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- That field of knowledge which allows the haves to
manipulate and embezzle the have nots. From the Greek poly meaning
many and ticks meaning small blood sucking insects.
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of
course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most
enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to
engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it,
and if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically
his support. If I devote myself to other pursuits and
contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue
them sitting upon another man's shoulders. I must get off him
first, that he may pursue his contemplations too.
Thoreau. Civil Disobedience
Sticks, Stones, Bombs and
Bullets defines the post Berlin Wall problem. I had a wonderful
political philosophy ready to analyze a world dominated by the Cold
War. Here, it gets twisted to see the newer problems.
Three Models, One Vision provides some answers to the problems
raised in the above piece. It combines some perspectives from The
Fourth Turning, The Third Wave, and The Clash of Civilizations, and
tries to unify the somewhat complex modern era into a good old
fashioned Us against Them.
Recognizing the Battle
Flag is my response to a number of southern web sites that claim
the Civil War was about state's rights, not slavery, and prove it by
playing Dixie through the computer. This is proof by whistling Dixie.
The Recognizing the Battle Flag pages touch upon several interlocked
themes, economic, legal, political, and moral. It features quotes
dating from early and prewar time frame from both southern and
northern perspectives. While there are any number of reasons why
people of the time came to fight, and no one theme is sufficient to
cover everyone's motives, the theme of slavery dominates all other
American Trilogy is the lead section of my "Visions"
section, a collection of lyrics, poetry and prose that just plain
deserves to get read from time to time. I guess I'm one of them there
secular humanists that the fundamentalist religious types complain
about. I distrust extreme religious perspectives. People who think
they know God's will too often attempt to impose it on others. Still,
if I had to choose three short pieces to define the philosophy of
secular humanism, of democracy in the modern age, I'll go with
The Declaration of Independence,
the Gettysburg Address, and
I Have a Dream. How secular is my
humanism? Count the references to God. Much forward movement of
recent centuries has come from men of God, and will continue to do
so. I would just wish more of them would live according to their holy
Human Nature: In role playing
games, how does one create believable political bad guys that will
fight the players? A purely gaming article which addresses the nature
of Good and Evil, and how conflicts start in the real world. If the
above two articles focus on the very large scale issues, this one
gets down into how decent and God fearing humans come to start
slaughtering one another.
On Current Campaign Finance : The
current system just legalizes special interest bribery. This one
isn't profound. I just got mad one night, and typed it in.
On Internet Regulation : Same night.
The right to send advertisements isn't free speech. Those profiting
from the network ought to provide some kickback into the ISPs and
trunk operators who have to pay for infrastructure. Anyway, the
attached was a brief fire-off-to-your-senator thing, intended to be
slotted into a poll rather than persuade.
Questions is a piece of Star Trek fiction. In one of my role
playing games, we had to decide whether it was proper for the
Federation of Planets to use force to pacify a planet in crisis. I
had just read Colin Powell's American Journey book, and consolidated
his experience from Vietnam to the Gulf War into a short essay on
fighting foreign wars.
also Star Trek fiction. The guy running the Federation Council game
immediately saw that the checklist style criteria for fighting a
foreign war is not at all applicable when your country is fighting
for its life against a near equal opponent. The next debate was on
what to do about the Dominion's attack on the Federation. Joy's
response complements Powell's Questions.
Kirk's Heresy is more
clearly science fiction. It is an essay on the Prime Directive, one
of Gene Roddenberry's idealistic whims. The essay has nothing to do
with current day real world politics. (The United Nations of current
day Earth respects the non-interference principle more than the
planet wide declaration of human rights.)