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Making Global Sense

Grounded hope for democracy and the earth
inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

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Second edition
Making Global Sense a finalist for 2023 Montaigne Medal from the the Eric Hoffer Book Awards

Making Global Sense a finalist
for the 2023 Montaigne Medal
from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
(Winner announced by summer)

Iconic earth images induce a global sensibility.


the book

The cause of global awakening is the cause of all humankind.

IN THESE TRYING TIMES of climate change when autocracies outnumber democracies, our best hope for freedom and a livable future is seeing our global oneness and acting on it.

Making Global Sense reports that more than a billion of us on earth are aware of our connectivity. Alone and together, we’re inventing a global sense movement that’s building the critical mass for a global shift into conscious democracy.

Author Judah Freed draws timely inspiration from Thomas Paine and his reasoning in Common Sense..

Where Paine in 1776 opposed injustice from monarchy and hereditary succession, Freed opposes injustice and ecological ruin from our ancient habits of alpha male rule and authority addiction, hidden by split perceptions. For a better future, Freed advocates mindful self rule and personal democracy, both vital for democratic societies .

Where Paine proposed the first modern democracy, a republic without any king. Freed proposes direct republics to expand democracy,.

Where Paine called for revolution, Freed urges evolution, so we live sensibly and creatively free on earth. .By balancing free will and self rule, we shift our world from autocracy to democracy.

To survive the world crises humanity’s created over centuries, do we look for a king, or do we look to ourselves? Evolving a global sense of life offers hope for us to build a better future.

Weaving essay and memoir, Making Global Sense revives ideas and ideals from the 18th century Enlightenment to champion our 21st century enlightenment, now..

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A Book of ‘Big Ideas’

Making Global Sense invites awakening to awareness of our oneness.
The book voices ideas that evolve how we make sense of our lives and
our societies. A global sense of life favors freedom and democracy.

Alpha Male Rule

The ancient patriarchal system of power and wealth, inherited by fathers and sons, now generates inequality and climate change.

Authority Addiction

Our ancient habits of autocracy drive unhealthy relationships with external power, so we crave to worship kings, or be the king.


Split Perceptions

We divide our minds with duality thinking, denying our oneness, so we feel alone and powerless. Our split minds are easily fooled.

Self Rule

A global sensibility balances free will and self rule. When personal responsibility governs Individual sovereignty, freedom thrives, and we create abundant lives.


A global sense of life guides us to behave mindfully in relationships and in society, local to global. We adopt democratic habits that enter our memes and genes.


We the people have a natural right of consent over the laws ruling us. The book updates Paine’s blueprint to propose a plan for giving us more say.


Global Sense

More than one billion global thinkers, such as conscious consumers, and the Global Climate March, transform our societies around the world..

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Table of Contents

Making Global Sense updates Common Sense
and mirrors Thomas Paine’s four-part structure.

Part I.
Our Global

1. World Enlightenment
2. Shadow Forces
3. The Global Sense
4. Common Global Sense
5. Sense and Insanity
6. Split Perceptions
7. Absurdities and Atrocities .

Part II.
Kings and
Other Masters

8. Alpha Male Rule
9. Authority Addiction
10. Money and Power


Part III.
Thoughts on the State of World Affairs

11. Hazards of Autocracy
12. Crear and Present Dangers
13. Finding our Courage

Part IV.
Our Ability to
Change the World

14. Personal and Social Transformation00
15. Gender Equality
and New Men
16. A Rebirth of Democracy
(Direct Republics)
17. Begin the World Anew

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Overview of Making Global Sense

Part I. Our Global Awakening
Where Paine explained the nature of government and the rule of law, I explain that the way we make sense of life governs our lives. A billion of us now see our oneness as a fact; we’re building a global sense movement.

Part II. Kings and Other Masters
Where Paine blamed tyranny on kings and hereditary succession, I name alpha male rule and authority addiction, hidden by split perceptions, for the wealth and power abuses now menacing life and liberty on earth

Part III. Thoughts on the State of World Affairs
Where Paine surveyed the state of colonial American affairs. I survey the state of modern world affairs, the dire threats to democracy and the planet, the dangers of tyranny in our lands and in our minds.

Part IV. Our Ability to Change the World
Where Paine proposed how to win a revolutionary war and create a republic, I propose how to wage an evolutionary campaign for world enlightenment, perhaps with direct republics someday, if we do the inner and outer work,


Cover for first edition of Common Sense [cropped]
(January 10, 1776)

Paine initially published anonymously to avoid retaliation. Word soon spread he was the author, so the byline named him. The first printing sold 150,000 copies. Pained donated his earning to the war effort.

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Why Thomas Paine

The 18th century Enlightenment offers insights
for our global crises in the 21st century

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Thomas Paine makes sense today

Common Sense offers grounded hope for our urgent evolution in these modern times that try our souls.

Thomas Paine’s pivotal 1776 essay swung public opinion in favor of the the American Revolution, which likely would have failed without his writings. He used logic and reason to argue for freedom from kings.

In our troubled century, as climate change persists and tyrants insist, we again need such an inspirational call for liberation from all wannabe kings. We need sound reasons for evolving into mature self-government, both in society and within ourselves. We need mindful self rule.

Common Sense shifted the course of human events. Paine was blessed to write the right book at the right time. He voiced in plain terms for his day the big ideas of The Enlightenment, a social and cultural movement in Europe and America. Rejecting excuses for absolute despotism, such Enlightenment writers as Locke and Rousseau and Paine mapped out the rational basis f0r freedom and democracy.

Paine’s Age of Enlightenment human values were shared by Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, and others in Europe and America. Their views on natural rights and natural law are the original ideas and ideals of democracy without monarchy behind the American Revolution, the French Revelation and republican revolutions ever since around the world.

Thomas’s Paine’s Common Sense was crucial in changing how we make sense of governing ourselves. Monarchy gave way to democracy. Centuries later, we risk democracy backsliding into autocracy, The ancient habits of tyranny are cunning and powerful. We need to swing popular opinion back toward freedom.

Making Global Sense applies Paine’s reasoning to our world’s problems. As reality bites, it makes global sense for global thinkers to unite and act, alone and together, while we can.

For healing our planet and maturing into sensible liberty, we need hope, rooted in reason, that gives us the courage and faith to do the inner work and outer work of personal and global transformation.  Unfounded hope is helpless. Seeing our global reach gives us power to get up, stand up.

By reviving insights and inspiration from Thomas Paine and the 18th century Enlightenment, Making Global Sense encourages our 21st century enlightenment. Giving us hope, more than a billion global thinkers on earth are getting organized. What happens next is up to us.


Changing what makes sense

As we face massive climate change, humanity is at a global tipping point between autocracy or democracy.

We live in rare pivotal age. Globalization and climate upheavals are disrupting civilizations worldwide. Massive waves of change are hitting humanity as deeply as when we shifted from agrarian to industrial societies. Life on earth will never be the same.

Future shock stuns many of us. Life changes faster than we can cope. We feel confused, unsafe and victimized. Hate mongers prey on our fear and anger, turn our grievances against us. We give away our right of consent and dissent to lying leaders promising to save us from ourselves.

Imagine humanity making global sense of life on earth. An awareness of our planetary oneness, unity, interdependence, connectivity, coherence (said in any ling0) leads us to balance freedom and responsibility, so we enjoy both liberty and safety. Mindful self rule guided by global sense sustains freedom and democracy.

Changing how we make sense of life changes our lives and our world. We can choose to adopt a preset awareness of our universal oneness. Reasoning starts from a premise that everything is part of everything else. We can choose to accept evidence that all existence is light, so we each are light being us in all of our forms. We each are unique while one with all, innately equal and naturally free.

When alertness to our natural unity in diversity goes from slogan to reality, the shift in mindset changes the way we make sense of life on earth. The shift in our worldview makes freedom and democracy doable.

In scary times that test our faith and our will to carry on, culminating decades of work, I wrote a book to offer grounds for hope, so more of us choose to unite and take action for the climate and democracy, while we can. I want to help create critical mass for a quantum leap of humanity into world enlightenment.

Making Global Sense aims to help shift how we make since of life on earth. Paine speaks for me in his introduction to Common Sense:

Thomas Paine

Why My Story

A book of ideas needs to balance head and heart. Framing my ideas within my life story, writing in present tense to stay real, I’m telling the tale behind the book’s creation.

My life lessons may be useful to you. For instance, fleeing a cult in my twenties taught me about alpha male rule, authority addiction and split perceptions. Four decades as a media and politics journalist taught me the hard ways of the world. Handling media for global thinkers like R. Buckminster Fuller and John Denver taught me the power of vision to create reality. A lifetime of spiritual seeking taught me about opening to oneness. Nearly dying from cancer as an elder taught me the futility of ego and value of mindfulness.

My model for interweaving essay and narrative is Zen and the Art of Motor­cycle Maintenance by Robert M. Persig. His adept union of theory and memoir helped me rediscover my true self when I felt the most lost. As a writer, I like what he did there. I’m emulating his approach and hoping you benefit by the blending.


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The Author

Judah Freed

Award-winning author and seasoned journalist.

Judah Basics

Judah Freed is an award-winning author and editor, seasoned media and politics journalist, consultant, speaker, and educator..

Born and raised in hometown Denver, Judah has lived in New York, Appalachia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and recently Hawaii, plus some world travel.. Colorado remains home..

Education – Graduate of Denver Public Schools. Double BA in Journalism and Communication, University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College (Regis). Researched organizational and public communication in Antioch’s Individualized MA program.
– Classroom Teaching sideline, adults and youth at community colleges, public and private schools; focus on language arts communication and humanities.
– Developed and taught “Writing from Within” creative writing program.
– Early advocate of lifelong learning.

Affiliations – American Society of Journalists & Authors (First Amendment and Banned Books committees), PEN America, The Authors Guild, Society of Professional Journalists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Independent Book Publishers Association, Colorado Inde­pendent Publishers Association, Colorado Authors League, Denver Press Club, Coalition of Visionary Resources, The ManKind Project, Network of Spiritual Progressives, International New Thought Alliance, SINE Network, and The Thomas Paine National Historical Association.

Books & Awards

Making Global Sense – Grounded hope for democracy inspired by Common Sense.
AUTHOR – Hoku House (2021, 2022)

A Tale of Liberty Lost & Found
A modern fable from Thomas Paine.
AUTHOR – Hoku House (2022)

Global Sense – Awakening our Power for Democracy and World Peace
AUTHOR – Hoku House, (2002-2012)
-Two Nautilus Book Awards for Social Change
– CIPA Evvy Award for Personal Growth
– Featured on CSPAN BookTV

End Medical Debt – Curing America’s Healthcare Crisis
EDITOR – Hoku House (2018, 2021)
– by Jerry Ashton, Robert Goff, Craig Antico, founders of $7B charity, RIP Medical Debt.
– Benjamin Franklin Book Award for Heath.
– #1 Bestseller after PBS NewsHour story.

The Patient, The Doctor and
The Bill Collector
A Medical Debt Survival Guide
EDITOR – Hoku House (2016)
– by Robert E. Goff and Jerry Ashton
Foreword Indies Book Award finalist
– Led to RIP on the John Oliver show

Financial Opportunities in
Educational Television
– The history and future of global distance learning.
AUTHOR – Financial Times M&T, London UK (1998)


Media Trades -For two decades, starting in 1992, working from Denver, wrote for the top U.S. and European media industry magazines,. including TV Technology, Multichannel News,, Cablevision, Euromedia, Broadband Week, Inter@ctive Week, Internet Week,, Video Age, Convergence, and others.
– Served as a reporter, columnist contributing editor, and managing editor.
– Pioneered world coverage of the internet and interactive digital television.
– Writings about global interactivity, “deep media literacy,” media social effects,, privacy, and internet democracy drew calls to speak on four continents.

NationalThe Huffington Post, The Sun, European Pres Network, Courthouse News, Leaps, Science of Mind Magazine, others. Focus on politics and society.

Hawaii – Moved to Kauai in 2010. Edited the island newspaper and several magazines for a decade while writing Global Sense.

Colorado – Entered journalism in 1976. Worked a decade covering Denver and Colorado as a reporter, columnist and editor for newspapers and magazines. among them The Longmont Times-Call,, Colorado Daily, The Denver Downtowner, Colorado Statesman., The Denver Post, and Rocky Mountain News,. Helped start Westword.. Moved home to Denver in 2020. Currently covering Colorado courts for a news service plus freelancing while promoting this book.

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