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Living the Creative Life


What does it take to make a person creative?  Endless experimentation, trying new things, and varying the way one absorbs knowledge.  Aim for the top, and you might not get there, but you will at least get near to the top.  In the words of Carlos Castaneda, choose a path with a heart and follow it.  Early on, I chose the path of truth.  Math and science were logical extensions of that path.  I did not understand some things, but I would note them in my mind and sooner or later an explanation would emerge.  When some would call it black and others call it white, I looked for the underlying truth, the gray area where both were partially true in certain ways, where one fit better in certain circumstances and the other fit better in other circumstances.  Ambiguity was not to be tolerated; exploration would clear up the ambiguity eventually.  How the world worked was an endless process of discovery.  Each of the major areas of life was meant to be mastered eventually, leave no stone unturned.  I had no sense of self worth until I got a 100 in an arithmetic exam in the 3rd grade.  Later I tied for highest in the state on a Mathematics Association of America exam in high school.  So I asked for the toughest four year program at the University of Wisconsin, Electrical Engineering, and made four honor societies graduating from the 3rd ranked such program in the nation.  Following a fiancé to Oregon, I fell out of love for her and into love of that state.  Out of work, I got an MBA at Oregon State University because of low tuition and a required Econometrics course.  After a year in LifeSpring trainings I decided on a career leading to the US presidency.  Five years later, I discovered the bar chart that began Peace Economics.  I wrote Peace Economics in 1986, three years after the bar chart discovery, developing the next theory of macroeconomics in the process, with a .999 correlation of a simple sixty year model of US economics.  So I changed my goals to science and by May 1991 I had published the theory of the global warming and cooling cycle.  The world has still not beaten a path to my door, so now I’ve been marketing ever since.  I earned a doctorate in 2009, and got a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in early 2016, and wrote two Encyclopedia of War entries in October 2016.


It began with my mother reading to me at bedtime.  Then it went into Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, and American Bricks, and of course Building Blocks.  Then my uncle said he might become an engineer.  Then I beat my older brother and cousin at checkers, even though grandpa, a law school valedictorian and politician had taught them the game. Then there was the wonderful Time Life Mathematics book, and World Book Encyclopedias. The four of us kids would play board games together, like Monopoly and Careers.  We would play baseball and football out in the street with neighbor kids, and build fox and goose trails in the snow in winter.  In summer we would explore the local parks and arboretum, and sometimes bike five miles out in the country to catch frogs in the back of the state fish hatchery property.  Toads were found in the arboretum near the Wingra Park lagoon.  Estes rockets would sometimes parachute into the top of a tree.  In kindergarten I loved art, and in the third grade developed a lifelong love of arithmetic and mathematics.


Then my love of games took a leap upward with the discovery of Avalon Hill wargames at age 11.  At first I played my older brother at these games, never letting him win, and then I discovered the opponents wanted ads in the Avalon Hill General and soon played many people older than me, never losing.  For ten years I averaged 15 hours a week in wargames in the high school college age years.  I developed a specialty in World War II history by age 16, stunning my high school American history teacher in the final exam on exactly that topic. Then I won the art, science and mathematics awards in my class of 210 in my college prep Catholic high school.  I developed the philosophy of doing my homework and getting good grades, but stretching my mind with new things outside of the schoolwork in the rest of my life.

Young Adult

I had been mistaken for a priest, a lawyer, and a political science major in my twenties.  A dutiful Catholic, I went to church every Sunday until age 23, and then tried four other religions, Baha’i at age 25, Religious Science founded by Ernest Holmes who wrote the book “The Science of the Mind” about metaphysics in the late twenties, Nichiren Shushu Buddhism, the top religion of Japan, at 32 for two years of morning and evening chanting.  Then at age 36 I settled on Unitarianism.  I studied the “Teachings of Jesus” for four years of Sunday afternoon studies at the Quakers around age 50.  I ended up agreeing with Marcus Borg of the Jesus Seminar scholars that Jesus primarily opposed the domination systems of the rich and the Pharisees.  Elitism alienates those in power from the rest of us in a way that ends up self limiting them.  My twenties were very experimental years of consciousness raising.  Listening Exercises at 21, Social Liturgy Wednesdays at the Newman Center at age 23, Experimental College courses taken or taught at age 25, YMCA Singles Association age 27-29 becoming a certified group leader and elected president, 400 hours of LifeSpring trainings at age 28, and then a leap into politics at age 29 to 43 in Eugene Oregon.


My politics began with 400 meetings of events in the Community Calendar and Political Calendar at age 29, where I learned a little bit about everything in that world, from the Citizens Party and Libertarians to the Jailers Convention.  I attended all four political weekly discussion groups, Demo Forum, Labor Forum, Rubicon Society, and Republican Roundtable. I got involved in local government, state legislatures, and county, congressional, and state levels of the Democratic Party of Oregon.  I was elected or appointed delegate or chairman or executive committee at many levels of the party, including writing the National Delegate Selection plan for the state and later being elected National Convention Delegate under that plan.  I was on the Electoral College slate in 1984, and invited to the Clinton Inauguration in 1993.


Social scientists and academics are a very skeptical crowd.  Peace Economics was very popular until the end of the Cold War.  Not knowing academics before my dissertation in 2009, I made a lot of mistakes and missed a lot of opportunities to accredit my work.  Doing work an order of magnitude beyond the Economists and Global Warming scientists does not sit well with the powers that be.  My in depth interdisciplinary background in nine fields essential to the development of Peace Economics left me without a peer group primed and ready to understand me.  There was so much the academic community needed to learn to catch up with me, yet I didn’t have time for several dissertations in the arcane details of several fields trapped in silo thinking.  Just as five religions helped me triangulate better to the see the real truths, so did the nine fields of math, wargaming, science, engineering, accounting, business, politics, peace economics, and global warming.  Looking at things from the overall picture is just not the same as looking as things from the bottom up.  Triangulating from a variety of fields is not the same as mastering the arcane details of any one field.  Both economics and climate change theory have huge blind spots.


Throughout this time I was guided by honesty, dislike of bullies, and the search to understand everything about how the world works.  Building a scientific model of the world was my North Star.  Endless experimentation and experiencing were my methods.  Along the way I learned to identify key facts, to take one good new understanding from every new experience, meeting, or lecture.  This gave me excellent long term memory sometimes at the sacrifice of short term memory.  It also explains how I’m better at math, science, and vocabulary, than at reading comprehension.  Thus I’m good at abstract thinking and especially good at summarizing.

Links to Resume and peer reviewed Technical Peace Economics respectively:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute,                         Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017,                                       Contact Info

Hottest Downloads All Time

Particularly since my SAGE Encyclopedia of War Entries came out in October 2016, my international downloads from my website have tripled.  Here are the hottest papers, mainly since then and since my Nobel Peace Prize nomination in early 2016.  USA interest has stayed about the same, but international interest has exploded.  These are listed by title first, then downloads, then views, then percentage of downloads per view.  Ranked by downloads, some long standing articles have as many downloads as the end of the list, but rank low on percentage so are not included.  These eight are the hotties that you may have missed and want to take a second look at.  They cover a good cross section of my most important work.


Military Economy, Direct 11, 15 pages, 54/65=83%

Here are the realities of the military economy, simply by studying the historical data looking for the obvious patterns, with a huge boost from Ruth Sivard’s bar charts.  Economists have talked themselves out of the scientific method as a physicist or engineer would understand it.  They are unfortunately convinced that a scientific analysis of the historical data can never lead to a science of economics.  Their belief system has stopped them from making the progress I easily made as an engineer.



Releasing this last October 2016 lead to a tripling of the rate of international downloads the last six months, as the combination of peer review and the Nobel Peace Prize nomination boosted my international credibility.  I am holding back some of my best work for release in a comprehensive book, as piecemeal release only benefits certain specialized publications and not the general understanding.


High Interest Releases, 12 pages, 23/36=64%

Readers have scoured the older releases for a few good gems.  Here they are, a motley lot, but with very interesting implications for understanding our world and my discoveries better.  I especially like the one on how civilizations evolve with temperature changes.


History Presidents Military Economy, 3 pages, 21/34=62%

I received multiple requests for an article on this subject, but I have refrained to accumulate more interest in a book.  Nevertheless, this is a good beginning on why one advisor has recommended that I concentrate on publishing with the economic historians.  The Great Depression and World War II are especially significant.


Framework for Academic Class, 6 pages, 20/60=33%

This outlines the basics of a class taught around this material, including subjects for about 30 class periods, my own multidisciplinary background that made this all possible, and a summary of the 13 key high correlations that define the general subject matter.


Militarism Control Empire Social Decay, 6 pages, 18/50=36%

This is where I begin the discussion of the social decay of empire, linking the multiple lines of fracture of the society with the whole process of depleting the economic engine of the society as the first domino in a series of important dominoes that fall together.


SAGE Military Keynesianism, 5 pages, 10/27=37%

This second SAGE encyclopedia of war entry has been recommended by an oil country former finance minister with one million views on his website.  Explains the main flaw in Keynes’ theory, the assumption that non-productive work still can stimulate the economy.


Wars, Coldest Year, 2 pages, 8/21=38%

Looking over several of the earth cycle press releases, this one has stood out as a very interesting finding that major wars tend to break out at the end of two or three year cooling spells.  Of course, this also happens after the 27 years of plenty have creating a new world order, and, as that prosperity begins to fade tensions are at a peak.

Still, I personally recommend these 9 pages for better understanding about the global warming cycle:


Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Wargaming With Gary Gygax

I learned a lot from Gary Gygax, creator of the “Dungeon and Dragons” game.  From 1964 to 1974 I had a close association with Gary Gygax as we were two of the leading wargamers in the International Federation of Wargaming.  When I look back over six decades of life, probably my most profound mentor of all, Gary Gygax, was named the number one Geek in America in 2002 by Sync magazine.  Here are some of the articles I’ve written about wargaming, defense strategy, and Gary Gygax:

Wargames, Defense Strategy 4-5-14

Lessons learned from war games and various games were many and varied, an important asset to my early education.  Principals from that experience later show up in the peace economics path to discover a better way of understanding Keynesian theory and national defense.  Short term thinking and lack of cycle theory understanding have long hampered the effort to re-educate economists and policy makers.  Few understand the exclusive nature of the choice between military power and economic growth.

From Wargamer to Dr. Peace 5-30-14

This encompasses the long journey from war gamer and military history reader to peace economist and peace activist to eventually getting my doctorate.  I almost got my doctorate twenty years earlier but found out the economists just weren’t capable of understanding and appreciating my achievements as an electrical engineer and accountant with a political and war gaming background.  The conviction is widespread that economics will always be a social science, never a real science.

Low Level Military Defense 12-5-15

This is my key press release on the topic of the national strategies to follow to keep a nation defended best by keeping the nation economically strong and prosperous.  Military strength, if excessive, leads to long term economic national decline along with political capture and social decay.  This lead to the titled of my second book, in 1989, “Strength Through Peace.”

Meeting Geek Number One   3-18-17

This is the story of the interactions with and shared purposes of Reuschlein and Gygax as members of the International Federation of Wargaming 1966 to 1974, and as players and followers of the Avalon Hill war games line.

Emergence of the Role Playing Games Industry in the US 5-25-17

This is the abstract approved for my presentation yet to come at the Economic and Business History Society in Oklahoma City May 25, 2017.  Gary fell into some common business traps that our good lessons for all of us.  Don’t be undercapitalized, don’t give away majority control of your business, and bring in only trusted partners that share your love and devotion to the game.

Gary Con IX  3- 23-17

This section includes several magazine references that came up when I searched google for both names together, Reuschlein Gygax.  In my wargaming period, 1964 to 1974, Gygax was constantly in the magazines with new articles and eventually the Geneva Convention he started.  I followed suit in some ways, not nearly matching the prolific devotion of this young family man, twelve years my senior, as I was in high school and college at the time.  I fondly remember many visits to his house, 90 miles away, 330 Center Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  I shared his interests in game invention, publication, and events coordination.

Link to the full text of these articles and press releases:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Meeting Geek Number One

When I look back over six decades of life, probably my most profound mentor of all, Gary Gygax, became the number one Geek in America in 2002.  From 1964 to 1974 I had a close association with Gary Gygax when we both were two of the leading wargamers in America.

Beginning With Avalon Hill

In the beginning there was the Avalon Hill Company of Baltimore, who gave us games that took us to the next level up in complexity from chess.  In 1958 Gary Gygax started with their game Gettysburg, and in 1961 Bob Reuschlein started with Chancellorsville.  Both were games of the Civil War, the conflict of America’s greatest president.  When I got tired of playing just my older brother and he got tired of losing to me, along came the Avalon Hill General magazine in 1964.  Those first issues of that great Christmas present allowed me to advertise for and find opponents wanted in Madison Wisconsin.  There was one article writer that stood out from the crowd with a barrage of articles in those magazines, and that was Gary Gygax, who I soon found out was also from Wisconsin.  Reuschlein was not nearly as active as Gygax in those magazines, but he won three of their contests, wrote about three articles there and one popular one called “Simultaneous Movement” for Strategy and Tactics magazine.  Bob was constantly in the opponents wanted column and wrote several letters to the editor.  These activities became the outside activities that helped him win the Math and Science Award in his Catholic college prep high school, Edgewood of Madison.

Finding Community

Wargaming helped him break out of his shell as a quiet shy young man.  He learned to play games like Diplomacy with others from the Madison area that responded to his opponents wanted ads.  A gamers group in Madison developed not unlike Gary’s Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Group.  When Gary Gygax founded the International Federation of Wargaming in 1966, many of those in Madison were ready to join when asked.  That club became the largest one in America during the Vietnam War years.  With two self starters like Gary and Bob in the same state, Wisconsin became one of eight Senate districts and Bob was elected unanimously in that district.  Furthermore, Reuschlein was asked to fill the special office of Coordinator of Wargaming, becoming the Ratings chair.  Gary challenged Bob to a play by mail game of Battle of the Bulge, Walter Cronkite’s favorite game.  Gary loved offense and took the Germans, Bob loved defense and took the Americans.  After a long hard fought game, a massive Reuschlein counterattack got lucky and ended the game as Gary resigned.  Impressed by this game between Gary age 28 and Reuschlein age16, next year Gary invited Reuschlein over one Saturday to play Waterloo with a friend from Chicago.  Gary thoughtfully watched and circled the table in his living room as this time the patented Reuschlein counterattack ran into consistent worst possible luck, became depleted, and ended in a loss.  This would be Reuschlein’s only loss in 20 official games played in the International Federation of Wargaming from 1966 to 1974.  Using a chess like scoring system, starting at 1500 points, Reuschlein became the highest rated player in the IFW with about 1905 points to the second highest score of 1720.

Wargaming Conventions

After a convention in Pennsylvania went bankrupt in 1967, the first successful wargaming convention was launched by Gary Gygax in Lake Geneva in August 1968 with one hundred people in attendance, including, of course, both Gary Gygax and Robert Reuschlein.  With Avalon Hill Boardgames, tabletop miniatures, and Diplomacy being played all over the Horticultural Center, all had a good time in the one day long Saturday meeting ending at dinner time.  The next year Reuschlein tried to emulate this success with his own Madison wargaming convention in June 1969.  Attendance that first year in the Madison Community Center on Doty Street, one block over from the downtown state capital building, was Gary Gygax among the 24 that gathered that day.  Three years later attendance at the Madison Wargaming Convention peaked at 98.  Reuschlein graduated from college that June in 1972, and the convention collapsed to 23 again under new leadership in 1973, never to be heard from again.  That first convention was covered by Gary Bender of the local ABC affiliate, who later became a fixture on ABC Sports for the national broadcasters.

Moving On

When Robert Reuschlein left Wisconsin for nineteen years in the State of Oregon from June 1974 to May 1993, he also left wargaming behind.  Gary Gygax agreed to sell Reuschlein’s remaining games at Gen Con in 1974.  After spending about 15 hours a week playing wargames from 1964 to 1974, Reuschlein worked about three years full time equivalent at wargaming those ten years.  Gary probably doubled that workload.  Gen Con with now about 300 in attendance finally offered a tournament in Avalon Hill Wargames in 1973, where Reuschlein defeated the editor of the Avalon Hill General, based in Baltimore, to win that first three game single elimination tournament.  That was using the game Waterloo and the next year, 1974, Reuschlein came back to Wisconsin to play in his final wargaming tournament at Gen Con, winning the first two games of Afrika Korps, settling for co-champion when time did not allow the championship game to be played.  Gary was moving on as well, as Bob played a prototype game of Dungeons and Dragons on Gary’s porch.  That last convention featured Gary Gygax in a sand box with wizards and the like playing something the rest of the wargamers thought was a little bit crazy.  Crazy like a fox, that was the first year of Dungeons and Dragons game sales.  Just a thousand games that first year, 1974, soon to be millions of games by 1978 sold each year.  1974 was the last year Bob Reuschlein saw his friend Gary Gygax.


Had Bob known Gary Gygax needed one thousand dollars to launch his new project, Bob had the money then, and life could have been so different for both of them.  Gary needed a friend and gamer to invest with him, not a stranger.  But then Bob would not have invented Peace Economics in 1986 and the Global Warming theory in 1991, both born out of his political career in Oregon.  Interestingly enough, both Gary and Bob started their great inventions at age 35, twelve years apart just as the age difference in that first play by mail game.  Gary Gygax’s idea for a role playing game with levels has sparked a new industry and made him millions of dollars with millions of fans.  Bob Reuschlein’s ideas have yet to be monetized and mass produced:  many a spark has been lit, yet many do not appreciate the very real importance of his inventions.  Reuschlein has finally turned to credentialism, earning a doctorate late in life in 2009 and starting a blogging campaign in 2013 reminiscent of the many articles Gary Gygax wrote for magazines for many years before the money started rolling in.  Just as Gary Gygax’s ideas seemed a little goofy to the traditional wargamer, Reuschlein’s ideas seem goofy to the Peace and Justice academic crowd.  Gary Gygax turned the corner by moving into fantasy, perhaps Reuschlein will turn the corner by moving into the fast paced financial investment arena, rather than the slow paced academic arena.  Peace academics are into social movements, not business opportunities.  Politics is a black hole that swallows all but a few.  Honesty is dangerous in both politics and academics, yet essential in good science.  But to “one’s own self be true and to no one else canst thou be false.”  Ageism also confronts Bob, as does the idea that economics can never be a science.  Global warming scientists are similarly slow to comprehend the meaning of real accuracy.

Principal link showing qualification for Nobel Peace Prize:

Professor Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute,

Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017,

Contact Info

Military Economy-Corollary 8

Military spending not only hurts economic growth as the last press release found, but many interesting corollaries spring from that central finding.

The 8 Indirect Military Economics Corollaries and dates:

Nobel Economics Prize Perversion 12-29-16

Low Level Military Defense 12-5-15

Creating Economic Model, 28 Steps 2-14-15

Military Money and Power 8-10-14

Military States Political Dominance 4-26-14

Banking and the Military 1-2-14

What Does Healthcare Have to Do with Empire? 12-13-13

Why Were Murder and Crime Cut in Half in the Nineties? 12-5-13


Nobel Economics Prize Perversion 12-29-16

This shows how economists do not even believe it’s possible to develop a science of economics.  I believe that’s because they are not engineers, hence ill equipped to handle the math and modeling needed to discover the physics like nature of the deadweight military spending role in the economy.

Low Level Military Defense 12-5-15

This concept shows that all is not lost recognizing that military spending slows down the economic growth rate so much that other nations will catch up and ultimately pass the hegemonic power.  A low level of military defense will ensure a competitive nation for decades to come.  The added benefit of letting the civilian economy lead the way is that the smaller fixed percentage of military economy forces will grow much faster in the low military economy, keeping forces modern and well paid.

Creating Economic Model, 28 Steps 2-14-15

The twenty-eight steps used to develop the economic model over a sixty year period of the American economy show the tools of an engineer and the agility of a model builder, war-game designer, and accountant.  The scope of a politician, scientist, and historian also draws in many useful ways of looking at the world.  Many interdisciplinary worlds were necessary to solve this puzzle.

Military Money and Power 8-10-14

Like the equal and opposite reaction of the physical world, military spending both confers power and draws power to it as an easily allocable part of the national budget.  It is the main glue of national politics in a hegemonic power.

Military States Political Dominance 4-26-14

The reason all US presidents elected during the Cold War came from high military spending states reflects the unique role of military spending in making those who rule over it “more presidential”. The one third higher white collar, blue collar, and engineering salaries in military industries and the communities they inhabit offer unique talent and money pools to maintain those communities hold on the federal wealth.

Banking and the Military 1-2-14

We’ve come a long way from the “Iron Triangle” days of Gordon Adams in 1981.  Even then the banks and military industries had 15% overlapping directorates.  But with financial sector profits ballooning from 0.4% of the economy to 3.5% of the economy in forty years, the marriage of the non productive military and financial industries have lead to unprecedented exploitation of the rest of us.

What Does Healthcare Have to Do with Empire? 12-13-13

Thanks to the “Spirit Level” book of Richard Wilkinson and Kate Puckett in 2010, I can now show that empire (military spending) is more important that even income inequality in leading to the social demise of a nation.  From social mobility to crime to many health care statistics, the empire society develops rampant social decay.

Why Were Murder and Crime Cut in Half in the Nineties? 12-5-13

The sharp drop in crime rates in America after the Cold War ended are a direct result of lowered military spending.  This finding of my seventies, eighties, and nineties research findings explains a phenomena that otherwise cannot be explained by the criminologists.

Link for full text of these 8 releases:

Dr. Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Military Economy-Direct 11

Preparing for another book chapter, I combine these 11 Direct Military Economics press releases:

Nature of Military Spending 7-2-16

This is a well laid out evaluation of how military spending really functions in our economy, together with rebuttals of the pro-military interpretations.  This is the most thoughtful and clearly spelled out piece.

History Military Economy 4-9-16

This covers one hundred years of the US military economy, beginning with WILSON and World War I, ending with Obama, 1910-2009. This consistently shows how the military drags down the economy, not adds to the economy.

Not Economic Conversion 7-3-15

The path out of military spending is not conversion but replacement by letting the military factories slow down and disappear while the resources build up manufacturing elsewhere in the same state or country.  You don’t have to beat a dead horse, just let the economy adjust naturally.

War and Occupy Economics 5-8-15

Occupied countries operate at 40% lower than potential, and busts come after every war.

Regional Military Economy 2-1-15

The false positive of military spending propping up communities ignores the boomerang of lost manufacturing that goes with the military buildups.  Overall economics is never better with the military unless there are massive deficits involved.  Deficit economic booms are falsely claimed by military as evidence of economic growth coming from military spending.

The Worthlessness of War 1-23-15

Takes a hard look at the rosy colored glasses of the militarists theories.  Great civilian achievements often come first, then the military takes credit from those inventions.

Next Generation Economics 12-30-13

The new world of economics begins with Peace Economics with tons of common sense spin-offs from the basic finding of lost capital investment wasted on the military.

Military Dis-Economics 11-3-14

Here are the thirteen defining correlations, eight of them .99 or better.  Then you can understand how military spending brings down empires from within.

Proof of Peace Economics 7-12-14

The ultimate proof is the sixty year model of the US economy with a correlation of .999.  Accuracy makes physics-like hard science out of the spineless jellyfish of the social sciences.

Real Peace Economics or Not 6-7-14

Imitators using the term Peace Economics are opportunists stealing the title of my 1986 book and using it as just another large economic number, not the lost opportunity cost that really makes the military spending significant.

Roosevelt, Depression and War 5-16-14

This destroys the myth of the World War pulling US out of the Great Depression.  When you see the real numbers, it takes a while, but nothing else makes as much sense as the new understanding.

Link for full text of these 11 releases:

Dr. Robert Reuschlein, Dr. Peace, Real Economy Institute, Nominated and vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017, Contact Info

Biography for Nobel Prize


It’s that time of year before the February 1st deadline (midnight Norway time is 5pm Chicago time) for nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Here are 19 press releases that tell the biographical tale of the long evolution of the stunningly precise Peace Economics theory.  The interdisciplinary breadth of my background was all necessary to create this theory.  Any missing components of my Nine Areas of Mastery and this development would not have been possible.  Art and Religion add flavor to the Nine but are not crucial.  That also makes it nearly impossible to find a peer group to judge my work adequately.  I turn to the Norwegian Nobel Committee for judgment of extraordinary work.  To nominate:

Nine Masteries

MATH was my first great North Star to follow and lead to all the rest.  Precision and imagination were crucial to using this powerful tool.  I developed three mathematical methodologies before I was taught them in the schools, so I learned how to take discovery to the next logical step.

WARGAMING I loved board games as a child and war games had enough challenge and realism to meet my needs.  Gary Gygax, the inventor of “Dungeons and Dragons” with a biography entitled “Empire of Imagination” became a mentor of imagination to follow and gave me the background to understand the strategic military side of military spending.

SCIENCE Physics provided a parallel universe with accurate pursuit of the scientific method.

ENGINEERING gave me the excellence to apply Math and Physics in the pursuit of working mechanisms.

ACCOUNTING gave me a system to evaluate and organize numbers and the determination to come to an honest result when all else fails.

BUSINESS taught me many tools to organize people to achieve a specific practical purpose.

POLITICS gave me a breadth of vision in the social sciences and the world of people to fill in the holes left over from deep pursuit of the more narrow areas cited above.

PEACE ECONOMICS took six months to produce the long term United States economic model and the first book that brought it all together.

NATURAL GLOBAL WARMING took me three years to comprehend the linkages of the three 54 year cycles of temperature, economics, and wars.  Then another twenty years to find that the 55 year moving average produced three straight lines in the 160 year global temperature record.

The Journey

The following nineteen topics represent the biographical section of my press releases, detailing all the above.  Complete copies of each release are in the link provided here and at the end.

Special Award 9-2-16

This Chicago suburban peace group awards a $1000 top prize for an annual essay contest.  They gave me a special recognition award and five minute speech.  I brought the house down.

Denmark Hamlet 8-20-16

This meeting of the Engineers for Peace held in Denmark had some interesting events.

CIA Live History 4-16-16

This is meant to take things out of the conspiracy theory label into the life experience I’ve had with the CIA and peace groups.

Learn in Japan 9-5-15

This trip to Hiroshima to be featured speaker at a conference there was a wonderful experience

Nader Yale Data 5-24-15

Meeting Ralph Nader in person at his conference and later going to a Yale Law conference and back home to UW Madison Big Data group in the Discovery Center there were all amazing.

Reputation 8-24-14

This contrasts the high reputation I had in Eugene Oregon with the struggles for recognition in my home town of Madison Wisconsin.  West Coast versus Midwest.

Global Citizen 6-28-14

My application for Global Citizen came up short, but was encouraged to try again next year.

How I Did It 6-21-14

This is the tale of how I pieced together some lesser known work into one spectacular theory.

Wargamer to Dr Peace 5-25-14

This is about the evolution from wargamer to peace activist in the seventies and beyond.

Nashville 5-24-15

Many would expect conservative part of the country business professors to be hostile to the Peace Economics message, but Empire Economics won a Presentation Excellence Award thanks to their vote.

Politician 5-14-14

This is where I learned my social science, on the streets and coffee shops of Eugene, Oregon.  I left the state on a first name basis with every statewide office holder of either party.  I passed redistricting and venture capital changes in Salem Oregon, and wrote the state application for Delegate Selection to the Democratic National Convention of 1984.

Doctorate 5-9-14

This took a second try twenty years later to finally get my doctorate.  Finally my work would be taken seriously.

Wargames 4-5-14

This introduced me to Gary Gygax in wargaming from 1964 to 1974.  Gygax later created the “Dungeons and Dragons” role playing craze beginning in 1974. Gary taught me imagination.

PE First Course 3-18-14

This took advantage of the Innovative Education program at the University of Oregon in 1987.  Peace Economics was taught for three straight years going from 2 credits to 3 credits to graduate level credit.

PE First Book 3-14-14

I self published and copyrighted “Peace Economics” in 1986, and it became an overnight sensation in Eugene Oregon.

How PE Starts 3-8-14

This all started with a brochure at a Fellowship of Reconciliation meeting in the famous Dorothy Patch house in Salem Oregon in March 1983.  I was in the second of three Oregon Legislative Sessions at the time.

Grandpa Markham 3-1-14

This shows the roots I came from, with my middle name from my Horicon Marsh grandpa, lawyer, politician, and poet.

Numbers Words 1-30-14

This is the struggle of my life, from math wizard to eventually scientist and written author.

Dr Robert Reuschlein 10-10-13

This was the puffery of my introduction to the ExpertClick world.

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Peace Research Scientist


It’s that time of year before the February 1st deadline for nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Last year I received at least two known nominations and that was enough to trigger a full review of my press releases and active consideration by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.  One member, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, did the in depth checking out of my candidacy after I had sent in my most recent video.  This year I’m looking for volume of nominations, all social science professors and members of national assemblies are eligible to make that nomination and may submit nominations to be kept confidential for fifty years, or send me a copy to be kept confidential or free to share as you see fit.  The purpose of this release is to encourage such nominations, and be given some reasons to nominate me.  To nominate by simple email see  Thank you in advance.

Accomplishments 2016

My foremost accomplishment of the year was of course the nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize January 24 and February 1.  On August 24th I was awarded a “Special Recognition Award” by the West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition of the Chicago area.  My academic career took off with two entries in the “SAGE Encyclopedia of War, Social Science Edition” by Paul Joseph.  Since that October release, my usual 10% downloads per visitor on went up to 70% for the “Political Economy of War” entry and 30% for the “Military Keynesianism” entry.  My usual 25% foreign and 75% United States viewings on Academia went up to 62% foreign and 38% United States and has stayed at that new high level of international interest and recognition.  Just a couple months ago I upgraded my reports on Academia and found out that I’ve been in their top 1% on a twelve month basis.  Thanks to a Certification of my “Military Keynesianism” article by an Economic Professor and former Finance Minister of Nigeria with a million views on his website, I am now ranked as an author on Academia.  The upward spiral is beginning to go exponential.  On January 14th I presented the paper “Goal of the Terrorists:  Raise the Cost to Society” explaining how economically and socially corrupting high military spending is to a society.

Lifetime Accomplishments for Nobel Peace Prize

1)         The greatest “reduction of armies” (from Nobel’s Will) ever should occur when my work on military spending and the economy becomes the new standard for economics.  This is just a matter of time.  Every test I can think of shows extremely high statistical correlations proving military spending is lost capital investment or lost manufacturing productivity growth or essentially deadweight on the economy with no growth potential.  Put another way, the stimulative value of military spending in the economy is best modeled as zero.  In my sixty year model of United States manufacturing productivity that modeling produces an essentially perfect fit of R=.999.  This also explains how the regional positive correlation with military spending shows it to borrow growth from productive regions during military buildups and return growth to productive regions when there is reduced military spending.  Borrowing and lending economic growth among the regions is not economic growth, it is redistribution of growth.  Put another way, manufacturing shrinks during military buildups and expands during military reductions.  Details:

2)         The first point leads to the second point, that the best long term way for a nation or alliance to defend is to keep military spending low, relying on economic growth to improve defense capability steadily over time.  Leading with economic growth rather than military spending is much stronger in the long run.  One of the keynote speakers at the Telos conference on “Asymmetric Warfare” in New York, Steve Metz, makes exactly that point that the military needs to use commercial products that have outpaced the pentagon, in the future.  Before going to a perpetual high level of military spending after World War II, America used to let the civilian technology go first.   America civilians pioneered in airplanes and automobile mass production preceding the tanks and planes of the World War.  That is the winning way of the founding figures like George Washington.  That peacetime low military first way won wars consistently from 1776 to 1945.  Since then, American wars have all been problematic.  Details:

3)         The first point leads to the domestic consequences third point.  My finding that G7 countries had crime and murder rates proportional to their military spending rate is the keystone of declining empire theory.  Yoko Ono had pointed out on the anniversary that 1.2 million people have been murdered in America since John Lennon was murdered December 8, 1980.  Imagine if the military spending rate had been cut in half that whole time, and 600,000 murders had been avoided.  Oh wait, that actually happened after the Cold War ended, and murder rates were and have been cut in half since then.  And the criminologists don’t have a clue why.  That is more than the souls lost in Columbia in that multi-decade long conflict recently arriving at peace, thanks to the Nobel Prize winner from that country last year.  That alone is an excellent reason to award the Peace Prize based on this research.  Details:

4)         The fourth point on global warming is a direct spin-off from the American sixty year model of the economy based on manufacturing productivity.  The 54 year cycle is a direct result of the unequal evaporation rates over ocean compared to land.  The three years of research from 1988 to 1991 lead to a combined theory of climate change, economic change, and periodic wars.  Later Hurricane Sandy hitting New York in October 2012 lead to my trying the 55 year moving average on the then 160 year global warming record.  Low and behold, that resulted in exact fits in the 1910 to 1973 one degree Fahrenheit per century period, and the post 1973 two degrees Fahrenheit per century period we are now in.  Projection suggests the next upward increase will be when the 2025 cycle begins the process of land heating up first before ocean regulates the land second in the 54 year cycle.  To predict wars is the first step in preventing wars.  Details:

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Weather Wealth And Wars

Although this release is named after my Radio For Peace International course, it is a collection of my latest press releases that pertain to the Environmental Long Cycle that started with Nicolai Kondratiev’s basic work on long economic cycles in 1926.  I was able to connect the three cycles of climate, economics, and wars into one great theory.  Here are brief summaries of 25 releases from my press release campaign of the last three and a half years:

Evaporation Changes the World 7-19-14

This is my most popular press release in this series, broadly discussing the land ocean earth system and the human effects of warming that slows the economy.

San Francisco Earthquake Predicted 8-26-14

This one had a significant ongoing afterlife because of the link to the famous San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the Bay Bridge disaster of  the 1989 World Series.  Hurricane Sandy and major volcanoes are also mentioned in this release.  The military buildup of 2008 also had a direct role in the 2008 Great Recession.

Land Ocean 54 Year Cycle 7-30-16

This one looks at the frame of the interaction between land and ocean being the crucial driver of the long cycle.  The land overheats in the first phase of the cycle and the ocean brings the land back to normal in the last phase of the cycle.

History Repeats, 1852, 2014, 3-20-14

This is a deeper discussion of the war cycle than just focusing on the major wars.  Particularly focused on the early Cold War period of the last complete war cycle, important to assess the current situation as we approach the 2025 major war period.

Egypt-Britain Climate Change 1-24-14

This is a 3000 year approach to the rise and fall of civilizations as the temperature in the Western Civilization area starts cold with Egypt, then warms to 200AD where Rome peaks, cools to 450AD when Rome collapses, warms again to 987AD when the Vikings peak, cools again to 1580AD when Spain and Portugal peak, and currently is warming again since as Britain has the industrial revolution after 1750, but has not reached the peaks of 1000 years ago or 1800 years ago, yet, but is getting close.

Climate Economics: Much More than Costs & Disasters 12-3-13

This takes a close look at the human effects of heating from several big picture points of view.  First the direct human impact, then the geographic impact, then the impact over time, then the impact on stock markets comparing the positive cold half of the year to the negative warm half.

10 Big Evaporation Impacts 9-22-14

Many different impacts are covered here, showing the diversity of the impacts.  Forests, deserts, and sweating are all covered here, among many others.

10 Ways Heat Affects People 10-8-14

Many different impacts are covered here, showing the diversity of the impacts.  A collage of human, economic, and civilization impacts are shared with colorful anecdotes.  Four different links to more information are included at the end

War Cycle, 54 Years Long 11-16-14

Wealth, economic changes, and peck order drive the basic cycle.  Age of presidents has a role to play.  Political parties, anomalies, and what to look for in the future are all here.

Ukraine, Crimea, History, Context 3-4-14

Is this 1856 or 1956 is the first paragraphs question.  Then the thousand year record is discussed with a more specific focus on the last two hundred years.  Lastly the focus looks at fifty years ago compared to now.

Baltimore Riot the New Watts 5-2-15

The riots of the sixties are compared to the modern movement for black rights.  Then Ferguson and Baltimore are looked at specifically in these more militarized times of policing.

Why 54 Year Earth Cycle Matters 8-3-14

Why should we care about the cycle, how does it impact us today?  This big question leads to several big answers showing the relevance of the 54 year cycle to all of us today.

Civil Rights Cycle 3-29-14

The daughter of the main plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision at the dawn of the modern Civil Rights movements of the fifties and sixties, spoke at Edgewood College in Madison.  Turns out, the 1849, 1896, 1954, 2008 major events she discussed follow a 54 year cycle pattern for black Civil Rights.

How I Found the Earth Cycle 3-21-14

This describes events of my personal journey of discovery of the 54 year cycle.  It started with a drought and a discussion with a friend.  Trends 90 was a big help along with several other data sets and writings.  Real discovery takes lots of statistical analysis in a hands on way.

War and Violence Period Cycle 11-29-15

This merges discussion about crime and war into a complex composite theory of the times.  Militarization and empire play a big role in both areas.

Chile Volcano Eruption Cycle 4-24-15

This looks at the Andes Mountains and the volcano in Chile that erupted in 1857, 1961, and 2014, pretty good fits for the 54 year cycle.  Then this event is judged against others in the modern record.

Are Chile and Nepal Related? 4-28-15

This looks at a plausible relationship to two events 180 degrees apart on the Earth that may be related in some way, just days apart.

15 Year Earth Warming Pause 4-12-14

The IPPC panel on climate change was stumped by the difficulty of explaining how global warming has failed to hit a new high in the last 15 years after 1998.  The Reuschlein theory easily explains the event.

Hurricane Flood Climate Cycle 2-7-14

Hurricanes and Typhoons are the main focus of this broader discussion of events like Hurricane Sandy hitting New York and Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans.

Major Wars Happen in Cold Years 12-19-13

This looks at plausible links with very cold years and the start of wars.  How does cold influence the decisions of leaders and people?  A mystery that has some answers and some questions.

Kondratiev Economic Cycle Origins 2-9-14

How Nicolai Kondratiev, Klyashtorin and others furthered the cause of identifying the 54 year cycle.  Pulling the threads together by Reuschlein.

Crazy Cold Winter Weather 2-14-14

The Polar Vortex was in the news, seemingly without any rhyme or reason to it.  Actually Reuschlein noticed this pattern of cold winters in a time of hot years in North America, and has plausible explanations for the pattern.

54 Year Cycle is Crucial 2-25-14

This is a general discussion about the accuracy of the cycle.  How can a real scientist ignore accuracy and continue the old theories of inaccuracy based on lousy interpretations.  Average error of 1.5 years on 56 modern major events is about 95% accuracy for the 54 year cycle.

Philippines Typhoon History 11-12-13

These last two releases show that the major typhoon in history, Haiyan, follow 54 years after the major typhoon year of 1959.  Several different sources are discussed with disclaimers for less accurate events.

Typhoon Haiyan Repeats 54 Year Cycle 1959-2013, 11-11-13

This first press release on the site was very brief, followed up one day later.

The full texts of all of these releases are either available for the release dates after title shown on where you can pick a month on the archive on the right; has another continuous list of titles under my name;

best as a complete bundle of 25 pages on,

you need to click “read” to scroll down the 25 pages for free on

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Economics Prize Perversion

I found a review of the book “The Nobel Factor” subtitled “The Prize in Economics, Social Democracy and the Market Turn” by Avner Offer and Gabriel Soderberg, and reviewed by Jim Tomlinson, to be a good explanation of how modern economics disguises a right wing ideological movement as the pseudo science of Economics.  On display in this Tomlinson review are many of the problematic aspects of modern economics.

Thomas Kuhn warns us in his book on Scientific Revolutions about some of these traps that economics has fallen into. In my (Robert W Reuschlein) paper “10 Scientific Revolution Facts” my seventh Kuhn point is:

#7.   “In the absence of a paradigm or some candidate for paradigm, all of the facts that could possibly pertain to the development of a given science are likely to seem equally relevant.  As a result, early fact-gathering is a far more nearly random activity than the one that subsequent scientific development makes familiar.” (Kuhn)

This underscores the point that Economics is not a science based on empirical findings but rather an ideology that uses selective interpretations not empirically well based. In the words of reviewer Jim Tomlinson, University of Glascow: “The failure of the awarders of the Nobel prize to be concerned with empirical validity is seen as their biggest failing in how they have made their judgments.”

“Over its whole history, there has been a careful attempt to award the prize to a balance of economists, with the most famous case being the 1974 joint prize awarded to Friedrich Hayek and the Swedish social democratic theorist, Gunnar Myrdal.”

This also underscores my #7 point from Kuhn.  It famously leads into the quote:  “Give me a onehanded economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.” – Harry S Truman.  This leads into the Reuschlein #6 point of Kuhn’s work:

#6.   “it remains an open question what parts of social science have yet acquired such paradigms at all.” (Kuhn 1962, 1972)

In the absence of scientific paradigms, all of social science, including economics, tends to fall into the #7 trap.  I have quipped in private that economics is more of a séance than a science.  Monetarists, Keynesians, and Marxists, are among the differing “religions” of the pseudo-science of Economics.  Reuschlein’s point #9 from Kuhn:  “schools guided by different paradigms are always slightly at cross-purposes.”

And we know from the psychologists that cognitive dissonance is strongest when the differences are small between competing theories.  When they are all inaccurate, a case can be made for any of them, as I once learned as a legislative intern:  In the state legislature of Oregon there was a tradition of freshman hazing, where a new legislator is teased by his or her colleagues as they come up with reasons to oppose his or her first carrying of a bill from committee to the legislative floor for passage.  The bill may be for motherhood, apple pie, and the flag, but the hazing may suggest the mother is a woman of ill repute, the apple has worm holes in it, and the flag may be moth eaten.  Once you see that, you know that politics is an art, not a science, and consists as much of theatre and fiction, as nonfiction and reality.  That is what this scientifically trained electrical engineer (Reuschlein) thinks of the art of economics.

Reuschlein’s Electrical Engineering degree was the same as a degree in Applied Math and Science, except for 20 more semester credits required in Electrical Engineering.  And I made four honorary societies including freshman honors, Phi Eta Sigma, Electrical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, All Engineering, and Phi Kappa Phi, All University in the third ranked program in the nation, best of the rest, after Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology, the usual top two in Engineering.  So with six semesters of Physics classes, I know what a real science looks and acts like.  So when I began to document the paradigms shifts of military spending and temperature on macro economics, I took great offense to the notions of social scientists that what I was doing was impossible.

Tomlinson’s review begins with this statement by Economics History Society co-founder:  “R. H. Tawney, rejecting the Marshallian economics of his day, asserted that ‘There is no such thing as a science of economics, nor ever will be. It is just cant…’ “  A profound belief in ambiguity is basic to the thinking of a modern economist.

Tomlinson goes on to say:  “Much of the most detailed analysis of economics here concentrates on undermining the claims of the ‘market liberals’, a term embracing proponents of the new classical macroeconomics, rational expectations and public choice. The book is scathing about the claims made for these (and other) theories, arguing that they ultimately rest on ethical presuppositions, while showing little capacity to explain empirical changes in the economy.”

From the GE “Imagination at Work” ad on 12-23-16:  “Ideas come into this world ugly and messy.  They are the natural born enemy of the way things are.  Yes ideas are scary, and messy, and fragile.  But under the proper care they begin looking beautiful.”  Imagination at Work GE

The key to the General Electric ad is “Ideas….are the natural born enemy of the way things are.” Struggle is inevitable, ugly, messy, and scary.  I’ve found that to be very true, as attacks by some members of the Peace and Justice Studies Association against me and my ideas show.

From Robert W Reuschlein’s paper “10 Scientific Revolution Facts”:

#5.   “History suggests that the road to a firm research consensus is very arduous.” (Kuhn)

#10  “what a person sees depends both on what a person looks at and also upon what a person’s previous visual-conceptual experience has taught him or her to see.” (Kuhn)

#8   “Therefore, at times of revolution, when the normal-scientific tradition changes, the scientists perception of his environment must be re-educated – in some familiar situations he” or she “must learn to see a new gestalt.” (Kuhn)

#4.   Kuhn says a new theory “requires the reconstruction of prior theory and re-evaluation of prior fact, an intrinsically revolutionary process that is seldom completed by a single person ‘and never overnight.’”

These and other reasons are why I have sought the Nobel Peace Prize rather than the Nobel Economics Prize, reasoning that the political nature of the Peace Prize is more favorable to me under the clause in Nobel’s Will “reduction of armies” than trying to buck the ideology of modern economic theory as seen by the Bank of Sweden.

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