Phi Beta Iota: We've decided to carry rolling updates on the three areas at the Huffington Post where founder Robert Steele is posting (as opposed to here, where the other contributors are carrying the ball). This one will focus on blogs to the Books section, see also the Education and Politics counterparts.
Recovering spy, serial pioneer for open and public intelligence
Posted: October 4, 2010 08:41 AM
Sun Tzu writes that if you do not know your enemy, AND you do not know yourself, you are destined to fail. The United States of America is not a Republic anymore, because its public has allowed a two-party tyranny to monopolize both the debate and the funds that we provide. The educational system is a mess, because Carnegie and Rockefeller wanted it to be a mess–it trains obedient non-thinkers, those of us that think survived the US educational system, we think in spite of it.
Below, with short introductory paragraphs, are lists of books that I have have reviewed at Amazon over the past decade, that focus on the specifics of “What's Wrong with America?” There is a counterpart list of books on what could be right with America and the world, I will cover that next week.
Posted: October 2, 2010 09:54 AM
I am going to be a most faithful contributor to the new vertical in Education. I agree with the propositions of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively:
A Nation's best defense is an educated citizenry.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Unfortunately, we have become a nation of cheats and liars, with our two-party tyranny leading the way. Thankfully, “Open Everything” is here to stay, and Howard Zinn (RIP) had it right when he called the public a power no government can repress.
By way of introduction to my many reviews that provide the context for my deliberative focus on education, below are two booklists created in support of my most recent book proposing the creation, immediately, of a World Brain and Global Game. The first is a negative list, all the books that document all the negatives that we have allowed to proliferate over the past fifty years. The second is a positive list, and I must salute Tom Atlee, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and many others who have educated me this past decade on wisdom among us all.