice,” who’s a little Mr. moral inciting-the-revolution type. His cellphone is the product of China, whose economy is underpinned by slave labor.  These guilt-tripped liberals who get hot under the collar about “justice” should look at the phone in their pocket.  Judge Puty is the single best solution to get back on track to justice here.  As I wrote in my blog (The Hard Key), if China really gets on the fast track to justice, life here will become a lot more expensive and difficult, fast.  Including for Demand-twerp Justice.

Yes, I’m down-to-earth blunt about this guy because he was repeatedly showing up on TV in crowd confrontations (when I was a captive of the hospital TV) and appeared to me to be stoking violence.  He should learn some programming and contribute to the open-source Judge Puty project if he really wants justice.

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