The struggle to improve our patterns and methods of self-government at the global level, and at e... more
The struggle to improve our patterns and methods of self-government at the global level, and at every level, remains humanity's most pressing need and will basically determine whether we create a sustainable future on this Earth or not.
My background is in philosophy, environmental engineering, law, international law, and international organizations. I am a member of the Baha'i world community and of the Unitarian-Universalist world fellowship. I am fluent in the Esperanto language and admire the courage and persistence of that very special global subculture of citizens without borders (civitanoj sen limoj).
I am writing three books: (1) A UU Global Ministry for Earth, Peace, and Justice. (2) Understanding the Voyage to Earth Community. (3) Launching Dates for the Voyage to Earth Community.
I have just moved to the area of Portland, Oregon.
I am single and will turn 65 in December 2011. A compatible person with a house big enough for my library would be a wonderful aid to my work ;-)
I lean toward libertarian socialism and sustainability economics (Herman Daly, etc.), and to the ... more
I lean toward libertarian socialism and sustainability economics (Herman Daly, etc.), and to the full panoply of United Nations international human rights, as my basic theoretical approaches for secular analysis. However, in trying to integrate these with a "spiritual" and religious outlook as well, I see the patterns and methods of self-government described in the Baha'i writings to be a step forward for humanity beyond its present reliance on a model of "power without ethics."
The Baha'i model of self-government exhibits a concern for gender balance, for decision-making by groups rather than by individual leaders, for inclusion of the stakeholders and the community, for mature and respectful communications (conversive relationality), for building Earth Community, the oneness of humanity and its biosphere, for science working together with the sacred for sustainable futures, and for the notion that the Baha'i community and its model of self-government is an instrument of almost unlimited potential benefit to the human race. Activists should seriously investigate this movement and find in it some methodologies they may not yet be aware of. less
I am on SSD and do part-time work for some extra income. As mentioned, I am authoring three books.
I am on SSD and do part-time work for some extra income. As mentioned, I am authoring three books. less
I have a BA in philosophy and a JD in law. I have kept up a keen interest in philosophy over the ... more
I have a BA in philosophy and a JD in law. I have kept up a keen interest in philosophy over the years. less
Herman Daly in sustainability economics. David Korten in anti-Wall-Street economics. Mario Bung... more
Herman Daly in sustainability economics. David Korten in anti-Wall-Street economics. Mario Bunge and Justus Buchler in the philosophy of systems and of natural complexes. The work of John Godolphin Bennett (his 4-volume The Dramatic Universe) and Anthony G. E. Blake in systems, perception, and spirituality. The Esperanto language and its world community. G.I. Gurdjieff and Armenian and Middle Eastern foods. The semantics of the Earth Community concept. less