Andy Douglas

Andy Douglas is a writer, musician and activist who lives in the heartland of the United States. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. His books include "The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga" and "Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir." He is currently working on a book about finding balance amidst crisis. He has been a student of Prout since meeting its founder, P. R. Sarkar, in 1984.

Toward a Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice Part 3 of 3

A NEW APPROACH How to begin to move toward a different philosophy? And what policies might a Proutist approach to criminal justice embrace? Other countries have strikingly different approaches than the U.S. when it comes to the treatment of prisoners and success in rehabilitation. Germany and the Netherlands, for example, have significantly lower incarceration rates, …

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Toward Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice Part 2 of 3

PART II HISTORY Punishment has taken many forms throughout human history. Binding to a stake, ritual cursing, stoning, barred social interaction—that’s what pre-Common Era justice looked like in some parts of the world. Old Testament justice, epitomized by the idea of ‘an eye for an eye’, was designed to maintain tribal unity, a step in …

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Toward a Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice Part 1 of 3

As Patrick, a former inmate states, “It started with the shaving of my facial hair and continued with the jumpsuit I was issued. I looked just like every other inmate. Even after I reached general population, the theme continued. All shoes were white. All pants are blue jeans. All shirts are blue and short-sleeved. My …

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Protest against the military coup

A political refugee from Myanmar speaks out

The aftermath of the Myanmar coup On Oct. 18 the military junta of Myanmar, the southeast Asian country nestled between Thailand, India and Bangladesh, said it would free more than 5,600 people jailed for anti-regime activity, perhaps in response to its military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, being excluded from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian …

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On Patent Waivers

U.S. President Joe Biden has signalled his support for the suspension of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines, predictably angering pharmaceutical companies, which have seen rising profits during the crisis. Reuters reports that the industry’s biggest lobby group warned that Biden’s step would undermine the companies’ response to the pandemic and compromise safety. However, a report …

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