Dennis Haugh, author of the new book, Political Vertigo; Stabilizing Politics In An Upside Down World (Click Here) brings an unorthodox perspective to the study of society and government. As an abstract mathematician, he was captivated by the mathematical rigor of John Lockeís arguments in Two Treatises of Government. As a computer scientist, he was struck by the similarities between the process of framing the Constitution (from the Convention notes) and the methodology of computer software engineering.
Retired USAF Brigadier General Malham M. Wakin, Ph.D. introduces us to Dennis Haugh and tries to explain the author's intention with his book:
"Dennis Haugh is an American patriot, experienced master computer scientist, and very concerned citizen who, like many other American citizens today, is concerned about the political structure and enduring safety and future of the United States. In his book he reviews the classic beginnings of our republic and some of the great political and philosophical forbears whose influence forged our Constitution and ultimate way of life. He proposes that some of the foresight and wisdom of our constitutional founders has been neglected or diminished in modern times. He finds the current American political climate dangerous and neglectful of the early wisdom of our philosophical and political forbears and regrets the negative influences of the current educational structure in America. He attempts to utilize the best of our classical and constitutional heritage with suggestions for revitalizing our educational and political structures based on the wisdom of our greatest thinkers and motivated by a sophisticated and concerned love of country. If you are struggling with concerns for the current political life of our country, you may find some helpful reflections and ways forward presented here in his version of Political Vertigo."
Believing that a system can only be understood by starting at the beginning, He starts with the ancient Greek philosophers. In particular, Aristotle provides the foundation for western society and government. Just as a complete understanding of a computer system requires understanding its foundation and evolution, our current system of government is best understood by following its historic evolution.
Throughout his long career in the computer industry, Haugh has had to not only develop new systems, but also analyze and improve upon existing complex systems. Some of these systems include platforms built by Cray Research, Intel, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), and Lockheed Martin. Two of the more publicized systems are still functioning Ė the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the JUNO satellite orbiting Jupiter. He now uses those skills to analyze the US system of government.
Haugh graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelorís Degree in Mathematics and holds a Masterís Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds multiple US and international patents.
Commissioned as an Air Force Captain, he has always taken his oath to defend the Constitution seriously.