Jean Lievens: R. C. Smith Alternative Philosophy of Social Change – On the Basic Income Law, Economic Democracy, Participatory Economics, and the Importance of the Commons in the 21st Century

On the Basic Income Law, Economic Democracy, Participatory Economics, and the Importance of the Commons in the 21st Century R. D. Smith Introduction Over the past few weeks I’ve had the privilege of engaging with a number of people both in formal discussions and on Heathwood’s comment boards regarding a range of issues. These issues …

Review: Theodore and Woodrow – How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

PRINTABLE DOC: (4 Pages): Review Theodore and Woodrow Andrew P. Napolitano 4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Op-Ed Book, Missing the Eye Candy, October 31, 2013 I broke with the Republican Party over Iran-Contra and belatedly, the one trillion a year that Reagan started shamelessly borrowing to fund the dual welfare system — a dysfunctional …

Patrick Meier: Why Anonymity is Important for Truth and Trustworthiness Online

Why Anonymity is Important for Truth and Trustworthiness Online Philosophy Professor, Karen Frost-Arnold, has just published a highly lucid analysis of the dangers that come with Internet accountability (PDF). While the anonymity provided by social media can facilitate the spread of lies, Karen rightly argues that preventing anonymity can undermine online communities by stifling communication and …

Review (Guest): The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education

Charles Hugh Smith Publisher’s Overview: With the soaring cost of higher education, has the value a college degree been turned upside down. College tuition and fees are up 1000% since 1980. Half of all recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed, revealing a deep disconnect between higher education and the job market. It is no …

Berto Jongman: John McAfee Vows to Make Internet “Impossible to Hack” + Internet/Human Intelligence Meta-RECAP [Bottom Line Up Front: Internet without Intelligence and Integrity is Noise]

John McAfee vows to make Internet ‘impossible to hack’ By Dan Nakaso dnakaso@mercurynews.com >Posted:   09/24/2013 05:38:37 PM PDT | Updated:   a day ago SAN JOSE — Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who buried himself in the sand to hide from police in Belize, faked a heart attack in a Guatemalan detention center and …

Review: The CIA and the Culture of Failure: U.S. Intelligence from the End of the Cold War to the Invasion of Iraq

John Diamond 4.0 out of 5 stars Got the Obvious Right, Misses Everything Else, September 4, 2013 I regard Retired Reader as an alter ego and top gun in the field, so his review has my vote. If the book were current (it was published in 2008) I would be tempted to buy it but …

Review: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

Robert Kaplan 2.0 out of 5 stars Neither new nor original nor reliable, September 1, 2013 I am getting pretty sick of Stratfor and the pimps of empire. There is nothing new in this book other than self-promotion. For better more original reads consider, among many, many others: Zones of conflict: An atlas of future …

Max Manwaring: Translating Lessons Learned in Colombia and Other Wars Among the People: Confronting the Spectrum of 21st Century Conflict

Translating Lessons Learned in Colombia and Other Wars Among the People: Confronting the Spectrum of 21st Century Conflict by Max G. Manwaring Translating Lessons Learned in Colombia and Other Wars Among the People: Confronting the Spectrum of 21st Century Conflict Small Wars Journal, 27 August 2013 Beyond Afghanistan, we must define our effort not as …

REVEALED: The True Story of Dr. Dr. Dave Warner and the Synergy Strike Force

The Merry Pranksters Who Hacked the Afghan War It was a dark time in a long, drawn-out war. Afghanistan was festering with resentment. The Pentagon brass were desperate. It was the kind of last-ditch moment when authorities start throwing an era’s weirdest ideas at its most hopeless bureaucratic mistakes. (ILLUSTRATIONS: GRAHAM SMITH) By Brian Calvert …

Review: The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam

Akbar Ahmed 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Star (My Top 10%) — The Book Susan Rice Should Read First, June 6, 2013 I received and read this book today, and while I am troubled by the author’s buying into the Bin Laden story and the official 9/11 cover-up, this is a six-star book that …

Review: Christianity, Evolution and the Breath of Life

Ralph H. Armstrong 5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Price, Fast Read Worthy of Re-Reading, a Real Delight, June 1, 2013 I was given this book free in part because I have reviewed a number of books on science versus religion/faith, and I was very surprised to find it a very fast read (worthy of …