Category Archives: Clarifications & Corrections

This is a place for me to say, “I was wrong.” This website is an ongoing discussion based on the principles printed in a book. As with any book, it may contain some errors. As time passes and the discussion unfolds, I may find that I’ve contradicted myself, changed my mind, or that the best available evidence has changed. Why hide it? I’m a regular guy, and humans are fallible. It’s much better to be upfront about it. This is me, being open about fallibility, and proud of it.

Entrenched Power Trumps Democracy in Egypt

These are dark times to be a person of principles.  The hope of the Arab Spring and the Orange Revolution have given way to a nightmare of civil war, brutality, and militarism.  The cause? Entrenched power is stronger than the … Continue reading

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A Prescription for Peace: The United Territories of Israel-Palestine

In the book, I offered two possible solutions for the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  One possibility I suggested was the complete social and political unification of the entire territory of Israel and Palestine; and the other was the much … Continue reading

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Palestine vs. Tibet: Conflicting Principles?

I received feedback from a reader named Ryan C. that deserves a response. Ryan stated that he thought the principle I upheld in my discussion of the situation in Palestine conflicted with the principle which I promoted in my discussion … Continue reading

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Maher Arar and extraordinary rendition

In chapter 6 “Basic Rights” under section 6.2.1 “Habeas Corpus” I briefly mention the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian who was abducted in New York and taken to Syria, where he was tortured and detained without any legal justification.  … Continue reading

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Arcology

In “Consciously Creating Positive Social Change,” the concluding chapter of Principles for a Self-Directed Society, I propose a novel concept which I am quite proud of and which I thought was completely original. Certainly I had never before heard anyone … Continue reading

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Assorted Minor Corrections and Changes

If you have just reached this website, welcome!  This particular blog entry is by no means the most interesting post on this site.  This entry is strictly concerned with minor details.  I encourage you to read some of the other … 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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