Monthly Archives: July 2008

Election violence in Kenya and Zimbabwe: when is international peacekeeping necessary?

In Principles for a Self-Directed Society Chapter 3 “Creating a Lasting Peace,” I advocate a revised vision of the role of United Nations peacekeeping forces. There and elsewhere I maintain that the United States is not an appropriate arbiter of … Continue reading

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Iraq Wants U.S. Forces to Leave

Just briefly: in chapter 3 of Principles for a Self-Directed Society I state, as many others have, that the war in Iraq has strengthened our enemies and increased terrorism worldwide, and that our continued occupation of Iraq can only cause … Continue reading

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Good-bye, Fourth Amendment; We Will Miss You

In my book Principles for a Self-Directed Society, section 6.3.2.1 “Big Brother Really Is Watching You,” I discuss legislation which was then pending:  the FISA Amendments Act, which has received much publicity in the media.  The legislation was intended to … Continue reading

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Energy Stocks

In section 8.2.10 “Public Utilities” I advocate using public money to buy the nation’s energy companies because I believe publicly owned utilities would be more cost-effective than privately-owned, for-profit utilities. It’s simple math: publicly owned utilities only have to break … Continue reading

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Free to Own a Gun

In Principles for a Self-Directed Society, I specifically take a position favoring the right of ordinary civilians to own such weapons as they may choose to own. I based my argument on the Jeffersonian notion of civil defense; and I … Continue reading

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Climate Change and National Security: An Update

In section 4.2.1 of Principles for a Self-Directed Society, I summarize some of the effects and implications of global climate change, including the 2007/08 United Nations Human Development Report, which concluded that more than 260 million people were adversely affected … Continue reading

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