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Some of Bill McGaughey’s Other Web Sites that are not translated into Foreign Languages

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Over the past 10 to 15 years, Bill McGaughey has created and posted a large number of web sites. All were originally written in English. Many of the sites were later translated into other languages using a machine translator such as Babelfish or Google.

In all, McGaughey has created and maintained 12 different web sites. Half are in English only. The other half are in English and several other languages.

The web sites that are only in English include:

http://www.newindependenceparty.org
http://www.billforpresident.org
http://www.neonixonian.org
http://www.newdignityparty.org
http://wwwthistlerose.org
http://www.landlordpolitics.com

Those that are in English and other languages include:

http://www.worldhistorysite.com
http://www.bighistorysite.com
http://www.billmcgaughey.com
http://www.goldparty.org
http://www.identityindependence.com
http://www.shorterworkweek.com

the sites appearing in English only

The sites that appear in the English language only tend to be ones created to support political campaigns. Bill McGaughey has unsuccessfully run for public office seven times: for Mayor of Minneapolis (2001 and 2009), for U.S. Senate in the Independence Party primary (2002), for President of the United States in Louisiana’s Democratic primary (2004) and in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary (2016), for U.S. House of Representatives as the Independence Party candidate in the general election (2008), for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota with Bob Carney in the Republican primary (2010), and for Minnesota state representative in district 59-B in the Republican primary (2014).

The high water mark was in 2008 when McGaughey received 22,318 votes for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th district. The low point was in 2016 when he received a scant 17 votes in New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary.

The site newindependenceparty.org, whose ownership has since lapsed, was written to support McGaughey’s candidacy for Congress in 2008.

The site billforpresident.org was written to support his candidacy for President in the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary.

The site newdignityparty.org was written to support his campaign for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2009.

The reality is that, more and more, U.S. politics is based upon demographic divisions. As a white male in America, McGaughey is, of course, seen as a potential racist, and a sexist, and likely a homophobe as well. The Democrats represent racial minorities and women. The Republicans represent white males. Bill McGaughey decided to advocate for his own type of person, with dismal results. Evidently voters thought he was a closet (or not-so-closet) racist, even though McGaughey was married to a black woman. There is no profit in pushing this type of issue, at least not for someone in his position.

NeoNixonian.org was originally progressiveRepublican.org, intended to help revive a certain type of Republican. McGaughey gave this site away to a man who promised to put resources into the effort to build viewership and replaced it with a site that expressed contrarian admiration for Richard Nixon.

Thistlerose.org was created to support McGaughey’s book publications under the auspices of his publishing house, Thistlerose Publications. The self-published books (with publication dates) include: A Shorter Workweek in the 1980s (1981) Punchdrunk Man Reader (1988), A US-Canada-Mexico Free-Trade Agreement: Do We Just Say No? (1992), Five Epochs of Civilization: World History as Emerging in Five Civilizations (2000), Rhythm and Self-Consciousness: New Ideals for an Electronic Civilization (2001), The Independence Party and the Future of Third-Party Politics (2003), and On the Ballot in Louisiana: Running for President to Fight National Decay (2004).

The remaining site that was not translated into other languages, landlordpolitics.com, describes a political venture that did bear fruit. Bill McGaughey bought a house and an apartment building in the early 1990s but soon ran afoul of city inspectors and officials. Fortunately, a group of Minneapolis landlords, led by a table-tennis entrepreneur (Charlie Disney), organized to resist city inspections. Their meetings, broadcast on cable television, attracted much public attention. The payback came in 2001 when their adversaries in city government, the Minneapolis mayor and several city council representatives, were defeated and replaced by more sympathetic persons. Landlordpolitics.com contains numerous documents and narratives related to the effort of opposing abusive city government in which McGaughey himself was deeply involved.

the sites appearing in English and other languages

Bill McGaughey’s websites are somewhat unusual in their outreach to persons who may not speak English. Using machine translators, he produced parallel sites in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian, with links between the different languages.

Politics: Goldparty.org presents a scheme for increased incentives to do political work The volunteers would be “paid”, so to speak, by receiving points for their work which would be converted into voting rights within political organizations. Thus, political work would be rewarded in much the same way that money rewards persons who do economic work. Equal voting is unfair if individuals are unequally involved in the political process. As it is, our politics tends, in the end, to be corrupted by money because the countervailing pressure is weak.

Universal history: McGaughey’s first website, worldhistorysite.com, was created when he published his book, “Five Epochs of Civilization”. This was also his first multilingual site. Basically, McGaughey’s “five epochs” scheme of history sees civilized society unfolding to acquire a progressively more pluralistic structure as government, religion, commerce and education, and entertainment become centers of activity and power. The fifth epoch contemplates that computers and computerized communication will develop their own power center. McGaughey’s book tells how each institution has developed in society over the past three or four thousand years.

Recently, Bill McGaughey has written another book, as yet unpublished, that extends history beyond human society to the creation of the universe. Its prospective title is “History of the Triple Existence”. Following David Christian’s lead, he begins the historical narrative with the Big Bang and carries it into the foreseeable future. As an organizing principle, he narratives this history in terms of a “triple existence” - matter, life, and thought - which has uniquely developed on planet earth. Thus we have the story of cosmic creation, of life developing on earth, and of humanity emerging from among life’s species to transform its environment.

Shorterworkweek.com expresses McGaughey’s political concern for the threat to employment in recent years. He believes that the steady progress in labor productivity has created a threat to job security for American and other workers. The present 5-day, 40-hour workweek was enacted into law in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, more than 75 years ago. Productivity has subsequently increased by several times. McGaughey argues that the law governing overtime needs now to be amended so that the standard workweek is 32 hours instead of 40. This website contains a variety of writings on that subject.

Identityindependence.com includes many articles on the subject of personal identity written from a white man’s perspective. Here we get into racial and gender politics as well as information about McGaughey’s ancestry and personal background. This site also includes chapters from a a prospective book, not yet published, titled “My American Identity”.

Finally, there is Bill McGaughey’s personal website, BillMcGaughey.com, which has tended to become McGaughey’s principal web site of late. Its separate sections summarize the author’s interests in several areas. There is a section titled “personal storyteller” that focuses upon McGaughey’s personal experiences and another, “teller of stories”, that pursues his interests and concerns a bit more broadly.

In the past year or so, Bill McGaughey has decided to project the message contained in his websites beyond those persons who speak English or the other group of European languages (French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian) to speakers of other widely spoken languages. They include (simplified) Chinese, Indonesian, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, and Russian.

With respect to the broader group of languages, they were first translated for web pages appearing in bighistorysite.com. Then McGaughey used a machine translator for more than 20 sites included in BillMcGaughey.com. Although these articles represent a small part of his total production, they constitute a well-balanced set of writings that should have general appeal.

If you are a reader in a non-English speaking region, please recognize that a special effort has been made to communicate with you. The earth’s population is narrowing to a common focus of culture and experience but there are linguistic obstacles to this process. This web site attempts to remove some of the obstacles by broadening the base of potential readership.

Let’s look at demographics for each of the three categories.

Category 1: Web sites in English only

English - 510 million speakers or 6.8% of world population

Category 2: Web sites in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian.

English - 510 million speakers, 6.8% of world population
French - 130 million speakers, 1.7% of world population
Spanish - 420 million speakers, 5.6% of world population
German - 229 million speakers, 3.1% of world population
Portuguese - 213 million speakers, 2.9% of world population
Italian - 61 million speakers, 0.8% of world population

total - 1,511 million speakers or 20.9% of world population

Category 3: Web sites in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, simplified Chinese, Indonesian, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, and Russian.

English - 510 million speakers, 6.8% of world population
French - 130 million speakers, 1.7% of world population
Spanish - 420 million speakers, 5.6% of world population
German - 229 million speakers, 3.1% of world population
Portuguese - 213 million speakers, 2.9% of world population
Italian - 61 million speakers, 0.8% of world population
Chinese - 1,051 million speakers, 14.0% of world population
Indonesian - 76 million speakers, 1.0% of world population
Turkish - 75 million speakers, 1.0% of world population
Polish - 46 million speakers, 0.6% of world population
Dutch - 28 million speakers, 0.4% of world population
Russian - 255 million speakers, 3.4% of world population

total - 3,042 million speakers or 41.3% of world population

According to these figures, 3 billion persons, or more than 40% of the world’s population, would have linguistic access to these web sites in the category with the broadest range. A little more than half that number and percentage would have access to the majority of web sites, and 6.8% to those appearing in the English language only. If you are one of those (non-English-speaking) persons unable to understand the sites in categories 1 and 2, this website will tell what the subjects are.

 

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