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Biography of Vigdor Schreibman

Vigdor Schreibman is Editor and Publisher of the Federal Information News Syndicate (FINS), one of the first news organs published in electronic format over the Internet. He was accredited in 1993, and again in 1994 and 1995 as a correspondent by the Periodical Press Galleries of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

In 1996, without explanation, the Executive Committee of Correspondents denied Schreibman renewal of his membership in the Press Galleries. FINS then unsuccessfully attempted to overturn that decision, first through Congressional channels, the Speaker of the House and Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and later through the federal courts. The Executive Committee was charged with violating "freedom of the press," guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. However, the United States Courts arbitrarily refused to consider the grave constitutional issues presented by Schreibman. in order to protect the capitalist choke hold on access to Congressional news of "vital consequence to the public.".

In the one rare federal case involving the Periodical Press Gallery that squarely addressed such issues, US District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Gerhard Gesell (1910–1993), explained how this situation came about:

Under a broad, generalized congressional delegation, authority has been given certain newsmen to prevent other newsmen from having access to news of vital consequence to the public. As a result, a group of established periodical correspondents have undertaken to implement arbitrary and unnecessary regulations with a view to excluding from news sources representatives of publications whose ownership or ideas they consider objectionable. Responsible officials of the House and Senate have not forestalled such discrimination by promulgating clear eligibility requirements [citations omitted] nor apparently have they developed any other means of checking abuse of the Association’s delegated authority. Consumers Union of United States, Inc., v. Periodical Correspondents’ Association, 365 F.Supp. 18, 26 (D DC 1973), reversed on other grounds Consumers Union of United States, Inc., v. Periodical Correspondents’ Association, 515 F.2d 1341 (DC Cir. 1975), quoted, In the Supreme Court of the United States Schreibman v. Holmes, et al., No. 99-7779 Petition for writ of certiorari Filed January 12, and docketed January 13, 2000.

Further information about this controversy is available at Fins Information Age Library: Internet Press Gallery Project.

Schreibman is a journalist and constitutional scholar, who has his own independent world-view, committed irrevocably to sustaining and enhancing the democratic mission. He has no ties--financial, professional, or ideological--with any existing organization or interest group, public or private. This venture is completely self financed. The website was constructed as a public service upon invitation by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, which hosts the site without any charge.

Schreibman holds a Master's Degree in Legal Studies, with a specialty in Telecommunications Law (Antioch, 1985). He first gained extensive practical knowledge and experience in the law as a non-lawyer advocate, winning a number of precedent setting Federal court decisions. These were reported during the 1970s, recognizing Schreibman's "extraordinary legal ability" as a non-lawyer advocate. See In Re Victor Publishers, Inc. 545 F.2d 285, 286, n.* (1st Cir. 1976) (citing cases). The US Courts later repudiated this precedent in a series of decisions, which are described in, The Controversy Over Las Colinas Properties. That controversy began with an epic struggle between Schreibman and various financial institutions for control of prime ocean-front real estate holdings of Las Colinas Development Corporation. Schreibman owns the controlling stock interest (more than 90%) in that corporation. In those cases senior officials of the American Bar Association (ABA) served as counsel for the lenders, both to provide political influence within the US Court system to block the democratic principle of justice sustaining corporate self-representation, as well as to deprive the corporation of its valuable properties. As the cited document reveals in a carefully detailed constitutional analysis, the decisions of the US Courts in those cases were bereft of legitimacy.

In Jan 2003 Schreibman and Las Colinas Development Corporation were named as "essential parties" in a new lawsuit to resolve The Controversy Over Las Colinas Properties brought by two hundred families who are now residents of a part of the property against Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and a dozen other banks, mortgage lending companies, and construction companies involving Las Colinas Properties. Harold Santiago Martell, et al., v. Marina Las Gaviotas, et al, Civ. No. NSCI-2001-0378, Estado Libre Associado de Puerto Rico, Tribunal de Primera Instancia, Sala Superior de Fajardo. This latest lawsuit brings into view the Continuing Catastrophic Repercussions, of The Controversy Over Las Colinas Properties. According to Attorney Grace Monge-La Fosse, the Puerto Rican lawyer who represents the 200 plaintiff families, these continuing repercussions include: "the large history of irregularities, illegalities, violations of laws, regulations, null execution proceedings and authorization of public instruments that lack all efficacy."

Schreibman also contributed significantly during the 1970s and 1980s to new thinking in community development planning, and in the literature of law and society. This included an exploration of prototype community development structures, to advance the appropriate mix of economic and humanistic incentives, for building the City for Human Development - the "Anthropopolis" of C.A. Doxiadis (1975). His sociolegal research and published works, apply the knowledge of systems sciences to reconsideration of the formative character of America's most important sociolegal systems. V. SCHREIBMAN, ESSAYS ON THE IMPACT OF THE CONSTITUTION AND LEGAL SYSTEM ON AMERICAN LIFE AND GOVERNMENT (Amicas 1987-1990) CIP LC 87-6206 & 89-18362 ISBN 0-942539-14-1 (6-Volume Set).

Mr. Schreibman's project for the first decade of the 21st-Century, concerns the need to identify the self-imposed constraints of finance capitalism and species-based limitations, which have paralyzed participatory democracy, and to support removal of these constraints. It is anticipated, as a consequence, that the people may thus secure the triumph of democracy.

The need to transcend marketplace morality under the authority of universal ideals has been recognized in The Global Compact, endorsed by many world leaders in the public, private, and civic sectors under sponsorship of the United Nations. The Global Compact has identified 10-principles "to help build the social and environmental pilars required to sustain the new global economy and make gloabization work for all the worlds people." Translating that espoused goal into tangible forms has admittedly yet to be realized, however.

One cannot foreclose the possibility of world leaders motivated by "enlightened self-interest" making a significant improvment in world affairs, particularly, with United Nations management of The Global Compact ready to transcend the old mode of global relationships. Nevertheless, all of history teaches that elite leadership will most likely guarantee continuation of the appalling status quo. Indeed, new modes of communications and global trade have "opened new avenues to express infectious greed" which seems to have "gripped much of the business community" and "grown enormously," according to Congressional testimony of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (July 17, 2002).

Chris Argyris, professor of education and organizational behavior at Harvard University has observed after decades of research that people often find themselves unable to produce transformative action, "even if they espouse it, wish to learn it, and practice it." The basic assumption in transformative learning is that, "people require others to help them discover, invent, and especially produce new actions." Chris Argyris, Reasoning, Learning, and Action, pp. 23, 101, 182-183 (1982).

The Global Compact espouses 10-principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption that enjoy universal consensus. Speaking the language of human transformation, the formidable challenge is one of translating espoused universal principles into a viable set of values-in-use guiding human actions. This challenge concerns the Setting for decisions in the Information-age that can most likely lead toward peaceful transformation of the development character of human civilization from capitalist decadence to democratic sustainability.

What must be discovered is the strategy that can most likely lead from a civilization dominated by the infectious greed of one narrow sector, finance capitalism, toward a civilization founded upon the principles of democratic sustainability. In such a civilization it is not the wealthy few who possess strategic instrumental powers but citizens-at-large -- the source of all power in a democracy -- who must take the central role in governance under an inclusive vision of capital that is called OmniCapital.

The elementary cellular structure of any transformation from capitalism to OmniCapital that can empower citizens obviously must start with citizens, one group at a time, where the governing values in a democracy can guide transformation. Americans are ready for this challenge. The crucial source code for this transformation is the long sought, and now available Technique of Democracy.