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PRESIDENCY 2000:



JOHN S. HAGELIN of Iowa
Natural Law Party
Presidential Nominee


JOHN HAGELIN BIOGRAPHICAL FACTS:

POLITICAL: Natural Law Party Nominee for President, 1992 (earned ballot status in 32 states - 39,000 votes - 0.04%) and 1996 (earned ballot status in 44 states - 114,000 votes - 0.12%). Chair, Natural Law Party's Platform Committee, 1992-present. Co-Founder, Natural Law Party, 1992.

PROFESSIONAL: Director of Maharishi University of Management's Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy (think tank), 1983-99. Chairman & Director, Maharishi University of Management's Doctoral Program in Elementary Particle Physics, 1983-present. Quantum Physics Researcher.

EDUCATION: B.A. (Physics), Dartmouth College. M.S. (Quantum Physics) and Ph.D. (Quantum Physics), Harvard University.

PERSONAL: Born June 9, 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Single. Protestant.




A. NATHANIEL "NAT" GOLDHABER
of California
Natural Law Party
Vice Presidential Nominee

Goldhaber, an Internet entrepreneur, won the Reform Party splinter group's nomination for Vice President over Marxist political activist and perennial candidate Lenora Fulani by a convention vote of 120-66. Goldhaber is also Hagelin's VP runningmate under the Natural Law Party banner. Goldhaber, the founder of the online Cybergold payment system, has a net worth estimated to be in excess of $100 million. He also has some government experience as a former aide to Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor. And, like Hagelin, Goldhaber has close ties to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Transcendental Meditation movement. Goldhaber is a 1973 graduate of Maharishi University. So much for eliminating the cult perception problems. With the wealthy Goldhaber as a runningmate, Hagelin has made it clear his campaign should now have nearly all the money it needs for the general election effort. Goldhaber, 52, and his wife Marilyn have three sons. He is also a licensed pilot, owns two planes, and said he plans to use them for the campaign.


LINKS:

John Hagelin for President Committee - Official Campaign site.
Institute of Science, Technology & Public Policy - Hagelin's Think Tank.
Natural Law Party - Official Party Site.
Natural Law Party Events Calendar - Campaign Schedule.
Student Natural Law Party Club - Official Youth Organization.
Natural Law Party Platform - Official Platform.
NLP State Parties - Official State Affiliates.
Natural Law Party News - Official Newsletter.
Reform Party of the USA - Official Party Site (Buchanan Faction)
Reform Party - National Party Site (Perot-Verney-Hagelin Faction)
Internet Brigade: Cult Leader Hagelin - Negative Site.
About Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Official Maharishi/Natural Law Site.
Maharishi Vedic University - Official Maharishi/Natural Law Site.
Maharishi University of Management - Official Maharishi/Natural Law Site.
Transcendental Meditation Program - Official Maharishi/TM Site.
American Family Foundation: Transcendental Meditation - Anti-Cult Organization.


ANALYSIS:

Hagelin is a Harvard-educated quantum physicist, university professor and a devoted follower of Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Natural Law Party itself was originally based upon Maharishi's teachings -- although a party spokesman says that many of the newer party members have no ties to the Maharishi and the Transcendental Meditation movement. Hagelin was the NLP nominee for President in 1992 and 1996. Earnestly advocating his "New Age" philosophy, Hagelin Hagelin - 1996was on the ballot in 44 states in 1996. Not surprisingly, NLP co-founder Hagelin is again the Natural Law Party's nominee for President in 2000. The NLP -- under the slogan "Bringing the light of science into politics" and using colorful imagery -- advocates holistic approaches, Transcendental Meditation, "yogic flying," and other peaceful "New Age" remedies for much of our national and international problems. During the Kosovo air strikes, for example, Hagelin held a press conference to suggest the deployment of 7,000 professional Transcendental Meditation counselors into the Kosovo region to "quickly calm the tensions [and] end the bloodshed" -- for a cost of "just" $33 million in tax dollars. Expect the soft-spoken Hagelin to again gain ballot status in most states in 2000 and win a respectable vote total similar to his 1996 showing. In an unusual move, Hagelin filed written notice with the Reform Party in October 1999 that he also intends to seek the Reform nomination for President -- most likely because of the nearly $13 million in federal matching funds that come with the Reform nomination. In February 2000, Hagelin indicated he was also interested in seeking the Green Party's nomination -- but dropped that idea after it quickly became clear Ralph Nader had a lock on the Green nomination. Hagelin said he would like his proposed fusion effort to be the "largest, most powerful coalition of third party forces in U.S. history." He also promises to "fold" his NLP Presidential campaign into the Reform Party if he wins the nomination (note: but he did not promise to fold the NLP itself into the Reform Party). Hagelin received a boost in early July 2000, when many of the former Perot forces within the Reform Party seemingly turned to Hagelin as their last remaining hope to derail Pat Buchanan's nomination -- but they were not able to secure Hagelin the nomination. When it became clear that Buchanan would win the nomination at the national convention, the Perot forces staged a walkout and called a rump convention across the street from the official convention and proceeded to "nominate" Hagelin as the Reform candidate. The Perot/Hagelin forces within the Reform Party will go to federal court and have Buchanan's nomination declared invalid (they allege the mail-in ballot was tainted by massive fraud). Buchanan easily won the mail-in ballot over Hagelin by a vote of 49,529 to 28,539 -- but Buchanan also won the nomination by a floor vote from delegates by a wide margin. Buchanan also won the FEC fight to get the federal funds in mid-September -- and a California judge the next day issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Hagelin faction from any further use of the Reform Party name. Hagelin, however, will still continue his campaign as the NLP nominee and ultimately secured ballot status in 38 states (mainly under the NLP or Independent banner). With the selection of multimillionaire businessman Goldhaber as the VP nominee, the ticket is not likely to run out of money (note: as of September 2000, Hagelin has also raised nearly $4 million for his campaign). Ross Perot switched his support from Hagelin to Bush in early November 2000 -- although Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (I) hinted to the media at the same time that he was leaning towards voting for Hagelin (explaining that we simply would not vote for a major party candidate out of principle).


HAGELIN IS ENDORSED BY:
(Partial Listing)

Ex-Reform Party National Secretary Jim Mangia (Reform-CA)
Ex-Reform Party National Chairman Russ Verney (I-NH)
Independence Party of New York State
Ex-Independent Presidential Candidate Lenora Fulani (I-NY)
Ex-Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham (I-NY)
Ex-Lt. Governor Bill Scranton III (R-PA)


THE JOHN HAGELIN / NATURAL LAW PARTY LIBRARY:

Manual for a Perfect Government by Dr. John Hagelin (1998). This book is Hagelin's comprehensive program to make America a better, safer and healtier nation. Published by the Maharishi University of Management Press, this book shows the close link between Hagelin's scientific and political views and Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation teachings. Hagelin discusses recent discoveries in quantum physics and in the "science of consciousness" that hold the key to understanding the means for eliminating the problems of crime, terrorism, poor health care, drug abuse, poverty and weak educational system results. Follow the link to read more about this book. Price: $15.00 (Paperback.)

The Natural Law Party: A Reason to Vote ... Breaking the Two-Party Stranglehold and Bringing Effective New Solutions to America's Problems by Robert Roth (1998). Roth -- John Hagelin's campaign communications director in 1996 and 2000 -- tells the inside story of growth the Natural Law Party. A strong NLP advocate, Roth sets forth the reasons why he believes the NLP is the party of America's future. Booklist wrote that "despite [political] prose, Roth conveys the Natural Law Party's beliefs well." He describes all of the obstacles placed in the way of new and small parties and explains how the NLP platform and solutions based upon Transcendental Meditation relate to the needs of the American people. This book is probably the most favorable introduction to the Natural Law Party. With a preface by Hagelin. Follow the link to read more about this book. List: $23.95. Your Price: $16.77 (You Save 30%).

TM Transcendental Meditation: A New Introduction to Maharishi's Easy, Effective and Scientifically Proven Technique for Promoting Better Health, Unfolding Your Creative Potential & Creating Peace in the World by Robert Roth (Revised 1994 Edition). Much like his overtly political book above, Roth provides an introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM) and explains how TM is based upon "Natural Law." TM is the central thread that runs between Maharishi's teachings and the Natural Law Party's political foundation. Roth touts the virtues of TM as the solution that can singlehandedly solve nearly all personal, medical, financial and societal (i.e., crime) problems. Roth, as you may have noticed, also seems to like very long book titles. List: $12.95. Your Price: $10.36 (You Save 20%). (Paperback.)

Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1994 Reprint Edition). In this book, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi sets forth his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effortless technique -- Transcendental Meditation -- that can be practiced by anyone. TM, at its peak of popularity in the 1970s, was practiced by an estimated 1.5 million people in North America. Maharishi's teachings set forth in this book were the inspiration for founding the Natural Law Party. Follow the link to read more about this book. List: $15.95. Your Price: $12.76 (You Save 20%). (Paperback.)


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