Welcome to the site of Wes Bertrand, a place of some outside-the-box thinking. I do hope for the demise of our culture's many mental boxes in a few generations.
Here youll find information about The Psychology of Liberty, a book that outlines the ideal political system for human beingsin fact, for any reasoning creatures. It is called Self-Governing Capitalism.
In concert with portraying the social and cultural changes necessary to bring this system about, the book also delves extensively into human nature and psychology. Since society is comprised of individuals, much focus is placed on personal enlightenment.
Philosophy and mental health are examined through the objective lens of logic with evidence provided by reason, our means of apprehending reality and gaining knowledge.
The book was published a few years ago and, in addition to the hardcover and softcover versions, it is now available online! You can read all the individual chapters and sections from the table of contents. Or you can download the entire book in pdf format. As of 2007, I've released it (and everything else on this site) into the public domain, or copylefted it, which means that you don't need to get permission to use what suits you. As the saying goes, all rites reversed; reprint what you like. Of course, if you want the full explanation as to why "intellectual property" is not a valid form of property, please peruse chapter six of my new book, Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America. It can be downloaded at www.completeliberty.com
As mentioned in the The Psychology of Libertys preface, the philosophical ideas of Ayn Rand and the psychological ideas of Nathaniel Branden proved invaluable in the book's creation. Thus I encourage readers to peruse their works. A list of their books is provided. With the encountering of great ideas comes the necessary critical examination of them in relation to one's own perspectives. Eventually, if one is so motivated, an objective method of thinking develops.
As listed in this sites left menu, Ive included various links pages to many other interesting and informative Web sites. In regards to the practical aspects of establishing some semblance of liberty in our lifetime, I want to mention www.freestateproject.org. I signed up the Fall of '05, and moved to Concord, NH the Spring of '06. Some sites to keep abreast of the goings-on there are www.keenefreepress.com, www.nhfree.com, and www.freestateblogs.net.
Also, for a great resource about liberty-based economics, I highly recommend www.mises.org. They feature an extensive media section too, including podcasts of various lectures. And for those who now 'podcatch' (or just listen online) check out www.freetalklive.com; the hosts beat the drums of liberty on every show! And since I used to live in San Diego and was vice president of San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry for a couple years, I'd like to plug that site: www.sdari.org. SDARI features a presentation every month on a scientific or popular topic related to skeptical and rational thinking. Its quarterly newsletter is Rational Inquiry.
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. It perhaps comes close to my final say on the subject of learner-driven education. Other essays unrelated to education are also here.
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. Though the actual course is no longer available, I believe it serves as a good template for educators to look over. There is both a philosophy section and a psychology section.