Welcome to a place for some outside-the-box thinking. Our culture’s many mental boxes have prevented untold generations of people from realizing their potential in terms of actualizing possibilities for enrichment and opportunities for growth. Such growth of course entails learning many new things about philosophy and psychology, the foundational fields for human development. Reasoning from first principles remains necessary in order to check premises and attain coherent understanding.
The Psychology of Liberty was published in 2000 and was the impetus for this site. The book provided a philosophical and psychological understanding of the ideal political system for human beings (or other any reasoning creatures), which was named Self-Governing Capitalism. Unfortunately, the word “capitalism” has been misunderstood and mischaracterized as society has become more affected by the ills of government—despite the definition remaining the same: “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.” Many now believe that Wall Street, lobbyists (K Street), and huge public and private corporations intent on maximizing shareholder wealth (oftentimes sacrificing other values) are the essentials of capitalism. Wikipedia notes the confusion:
As pointed out in my subsequent book, Complete Liberty, the corporation and all its trappings would not exist without a governmental legal and regulatory system. Further, as noted, Complete Liberty‘s sixth chapter also explores the reasons why “intellectual property” isn’t valid; thus, its enforcement is unjust and destructive to creativity and human progress. The sequel, Complete Liberty Inside Out: Honoring Yourself and Others for Optimal Enrichment, integrates and explaines the nature of domination systems and their ongoing traumatizing effects; the methodology of Nonviolent Communication is also explained in it.
Some academic essays can also be found here. The intellectual groundwork for understanding the learning process is laid in an essay that analyzes the nature of educational systems and their effects on learners. Ultimately, learner-driven education is the way to a much brighter future. I expanded on this understanding in a later section of the fifth chapter of The Psychology of Liberty and, much more recently, in the fifth chapter of Complete Liberty Inside Out.
A novel educational course concerning philosophy and psychology for adolescents was once offered in the San Diego area: Logical Learning Services. The intent was to cater to students (both highschoolers and homeschoolers) who desired to become more informed about the basic (and more complex) life questions concerning themselves, reality, and relationships to others. The actual course is being revamped for a learning center in Saipan, and it can serve as a useful template for educators elsewhere. It features both a philosophy section and a psychology section.