My nonfiction book, RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, presents the experiences of activists who have moved beyond protest into direct action, becoming criminals for peace by defying the government’s laws and impeding its capacity to kill. They’re helping soldiers to desert, destroying computer systems, trashing recruiting offices, burning military equipment, and sabotaging defense contractors. Noam Chomsky called it, “A book that captures such complexities and depths of human existence, even apart from the immediate message.” Chapters are available here below on the site and at http://media.trineday.com/radicalpeace.
WELLSPRINGS: A Fable of Consciousness is set in 2026 as the earth’s ecosystem has broken down under human abuse. Water supplies are shrinking. Rain is rare, and North America is gripped in the Great Drought with crops withering and forests dying. In the midst of environmental and social collapse, an old woman and a young man set out to heal nature and reactivate the cycle of flow. But the corporations that control the remaining water lash out to stop them. Chapters are available here below on site and at http://www.cosmicegg-books.com/books/wellsprings.
Most of my writing deals with understanding violence — the physical violence of war, the structural violence built into capitalism, and the mental violence of stressed human beings — to help us overcome it and bring peace. I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco, then joined the Special Forces to write a book about war. A WORLD OF HURT won a Rinehart Foundation Award for its portrayal of the psychological roots of war: the emotional blockage and need for patriarchal approval that attract men to the military. The book is now out of print, but it’s available through interlibrary loan, and if you write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll send it to you scanned — and free, such a deal!
Three other out-of-print books are now available free on the internet. RIP AND BURN is young-adult novel of a boy learning about the futility of violence and the need for peaceful communication: http://www.freebooks.com/christian/rip-burn/. TABOO: A Memoir and MEMOIRS OF FORBIDDEN LOVE are erotica aimed at subverting patriarchy (and having a few laughs along the way): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64082 and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64083.
My three years in the Green Berets really soured me on traditional masculinity. I’ve seen where it leads … up close. Since then, opposing it has become a focus of my activism and writing. I’ve tried to show how patriarchal machismo causes war and other social pathologies and how our culturally imposed gender roles are one of the factors that propel us to war. One attraction of combat is that it is a substitute for eroticism; it’s the ultimate sexual perversion. It also reduces our ability to love. Our society has degraded masculinity into aggressive competition and domination; it’s become a deadly toxin which has poisoned us all. Men have to confront and overcome this part of themselves before men and women together can heal it. My books and peace work are my ways of helping with this change.
I wrote the screenplay for SOCRATES, an educational film starring Ed Asner that was broadcast on PBS. I was a Fulbright professor of creative writing and American studies at universities in Germany. I’m a member of the Freedom Socialist Party, which is in the Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist tradition and follows a program of revolution rather than reform. We emphasize the importance of overcoming the racism, sexism, homophobia, but also the identity politics that currently divide the working class (http://www.socialism.com). I was made a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (http://www.tm.org) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and my wife, Daniela Rommel, and I direct the TM Center in her home town of Oldenburg, Germany.
LILA, THE REVOLUTIONARY:
WELLSPRINGS: A Fable of Consciousness:
Climate Change Requires Consciousness Change:
The Last Days of the Lilliputians:
German Jewish Community Begins Again:
The Realpolitik of Revolution:
Germany’s Balancing Act:
Stemming the Tides of Protest:
Ban Me Thuot: