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As a community, we try to explore answers to the following three questions:

  1. What are our society's current problems and challenges?
  2. What do we want instead?
  3. How to get from here to there?

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Community Manifesto

  • Introduction: who is writing this manifesto, and why.
  • Polls: Who can vote? Where? Who can create polls.
  • Community: a community-driven web site.
  • Topics: browse the list of topics on which the members have expressed themselves.

Can we get out of the corrupt political system in the US?

The request for "an honest idea to get us out of the corrupt and useless political system we live in (US)" is a tall order. To be valid, such an idea must show that it addresses the causes of our present condition. However difficult the task, we must make the effort if we are to avoid civil disorder. My greatest fear is that we'll find ourselves in the throes of that disorder before we've done our homework - before we've reasoned our way to a sound political system that is free of the corruption and ineffectiveness that plague our present system.

The measure of success

This web site is still a very long way away from where I would like it to be. As the host, obviously I wish for this site to be a success. Here, I would like to simply define success, both in terms of shallow success, and meaningful success.

Users' Personal Books


I like a lot what Fred has done with his own personal book:
I would like to extend the concept to all trusted users.

I will make incremental changes so that each regular member can have its own personal book.
The personal books are single-author: each member can have its own.
The personal books are not dated: they can be updated by their author at any time to represent the best that it has to offer.
The personal books are not the place for discussion. Use blog entries for that.

What are the fundamental flaws in our society?

What are the fundamental flaws in our society and in our form of government?

You can add more options to the poll.

Give a higher score to the problems you feel are the most acute, important and fundamental.

Choice Blog entries Score votes Maximum score
100 % The way our political system allows the least principled of our citizens to be elected into office. 1 entry 10 1 10
80 % The way we select our representatives 3 entries 56 7 70
80 % The way we conduct elections 2 entries 56 7 70
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Taxonomy and tagging of content: preparatory work

This blog entry is related to the poll:What improvement would you like for this site? (Total: 3 posts)
It is discussing the poll topics:
Other topics:

Taxonomy = tagging of content

This blog entry is a status report regarding the use of taxonomy and content tagging in this site.

Although currently a work in progress, the site taxonomy, i.e. the way different pages are content are tagged according to topics, is an important way content is categorized.
The aims are:
- to allow users to find the most relevant content on any topic.
- find the most compelling content, whenever it was posted, newer content not necessarily being more interesting than older one.

Thoughts on Mental Growth

I understand the notion that people don't grow much after the age of 20, but I'm not sure the similarity of physical and mental stature is valid. I'm more inclined to think Alasdair MacIntryre (a professor at Notre Dame University) has it right:

"Human beings, as the kind of creatures we are, need the internal goods that can only be acquired through participation in politics if we are to flourish." [Taken from Edward Clayton's, "Alasdair MacIntyre", Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

Thoughts on the Pursuit of Self-Interest


The weakness in the way our government levies taxes reflects our nature. If we wish to improve our government, we must learn to harness our natural tendencies in ways that make them useful. What I write here will focus on one trait, the pursuit of self-interest. I will describe a simple, direct way of harnessing one manifestation of that trait, converting it from a destructive force to a productive one.

To begin with, we must recognize that ...

a) the pursuit of self-interest is a human trait.

Thoughts on People and Myths

I've spent a few years in the Realm of the People. During those years, I've learned that not everything is as it appears. Part of the cacaphony bellowing from the media are myths that affect our lives. They are so powerful they influence us even though they contradict reality. I believe recognizing the influence of these myths may help us improve the way we relate to each other; in a word, our politics. But, in attempting to understand them, we must avoid the notion that they are always created with malevolent intent. Sometimes, they're not.

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