Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our closest allies in the ME steal classified military secrets from us? No, say it isn't so!

Temps dropped to 50 below F. here last night. Gertee is holding the heat though, and I'm adjusted to waking up as soon as my inside temp drops below freezing. This is the kind of weather where everything becomes super fragile. Plastic cracks and even metal can be easily snapped. This slows the pace of living down to a snail's crawl; as much as I want to race back inside everytime I go outside to get a bucket of wood, I have to be careful or I won't have a wood bucket anymore.

From Peter Myer's elist:
(1) U.S. man pleads guilty to acting as agent for Israel

From: Kristoffer Larsson <> Date: 31.12.2008 11:58 PM

U.S. man pleads guilty to acting as agent for Israel

Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:31pm EST

By Daniel Trotta and Randall Mikkelsen

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 85-year-old former U.S. Army employee pleaded guilty on Tuesday to acting as an unregistered agent of Israel and admitted he gave classified documents to the Jewish state in the 1980s.

Court documents show the defendant, Ben-Ami Kadish, reported to the same handler as Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel in the 1980s and triggered a scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli relations.

Kadish's plea indicates the Israeli spy network that obtained U.S. nuclear secrets through Pollard spread further than previously acknowledged.

It comes as the Bush administration considers a new request by Pollard for a commutation of his life sentence.

Prosecutors say Ben-Ami Kadish provided classified documents, including some relating to U.S. missile defense systems, to an Israeli agent, Yosef Yagur, who photographed the documents at Kadish's residence.

Yagur was one of Pollard's handlers, according to court documents.

From 1980 to 1985, Yagur asked Kadish to obtain classified documents, which Kadish retrieved from the U.S. Army's Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, according to Kadish's sworn statement.

Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, is serving life in prison term after pleading guilty to spying for Israel in 1986. His case has led Jews in the United States and Israel to plea for clemency and a new request by Pollard is under Bush administration review.

Israel gave Pollard citizenship in 1996 and acknowledged he was one of its spies in 1998.

Though the United States and Israel are close allies, the Pollard case revealed how the thirst for intelligence trumped that friendship.

Kadish, a Connecticut-born U.S. citizen, faces a maximum of five years in prison at his February 13 sentencing in federal court in Manhattan but it is possible he will not serve any time.

Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum of six months and prosecutors said they would not oppose a sentence without jail time, according to his plea agreement.

He had been free on bail since shortly after his arrest in April on four counts of conspiracy and espionage as a result of an investigation that began in 2005.

The Israeli embassy had no immediate comment.

Kadish used his security clearance to borrow 50 to 100 classified documents from the arsenal's library, including some "concerning nuclear weaponry" and others relating to a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet that the United States had sold to an unidentified country, the complaint said.

A third pertained to the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system.

(Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Vicki Allen)

© Thomson Reuters 2008 All rights reserved


(3) Gilad Atzmon - Eine Kleine Nacht Murder: How Israeli Leaders Kill for their People's Votes

From: Kristoffer Larsson Date: 30.12.2008 07:52 AM

Gilad Atzmon - Eine Kleine Nacht Murder: How Israeli Leaders Kill for their People's Votes

By Gilad Atzmon • Dec 29th, 2008 at 13:17 • Category: Analysis, Gilad Atzmon, Gilad's Choice, Israel, Newswire, Our Authors, Palestine, Religion, War, Zionism

In order to grasp the latest devastating murderous Israeli expedition in Gaza one must deeply comprehend the Israeli identity and its inherent hatred towards anyone who fails to be Jewish and a hatred against Arabs in particular. This hatred is imbued in the Israeli curriculum, it is preached by political leaders and implied by their acts, it is conveyed by cultural figures, even within the so-called ‘Israeli Left’.

I grew up in Israel in the 1970’s people of my generation are nowadays the leaders of the Israeli army, politics, economy, academia and the arts. We were trained to believe that ‘a good Arab is a dead one’. A few weeks before I joined the IDF in the early 1980’s, General Rafael Eitan, the Chief of Staff at the time announced that the “Arabs were stoned cockroaches in a bottle”. He got away with it, he also got away with the murder of many thousands of Lebanese civilians in the 1st Lebanon war. In a word, Israelis manage to get away with murder.

Luckily enough, and for reasons that are still far beyond my comprehension, at a certain stage I woke up out of that Hebraic lethal dream. At one point I left the Jewish state, I evaded the Jewish hate mongering, I had become an opponent of the Jewish state and any other form of Jewish politics. However, I am utterly convinced that it is my primary duty to inform every being that is willing to listen about that which are we up against.

As much as Zionism was there to transform Jews, and by “giving them a State of their own” make them like any other people, it failed miserably. The Israeli barbarism as we have seen this week and too many times before is far beyond bestiality. It is killing for the sake of killing. And it is indiscriminate.

Not many people in the west are aware of the devastating fact that killing Arabs and Palestinians in particular is a very effective Israeli political recipe. The Israelis are indeed confused people. As much as they insist upon seeing themselves as a ‘Shalom seeking’[1] nation, they also love to be led by politicians with an astonishing record of unlawful murderous activity. Whether it was Sharon, Rabin, Begin, Shamir or Ben Gurion, Israelis love their ‘democratically elected leaders’ to be belligerent hawks with their hands dripping with blood and backed by a solid record of crimes against humanity.

We are weeks before an election in Israel and as it seems, both Kadima PM candidate Foreign minister Tzipi Livni and Labour PM candidate Defence minister Ehud Barak, are trailing well behind Likud PM candidate the notorious Hawk Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu. Livni and Barak need their little war. They must prove to the Israelis that they know how to engage in mass slaughter.

Both Livni and Barak have to provide the Israeli voter with some real exhibition of devastating carnage, so the Israelis can trust their leadership. This is their only chance against Netanyahu. Seemingly, Livni and Barak are throwing tons of bombs on Palestinian civilians, schools and hospitals because this is exactly what the Israelis want to see.

Unfortunately, Israelis are not known for mercy and grace. Instead they are appeased by retaliation and vengeance, they are cheered by their own limitless brutality. When an Ex-Israeli Air Force Chief Commander Dan Halutz was asked how it feels to drop a bomb on a highly populated neighbourhood in Gaza, his answer was short and precise. ‘It feels like a light bump on the right wing’. Dan Halutz’s cold deadly manner was enough to secure his promotion into the IDF Chief of Staff post shortly thereafter. It was General Halutz who led the Israeli army into the second Lebanon war, it was this man who perpetrated the destruction of Lebanese infrastructure and large parts of Beirut.

Seemingly, in Israeli politics, Arab blood is translated into votes. It would obviously be very reasonable to charge Livni, Barak and the current IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi with first-degree murder, crimes against humanity and the obvious breach of the Geneva Convention. But it would be far more intelligible to take into account that Israel is a ‘democracy’. Livni, Barak and Ashkenazi are giving the Israeli people that which they want: it is called Arab blood and it must come in vast quantity. This repetitive murderous practice, conducted by Israeli politicians reflects on the Israeli people as a whole rather than just a few politicians and generals. We are dealing here with a barbarian society that is politically driven by bloodthirstiness and lethal inclinations. There should be no mistake, there is no room for these people amongst nations.

Why the Israeli are people so remote from any notion of humanism is a big question. The generous and naïve humanists amongst us may argue that the Shoah left a big scar in the Israeli soul. This may explain why Israelis are obsessively cultivating that very memory with the support of their Diaspora brothers and sisters. The Israelis say ‘never again’ and what they mean is that Auschwitz should never reoccur, this somehow allows them to punish the Palestinian for the crimes committed by the Nazis. The realistic amongst us do not buy this argument anymore. They start now to admit that it is more than possible that the Israelis are so incredibly brutal just because this is how they are. It goes far beyond rationality or pseudo-analytical assumptions. They say, ‘this is what the Israelis are and there is not much we can do about it anymore’. The realistic amongst us come to admit that killing is how the Israelis interpret the meaning of being Jewish. Gravely, many of us come to admit that there is no alternative humanist secular Jewish value system to replace the Hebraic murderous one. The Jewish state is there to prove that Jewish national autonomy is an inhuman concept.

I grew up in post-1967 Israel. I was raised in the wake of the Israeli mythical victory, we were trained to worship the “Israeli who shoots from the hip” the platoon commando who shoots his Uzi automatic rifle in the direction of the Arabs and manages to win against four armies in just six days.

It may have taken me two decades too long to understand that the Israeli who ‘shoots from the hip’, was actually the master of indiscriminate killing. Barak was one of those 1967 heroes, he was a master indiscriminate killer. Apparently, the Israeli cabinet has just approved his plan for the biggest raid on Gaza since 1967. Livni is more or less my age, as we read the news, she internalised the message. She is now accumulating the necessary credentials as an indiscriminate murderer. Both Barak and Livni are taking Israel and Palestine into an election campaign of slaughter. Arab and Palestinian blood is the fuel of Israeli politics.

I may just suggest to Livni and Barak that it may not help them in the polls. Netanyahu is a genuine authentic hawk. He doesn’t have to pretend to be a murderer, and as much as I despise him, he has yet to take Israel into a war. He probably understands better than them what power of deterrence is all about.

[1] Do not confuse ‘shalom’ with ‘peace’ or ‘salam’. While peace and salam refer to reconciliation and compromise, shalom means security to the Jewish people on the expense of their surrounding environment.

SEE video here that Gilad Atzmon discovered revealing the great humanitarian Elie Wiesel as well as other videos with Gilad on

Why does the US media show so much support for Israeli genocide in the Middle East? Why do US Christians (like the ones posting on Constance Cumbey's blog) support genocide in the Middle East? Is it possible that the War on Terror is being staged only to push the global governance agenda? Bush's Wars on Iraq and Afghanistan clearly violate UN and Iternational Law. Many from the US "left" have organized protests and petitions around their goal of taking Bush and Cheney before the International Communitarian Criminal Court. Obama supporters are convinced he will be different from the Bush Administration, even as Obama surrounds himself with Staff and Advisers who are openly Militant Zionists. VP elect Joe Biden co-wrote the Iraqi partition plan with Communitarian Network founder Amitai Etzioni. And, Dr. Etzioni is an invited, respected speaker at International forums on the Iraq War. The same people starting the wars are offering the solutions. Apparently, a LOT of people must be sacrificed for the global, sustainable common good. All Hail Queen Beatrix and her Nazi royal family!

Gaza: It's Terrorism, it's Slaughter. Crime can be reported

WRITTEN BY Pino Cabras - Megachip
Translated by Diego Traversa and Revised by Mary Rizzo for
"In the days of the atrocious massacre in Gaza, horror inevitably focuses on the images and the voices of the victims. They are tiny fragments that don’t help complete the picture of the tragedy yet. It’s hard to understand and reflect while such a disaster is underway. Yet, we are required to, in order to reconstruct the facts and the context."

There is obviously more than one side to the Middle Eastern crisis. In a free society where freedom of the press really exists, citizens are exposed to all relevant, well-presented opinions and analysis. The choice to read and vote intelligently rests upon the common people whose taxes pay for all foreign policies. Why does the US tolerate information gatekeepers? Why are we only exposed to the Zionists' Judeo-Christian messianic propaganda when the Israelis continue to steal vital US military secrets? How large is Pollard's spy network in the US? How many of these agents for a foreign power are low-level operatives disguised as major contributors to the Patriot Christian groups? Who runs the agenda for people like Alex Jones and Constance Cumbey, Americans who purportedly "expose" the New Age and the NWO? The Fusionist borg? Who is "Dorothy from Kansas" at American Counter-Revolution, and why is she making sure Constance Cumbey never once discussed communitarianism on her blog after she invited me as a guest on two of her shows? The purpose for inviting me was not to learn more about communitarianism, it appears to have been to subject me and my ACL work to public ridicule and slander for my principled stand aganist political Zionism.

The VERY LAST THING the Zionist borg wants the world to understand is their religious theory called communitarianism, and how it leads us all into global governance.

Show your support for a global free press! Start by helping Palestinian journalists travel outside their Israeli controlled concentration/death camps:

Monday, December 29, 2008

Radio interview with Constance Cumbey, Tuesday, Dec 30, 8pm EST

"The ideals of Zionism have, in the last half century, been endorsed by both parties, and Americans of all ranks and in all sections. Friendship for Israel is not a partisan matter. It is a national commitment.” (President John F. Kennedy, Speech August 25, 1960,

As the "debate" rages on over at Constance's blog over whether I am a credible source for information about communitarianism or
not, Constance and I will be on the air discussing communitarianism again tomorrow.

The accusations expanded to calling my blog a soap opera (which is too funny because all I did was repost what they were saying here!) and also a New Ager because I endorse the Earthing Technology. So all new technology that exists outside the established medical "community" is considered New Age? People are doing searches for "Niki Raapana Stormfront" because they just can't believe I'm not some Aryan white supremacist hiding behind... well I'm still not sure what I'm supposed to be hiding behind. Some people hate it that I use jewishtribalreview as a source, and other people hate it that I use Christians and Jews and Muslims as sources. I'd say what's happening at Constance's blog is a good example of why the topic of communitarianism remains so obscured from the world. Nobody wants to accept their religion or political party's part in establishing a communitarian global order. What a great plan, eh?

Robert Kennedy visited British Palestine in 1948 and wrote several articles for a Boston paper about his experiences there. In the close of this article, posted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, he suggested the US, "
through the UN must take the lead in bringing about peace in the Holy Land." Did Kennedy meet up with Amitai Etzioni when he travelled with the "underground" Haganah?

"The Jews on the other hand believe that in a few more years, if a Jewish state is formed, it will be the only stabilizing factor remaining in the Near and Middle East. The Arab world is made up of many disgruntled factions which would have been at each other's throats long ago if it had not been for the common war against Zionism. The United States and Great Britain before too long a time might well be looking to a Jewish state to preserve a toehold in that part of the world.

"Both sides still hate the British far more deeply than they hate one another. There was a British high commissioner who when attending the opera used to have his car parked directly in front of the main door, a place usually reserved for discharging passengers. An even more unpopular practice was the regulation that at the end of the opera everyone had to remain in their seats until the British high commissioner was out of the opera house and in his car.

"But the British have left - and now the issue is to be resolved in a bitter war between Jew and Arab. I do not think the freedom-loving nations of the world can stand by and see "the sweet water of the River Jordan stained red with the blood of Jews and Arabs." The United States through the United Nations must take the lead in bringing about peace in the Holy Land."

Caroline Kennedy is hoping to take over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat and has reportedly told Press TV she "strongly supports a safe and secure Israel." When asked whether she would support an Israeli air strike on Iran, Kennedy said "Israel's security decisions should be left to Israel."
"Kennedy's stance toward Israel suggests that she has decided not to follow in the footstep of her late father, president John F. Kennedy, who enraged Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion over Tel Aviv's nuclear ambitions.

"Ben-Gurion, who ruled Israel from its inception in 1948 until he resigned on June 16, 1963, was convinced that Tel Aviv needed nuclear weapons to ensure its survival.

"President Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, was dead-set against Israel becoming a nuclear power."
Congressman Ron Paul disagrees with Caroline's assessment of Israel's security:

"Paul: I don't think there is such a thing as an independent Israel doing anything, because I think no matter what they do its our money, its our weapons, and their not going to do it without us approving it and if they get into trouble we're going to bail them out, so there is no separation between the two."

S. posted this link in my comments here and it certainly deserves my attention.
"Troen structures his work chronologically, moving from the earliest Jewish settlements in the last third of the 19th century to the present. He argues that what characterized the early Jewish settlements was their communitarian, anti-individualist impulse. It is this desire to create communities that Troen stresses and analyzes in depth in the first part of his work. He calls these settlements "miniature commonwealths" or, following the Puritans, "covenantal societies." His invocation of the Puritans is not accidental. While he acknowledges that most accounts of early Zionist settlement trace the communitarian impulse back to European socialist or communist roots, Troen argues that Zionist communal thinking had its origins in the "religious experience, imaginations, and predilections of early planners and pioneers"(p. 6)."

As another commentor here says, the "Communitarian Party" has a website now. They include many religious views, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and post things like: "For several years, on many fronts, champions of greater responsibility to the community have become something of a new force in American life. They think of themselves as "communitarians," though so far there is no registry of communitarians and no formal association. Nevertheless, their influence is real enough, and so are their objectives: to evolve public policies, moral norms, and regulatory guidelines that will correct what they perceive as excessive, "radical" individualism." This Christian Democracy Diagram (on the left) was posted by the blog's author as "helpful when trying to explain to people where I stand."

Maybe I need to design a new diagram that helps explain where I stand.

I made this chart called
Big Mother's Gameplan: Checkmate sometime back in 2003 (maybe, not sure exactly when). Not that I expect it will help the people who insist on creating their own labels for me. For the record, I'm that little block on the bottom labeled "uncooperatives." Notice how close I am to being stomped on by the faith based initatives.

What's abundantly clear to me now is, according to certain watchdogs, I am not
allowed to use any resourses or link to anyone they deem unnaceptable. If I link to someone they mistrust it means they don't have to consider anything else I write. How utterly convienent for the communitarian globalists.

Funny how my British readers never seem to be offended or insist I'm stiring up hate for the English people when I expose the British Empire's role in creating global governance (the new accepted term). Reminds me of when I was told by a Sandanista Nicaraguan in 1984 that he didn't hate the American people, he just hated our imperialist government and their CIA-Mossad mercenary policies in Central America.

Community vs. Democracy: Communitarian Theories and the Israeli Settlers

As an American who knows virtually nothing about Israeli politics or struggles, this paper provided me with a rare, brief glimpse into the Settlers' war against the Israeli state and the Arab Palestinians. It's also interesting that the "father" of American Communitarianism was a German born immigrant raised and trained as a soldier in an Israeli kibbutz settlement, yet his input into the "moral dialogue" is not included in this paper. This paper focuses on Taylor and MacIntyre and neglects to mention Martin Buber, the Israeli philosopher who coined the modern terms for moral communitarianism and then taught it to his pupils, including Amitai Etzioni.
Community vs. Democracy: Communitarian Theories and the Israeli Settlers Prepared for delivery at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 28 - August 31, 2003. Copyright by the American Political Science Association. presented by Avia Pasternak, MA The Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ## email not listed ##

The communitarian critique of liberal thought, which defied the liberal conception of the autonomous subject and the neutrality of the liberal political sphere, attracted much criticism for its vagueness in what regards the practical implications of communitarian politics. More specifically, critics of communitarianism argue that communitarian philosophers, when shaping their proposed political model around a rather obscure definition of the community, do not consider the possibility that ‘ communities’ may have some negative implications as well, if they impede individual autonomy. Accordingly, these philosophers fail to provide a sufficient explanation as to how the political models they propose can be disassociated from anti-democratic communities. 1 This paper aims at reinforcing such a critique on communitarian thought by comparing the communitarian theory with the praxis of an actual community. Focusing on the thought of Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre it strives to show that there are distinct similarities between these philosophers’ ontological premises and those of the Israeli Settlers, 2 and that such similarities raise doubts as to level of {2} compatibility between the political solutions suggested by Taylor and MacIntyre and the modern democratic order. The paper begins by analyzing Taylor’s and MacIntyre’s ontological premises and argues that their critiques of liberal thought rest on a similar perception of the modern subject, which consists of two competing manifestations: the Atomist-Self and the Communitarian-Self. Both philosophers condemn the image of the Atomist- Self and the moral neutrality of the liberal political sphere it leads to. They argue that in order to assist the Communitarian-Self in overcoming her deficient rival, modern politics ought to reintroduce fundamental moral questions to the life of the modern individual, and thus reawaken her communitarian qualities. Nevertheless, albeit Taylor and MacIntyre argue that the political remedies they offer will solve the malaise of modern political order, namely its lack of democratic participation, I argue that these political remedies can in fact have some anti- democratic implications as well, when applied to reality. However, since neither philosopher discloses with clarity what real-world communities accommodate his theoretical conjectures, the paper proceeds to examine Taylor’s and MacIntyre’s conjectures by juxtaposing them with the Israeli Settlers’ worldview. This comparison is conducted through a text analysis of the Settlers’ periodical Nekudah. It focuses on the year 1995, in which many of the Settlers openly defied the democratic order in Israel, a defiance which reached its tragic culmination with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Thus, by comparing the Settlers’ ontological premises to those of Taylor and MacIntyre, the paper discloses the distinct similarity between the communitarian dual image of the subject and the Settlers’ portrayal of the self. However, contrary to MacIntyre’s and Taylor’s predictions, the Settlers draw some {3} clearly anti-democratic conclusions from these very premises, thus attesting to the anti-democratic potential embedded in the communitarian image of the self.

1 Buchanan Allen, "Assessing the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism” Ethics, 98(3), 867; Phillips Derek, Looking Backward (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 7-8; Holmes Stephan, The Anatomy of Anti-Liberalism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993), 178.

2 The Israeli Settlers are Israeli-Jews who reside in settlements in the occupied territories (Gaza Strip and the West Bank). They are motivated by a strong religious ideology, claiming that the settling of the biblical Land of Israel is a divine commandment; and hence they strongly object any territorial concessions to the Palestinians.

(From pages 14 and 15): The Settlers’ ideology originates in the political and theological premises of their founding movement, Gush Emunim (The Block of the Faithful). In a nutshell, Gush Emunim was the offspring of Rabbi A.Y. Kook’s Religious Zionism, which composed a unique dialectic combination between Zionism and Judaism, claiming that Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel signified the first stage of the heavenly redemption of the Jewish People. 60 Rabbi Kook’s son, Zvi Yehuda, gave a more radical and material tone to his father’s metaphysical teachings, placing special emphasis on the sanctity of the Land of Israel and preaching for the retrieval of all the ancient Jewish biblical land-patrimonies, then under Egyptian and Jordanian rule. The Israeli dazzling victory of the Six-Days 1967 War, which resulted in the occupation of Eastern-Jerusalem, Sinai, Gaza and the West Bank, conferred a prophetic validity to his preachings. This henceforward led to the establishment of Gush Emunim, whose declared purpose was to hasten the redemption of Israel, via the settling of the Promised Land. 62 Gush Emunim’s principal guidelines were, mainly, the belief in the sanctity of the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah (Pentateuch); the belief that our age, that of the unification of Israel with its Land, is the age of Messianic redemption; the perceiving of the State of Israel as a sanctified manifestation of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel; and a total refusal to discuss territorial concessions to the Palestinians, together with the denial of Palestinian rights over the land. More generally, Gush Emunim viewed itself as the natural heir of secular Zionism, which had lost its momentum due to its secular flaws.

(Page 25) Yehuda Etzion’s Hai Vekayam 'identity card' reads: "Even 120 Knesset members – as well as elections or referenda – cannot change the People’s truth. The Land is a bequest for the people and its generations. It is a trust in our hands, which one generation does not have the authority to desert and destroy", quoted in: Sprinzak, Brother Against Brother 224. Etzion is a convicted member of the Jewish Underground, which committed terror acts against Palestinians and planned to blow-up the Mosques on Temple Mount in 1984.

Read the whole paper at

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Winter camping in 33 below F and the Barefoot Revolution

One of the biggest challenges to winter camping, or even just prolonged recreation in sub-zero temperatures, is the strain it puts on our bodies. My mandatory daily chores are cutting and hauling wood for my fire, and then keeping it going. Every couple days I haul 2 seven gallon buckets of water from Tim's on my cart or a sled. I drag it into my kitchen and once inside I pour portions of it into my stove pans and use the rest to top off my drinking/freshwater container. I dip water pitchers in these to fill my sink pans and my coffepot, etc. (and I forgot to list water pitchers as very essential tools in my supply list I posted here earlier this month). I haul my dirty sink water outside in an old 5 gallon metal milking can for my "drain." Then my honey bucket has to be dumped in the outhouse about 50 yards away, as often as needed. (I'm using an old Army cooler this winter and with plastic bags inside it's a heck of a lot easier to keep it clean.) Then there's the dogs' daily upkeep, which includes soaking their feed in a bucket of hot water first and delivering it to them once it's warm. (In the summer I fill their water cans every day but in the winter it freezes before they can drink it.)

The reason I live this way is so that I can research and write full time. Lately I've been so cold, tired and wore out after doing just a couple things that I didn't have the energy left to do much ACL work. I was starting to have a weird numbness on my lower left side and in both my hands. I began to wonder if I hadn't had a slight stroke or something. My back has been killing me for months even though I am fairly strong for my size and used to lifting with my legs. Every day it's been progressively harder to get up and start my daily routine all over again. I try to stretch and dance a little every day, and that used to be enough. I also lose my appetite when I'm alone and some days I totally forget to eat unless there's easy muchies at hand. I've been living in tents on and off since January 2002. I've been thinking that maybe I'm getting too old for this rural camping lifestyle I chose and wondering what it will take for me to readapt to living in an urban ghetto and working full time for pay so I could afford rent on a "real" place.

I've also been getting slammed lately for not talking or writing about my "faith." The fact that I don't call Jesus the "king" and I call the Talmud a foreign concept that has no place in American politics is all making the religious people nervous. One lady at Constance's blog wondered if I "pray" before I write. Some are saying that they cannot trust me as a source of information because I don't claim a spiritual existence that jives with their concept of God. I tried to explain it once in an article but apparently it didn't really explain much about what I "believe."

The idea that I have to preach salvation, follow a book I don't trust or go to a church with people I don't respect to "prove" I have a spiritual side is pretty amazing to me. My relationship with my creator is in everything I think and do. I believe our thoughts and deeds are what brings us into harmony with the universe. I don' trust the New Age concepts of God any more than I trust a book written by Caballists. I'm not seeking a spiritual path that can be found in any book. I don't want to be a preacher and I don't want to be preached to. But I DO pray, all the time to whatever good source motivated me to follow my own path. I ask for daily guidance, I do an inventory of my actions and thoughts and deeds, and occassionally I just cry for the people suffering in the religious wars and beg for their protection. I don't have a "name" for my creator, all I know is I have one who expects me to do my best every day to overcome my flaws and show up in life and do whatever is put before me. I don't lie, I don't cheat, I don't steal, I don't get welfare or food stamps, I don't maim or murder or covet other people's things. And every time I hit a low point, when I'm ready to quit the ACL and let the world figure out communitarianism without my assistance, something wonderful and right happens to set me back on track.

This time it came in the form of a new technology called the Barefoot Revolution.

I've been sleeping on my donated Earthing pad www.livingearthed.comnow for the past five nights, ever since I learned the snow would work as a grounding for it. I pulled back the wall insulation by my bed and shoved the rod out into the snowbank. And now, I'm so grateful, I'm sleeping so much better and the numbness is gone from my left side and hands. My back barely hurts, my stamia is increasing and I've been doing a lot more every day (including new research and videos!). I feel so good one of my friends asked me during a phone conversation two days ago why I was so peppy and cheerful. When I told him I'm recconecting with the earth's natural electrons he understood it immediately and said "yeah, I always feel better when I walk outside in my bare feet." (He also wants to order an Earthpad for himself now..heh.)

So I'd like to publically say thank-you to Barefoot Bob. Your generous donation is an answer to my prayers for better health and endurance. I'm guessing there may be an Iditarod musher or two who might want to try this on the trail next spring.

Reform in the "Fourth Branch": The Federal Administrative Procedure Act of 1946

Thanks to Pete for sending this link!

Grisinger, J. , 2003-08-27 "Reform in the 'Fourth Branch': The Federal Administrative Procedure Act of 1946" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <.PDF>. 2008-10-10 from
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The history of the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, which established minimum standards of procedure for federal agencies and commissions, has often been told as a story about New Deal politics and a conservative Congress, or about elite lawyers protecting their own professional interests. However, the movement for a code of administrative procedure was part of a longer debate about the proper balance between efficiency and the rule of law, and between public power and private right. By the late 1930s, both supporters and opponents of administrative government turned away from external judicial controls on the administrative process, and toward internal reforms. This paper examines how the terms of this debate changed, and why a focus on procedural reform emerged in the judicial, legislative, and executive branches in the 1930s.

In other ACL news

I've been attacked as an antiSemitic at Constance Cumbey's blog. The thread (which now has 188 comments) had pretty much ignored the topic of communitarianism, although there were a few positive comments, until Dorothy (no last name) sidetracked everyone into discussing my personal religious beliefs and my possible hidden agenda. This is just a partial paste of some of the comments left there for me:

When I looked at the links on her website, it was clear that her agenda extended much further than anti-communitarianism.

is an example of the ugliest kind of antisemitism.

US Law In The Balance
By Niki Raapana

The term homeland was used in the 1930s to describe a position of the Austrian Minister Zernatto who negotiated terms with the Nazis.

Today it is the term used, By the Nasi of Sanhedrin, the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidim who control the Whitehouse.


Of the RED Sofiet Talmudic Edomites of Hell, the Hasidim from the Russian City of Lubavitch, formed by the RED Edomites sent from jew York, Lenin and Trotsky the jews who fomented the TERROR Revolution which eventually MURDERED over 60 million Russians in the same anti-Christ Noahide scheme of Talmud Bavli unto the Dragon they serve


1:37 AM

A commentor about her post:

I checked out the link that you posted regarding Niki Raapana. If she wrote that stuff it's very disgusting. Much more disgusting in my opinion than the fact that Gary Kah used Eustace Mullin as a source of info about the CFR in his book.

I am hoping we'll find out that her words were copied and pasted into the article but that someone else interjected the anti-semetism.

Calling Jesus a kike is also way over the top. I can't believe she would say that, though I actually never heard of her until Constance invited her as a guest on the Microeffect.

I hope Constance can provide an explanation for the article as I am very troubled by it.

She may have good information on communitarianism, but that's completely unacceptable language.

10:50 AM

Another commentor responds:


I have found what appear to be two different versions of the "same" article by Raapana:

1. (dated 4-16-07)

2. (dated 4-28-07)

Both carry the title "US Law in the Balance"

What's going on here?

11:08 AM

And another:
Young Grasshopper said...


Someone may be trying to make Niki Rapaana look bad.

If you compare the News with Views article she says:

"The term homeland was used in the 1930s to describe a position of the Austrian Minister Zernatto who negotiated terms with the Nazis. Today homeland is a Russian political party and is also used to describe all of Russia. "

ON the site that Dorothy directed us to and which I read, she supposedly says:

"The term homeland was used in the 1930s to describe a position of the Austrian Minister Zernatto who negotiated terms with the Nazis.Today it is the term used, By the Nasi of Sanhedrin, the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidim who control the Whitehouse"

Thanks anonymous 11:08 for bringing this to our attention. We needed to see that!

11:21 AM

And another:
Dorothy, I read the link you provided on Niki. I found it difficult to follow what all she was trying to say but it was very evident she was making some very ugly remarks. Prejudice and racism in any form is unbecoming. There is evil in the heart of every man, and no one group is responsible for all that ails the world. I wonder what she will have to say for her position.

Young Grasshopper comes back with this:
Please go back and read what I wrote at 11:13. Apparently someone injected their own remarks between Niki's words. That site is quite different from the News with Views version of the article that anonymous 11:08 pointed us to.

Dorothy finally explains her opinion of me (and why Constance stopped studying communitarianism):
Back in June of 2007 I sent Constance many links showing Raapana's links to antisemitic websites. I had forgotten about this until the last few days.

No, someone didn't distort her column. Based on her other connections, she probably just cleaned it up. Go a little deeper with your research and you'll find
much stink.


11:48 AM

Then David says:
How do you even pronounce something like Noahide-whatever? Is communtarianism synonymous with Satanism? For many, many years cities throughout the U.S. have always used a form communitarianism. Emminent Domain has been used by cities to force homeowners off their properties for the sake of progress. Or like in most communities homeowners have to maintain their lawns and shovel the sidewalks in front of their houses. So, this isn't that new of a concept.

I'm a bit skeptical of some of the info from Niki Raapana because community discussions are sometimes just a form of democratic participation that allows ordinary citizens to feel like they have a say in their community(even if it's just an illusion). I just don't buy that every neighborhood meeting is a plot to take over the world.

David in Battle Creek

2:05 PM

I posted a reply after one of the posters emailed me about where the thread was going:
This is Niki Raapana.

Thank you Rudi for alerting me to the accusations of antiSemitism being used to define me and my work. It should be obvious I did not write the version posted at noahidenews. As for the accusation that I have any association with Stormfront, they've accused me of being an "obvious Jewish shill."

I think it's pretty funny that nobody here was all that interested in discussing communitarianism but the possibility that I may be some kind of racist Jew hater brought the attention back on me and my work. Not actually "my" work, not my thesis, not anything about the hundreds of topic pages at the ACL, or the hundreds of blog posts I've made at nikiraapana.blogspot.

Oh no. Instead I'm being asked to "explain" myself to this group who is basing their negative opinion on a plagiarized, edited and expanded article posted at an overzealous freaked out Christian website. How convienent is that?

As an investigative journalist I have included links to all kinds of websites that I don't agree with and have no association with. I'm not trying to protect my readers and I don't refrain from linking to any opinion on the topics I study.

I am ANTI communitarian, and yet I link to hundreds of communitarians to prove my point. Does that mean I'm a "closet" communitarian too?

The charge of antiSemitism coming before any real response to my published, unrebutted, original thesis about the roots of communitarianism is not altogether suprising. This is not the first time this has happened. There's always a gatekeeper on every site who makes sure that my real work is never discussed.

Amitai Etzioni, the founder of the Communitarian Network, is a former Palmach commando from Israel. In order to understand his theory of shoring up the moral, social and policical foundations in the USA, I had to study what he studied. If studying the relevancy of Talmudic Law and Miltant Zionism makes me an antiSemitic, then you should probably add antiChristian, antiBahai, antiIslamic and antiPagan to your slander of me, since I now include controversial research on all these religions.

I honestly don't care what Dorothy thinks of me or my work. If Constance decides to cancel the next show based on hysterical false accusations, that's her right. As a full time volunteer who's been at this for ten years now, I've learned that no matter what I say or how I say it, people only hear what they choose to hear. Few care enough to study it for themselves. Why bother to try to understand exactly what the communitarian agenda is? It's only the religious and legal theory that will "change" the world. Communitarianism blends all the world's religions into one big happy global spirituality, and I already know most "believers" will refuse to admit the role their own religious leaders plays in global harmonization. The communitarians count on it.

Amitai Etzioni studied Kabbalah under Martin Buber when the IDF assigned him to become an academic "guru" of the US movement in 1950. His name in Hebrew means "Tree of Knowledge from Zion." His website calls him the "everything expert."

My work is anti supra national integration, and maybe your time would be better spent learning what that means rather than scouring the internet looking for proof of my hate for the Jews. I study the Jewish state because the Zionists hold high level advisory positions in my White House. Our ACL webhost is a Jewish woman who has never once asked me to take anything down since we built the site in 2003, and I asked her to read the topic pages dealing with her religion in case she found anything offensive. I used to care you see, I never wanted to write anything that would hurt anybody, especially friends. But I quickly figured out the real WAR. It's a War on Words, it's a war on truth and information. Now when I find a topic that's "taboo" I understand why they made it so.

Anyway, sorry to disrupt your discussion here. It was never my intention to intrude on your group.

Constance, I will not hold you to any arrangements we made if it will hurt you to do so. I also will not think less of you or your work if you change your mind. We all have to make choices when we go down the dark trail that leads to the emerging synthesis of ideas. I made the choice to consider everything because Etzioni is the expert on everything; he left me no choice.

3:12 PM

Then Dorthy shows her true motives and threatens to bring out the big guns.
I guess I'll have to post the other information I've gathered about you as well as information about your links which you puffed up with neutral names. I didn't want to do this.


3:27 PM

Then I'm shown how irritating my response was to some readers:
Mrs. Rappana writes:

"It should be obvious I did not write the version posted at noahidenews"

Mrs Raapan,

It wasn't obvious to me. It was confusing.

Then why is the distorted article still there? What serious journalist would allow such dangerous misquoting, endangering one's reputation, to remain on a website unchallenged?

Please help the "less bright" among us to understand.

3:31 PM

Then the topic of communitarianism actually started coming into the conversation:
I would like to add that when you look at the type of community involvement proposed by Obama, this is exactly the type of communitarianism that Niki refers to. This is what REALLY freaks me out by what she reports on. It is difficult to decipher all of the points she makes because she puts out a lot of information.

David in Battle Creek

3:33 PM

So then Dorothy makes her demands and accuses me of using David Icke tactics:
You use your own name. Why don't you ask your Jewish advisor to use her own name and post here. We can then see how close she is to the Jewish community.

David Icke uses the same tactic and claimed to have Jewish support for one of his ugly books, given on the back cover. I contacted the synagogues in the area these people lived in and followed up. It was not as he claimed it was.

I'm no innocent when it comes to information about the New Age movement or antisemitism. Over the years I've grown very cynical, and right now I'm very cynical about your comments.


3:36 PM

And anonymous chimes in with:
To Tent Lady (Niki Raapana):

Constance Cumbey answers to no one in regard to who she has on her radio show and that includes Dorothy and the participants of this blog, and probably even her husband. She is a lady who makes her own decisions.

Dorothy is a respected researcher who has been at this game as long as Cumbey. She has a track record that speaks for itself. Her opinion in these matters should be worth a great deal to you.

Legitimate questions have been raised based on contradictory material that is out there about you and your work. You should answer the questions.

If the allegations are false, and you have nothing to hide, calmly knock them on the head and clarify things.

Your post smacks of "hysteria" which makes me skeptical about your objectivity and, in turn, the validity of your research.

Sorry if you find what I say offensive but I have a mind as logical as my convictions are strong.

3:48 PM

Then I'm thrashed for being a non-believer:
I just spent the last few hours perusing Niki Raapana's site, and I feel compelled to say what's in my heart.

Although Dorothy and I have not been in agreement much lately, I must reluctantly concur with Dorothy's assessment of this site. This link in particular made me feel very uncomfortable:

She discusses her own religious beliefs here and gets into the same sort of International Jew theories that I got skewered over a few months ago right here on this blog for mentioning a certain name which I won't mention again. There is something about her that makes me feel distrustful, and I think it may have something to do with her stated lack of faith. I always pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance before I post anything on my blog,as I do not wish to say anything that is against God. Does Nikki pray before she writes these things? While I agree with many of the connections she has made, there is also a part of me that believes that there is a key element missing here, regarding identifying the ULTIMATE enemy,and although some of the players overlap, I think that is intentional. I stated in an earlier remark that I believe there are two distinct groups that are vying for power and world dominance. I wish I could prove it but I can't.

I don't wish to say anything else other than that I hope Constance will continue to stay grounded in the Holy Spirit when choosing guests for her show.

There is something about Nikki's site that troubles me and perhaps it can be summed up in this last paragraph which is taken from the American Thinker article that MAC linked to at the top of this thread:

"Let us, please, stop playing the game of our enemies. During the ghastliness of Stalinism, in the horrors of the Holocaust, those good people who clung to the Judeo-Christian values and beliefs instinctively understood that the enemy of Jews was also the enemy of Christians and that the enemy of Christians was also the enemy of Jews. Nothing has changed. Nothing ever will change. Jews and Christians will always be hated by those who love evil. Look around you today. The Gospel and the Torah are equally loathed by those whose hearts are loathsome. In this season of lights, I pray that Christians and Jews love each other more purely and see real evil more clearly. This is a Hannukah wish and a Christmas prayer."

9:21 PM

Dorothy comes and restates my "agenda" as antiSemitism:
Knowing Constance, I'm pretty sure Niki Raapana will be on Tuesday's radio show. As another poster said, Constance will do what she wants to do. I'm posting this and probably other comments so others will have an opportunity to review her work. I will be putting it out in several comments because those who don't want it read will swamp the thread. While the links she posted make it pretty clear where she stands, I will add other sources.

OK Let's look at both sides of Niki Raapana. There is no doubt that she is intelligent, but intelligence doesn't always lead to a message that can be trusted to be truthful. The wrong use of human intelligence can be very destructive to peace in the community.

A while back I said cults use a technique called information overload. It's where so much "information" is jammed into a short period of time and an individual is told he needs to make a decision as to whether to accept or deny and making the wrong decision will be disasterous.

I don't know whether NK uses this tactic deliberately or by chance. Read this old NWV column to see what I mean.
After you've read the column, what do you actually know about communitarianism that will relate directly to what is going in the world around you. A jumble of details doesn't make a logical statement. Almost anything going in the world can fit into those broad generalizations. Yet, the reaction probably will be "I want to know more because I don't want to be left out" rather than "This doesn't really make sense."

Now go to
a very large website whose agenda is a complication of everything negative that can be found about Jews and the Jewish community, bragging a research section of over 7,360 articles and opinion pieces.
Here Raapana writes a note to them ending "Please know that I consider your work in the highest possible regards. Sincerely, Niki Raapana, founder Anti-Communitarian League"

I think her agenda isn't a study of communitarianism in a neutral setting, but one placing the topic in an antisemitic context. Where few people can understand the mishmash in the NWV article, they are open to scapegoating the Jews.


9:51 PM

Dorothy is an obvious Mossad agent whose loyalties to the State of Israel compell her to disparage anyone who dares to study Zionist changes to the U.S. Constitution. As an enemy of the US, she's got a lot of nerve accusing me of presenting a "jumble" of information when portions of the Talmud were never written down; it requires a lifetime of study for even the most rudimentary understanding of Kabbalistic "law." The fact that Etzioni's name means Kaballah will obviously never be addressed.

That she assumes I am required to give her the name of our webhost or that she can control the sources I use to study is indicative of the power the communitarians think they hold over us. She says when readers go deeper into my website they will find the "stink." Maybe her concern is really that they will find the communitarian stink she so passionately wants to hide from the world.

I didn't know much about Judaism or Israel when I started my studies, beyond the fact that my dad glorified the Mossad and I loved the Sabbath ceremonies I participated in when I was invited to Diane Kramer's parents house while we were in college together at UMass, Amherst. Eric Cohen's parents were also a blast to visit, and I always thought it was funny that they insisted I must be a "lost" Jew because I was so smart and so many of my friends were Jews. As an Alaskan, I found it bizarre that East Coast people cared so much about religion, and asked me all the time, "What ARE you?" My best buddies were Jews and Catholics, and it did irritate some of them that I was also friendly towards Greg, the only Greek Orthodox on our dorm floor. That was in the 80s.

It was 2000 when I started looking into the Talmudic Kabbalistic roots of Etzioni's theory. I learned to avoid the rabid Christian sites because I can't use it when people quote the Bible as their primary historical reference. That said, I did (and still do) find the works of Christians like Berit Kjos, Peter Goodgame and Joan Veon to be extremely valuable. I eventually found myself (and my work) alienated from the mainstream Christian anti-NWO community because I don't share their beliefs. What's weird to me now is it never seemed to bother my Jewish friends that I'm not a Jew, but so many Christians are very bothered by the fact that I'm not a Bible thumper.

Along the way I found several targeted scholarly "antiSemitic" sites that provided me with many unedited, uncensored, verifiable historical references coming directly from the Jewish community. Three of them ended up being a wealth of resources. One is jewishtribalreview. Another is Neither Aryan nor Jew (by Peter Myers, a former Jesuit priest in Australia.) Sweet Liberty with Jackie Patru and her online book Jewish Persecution was also very helpful in my education. After ten years the ACL is still just my daughter and I because I don't fit into any groups out there (nor do I want to). I am extra grateful that I met Bobby Garner at He has never let his Christian faith interfere in our collaborative and supportive relationship.

Now I can't help but wonder what the reaction will be if I write an Etzioni article for the Palestine Think Tank. While we're all sitting around our safe homes arguing about my (lack of) character, the Palestinians live every day with the brutal reality of Zionist occupation. If Americans want to see exactly what the US is going to look like after the Zionist occupation of the US is completed, they need look no further than Gaza and the West Bank. Of course Iraq and Afghanistan come in at a close second.

Should it matter to the Palestinians that the highly esteemed Dr. Amitai Etzioni was with the Hagana commandos who finished up the Irgun "work" at Dier Yassin? How ironic is it that Etzioni, who fought the Iraqis in the 1948 War between British de- controlled Palestine and the seven Arab nations was invited to testify at the international Iraq War Review last summer? The Irgun attack on peaceful Dier Yassin was a pivotal massacre that caused many Palestinians to flee their villages and give up their homes rather than face possible slaughter by Israeli commandos. Those are the people being walled in by the fences, fences Etzioni says are a good idea. Screw it. I'm tired of being polite and avoiding the truth about how the racist Zionist Israelis call the Arabs "dogs." Pretty slick how the most racist "religious" nation on the planet assumes they have been "chosen" by the only God (allowed) to teach the world how to become better people. That the mainstream Christians also promote this belief is beyond my understanding. Like Obama's Chief of Staff Rham Emanuels' Irgun father said, the Zionists in the White House aren't Arabs, and they're there not mopping the floors there, are they Dorothy?

Here's a good example of how the whole "bad guy" Israeli agenda leads to the exact same communitarian solution promoted by the Zionists themselves. The cited "laws" are always international, and the recommended solution is always to take these violations of human rights cases before the British-Dutch Zionist inspired communitarian high court at the Hague. This precedent setting scenario is the ultimate goal. We can't have global governance without a global supreme court granted the moral muscle (ie troops) to enforce it's decisions. Wouldn't suprise me a bit to learn the Mossad agency trains the international armed "peacekeeping" forces or the new EU police, since I already know they train American Community Police, alongside KGB trainers. I was told by a DoD analyst that the Pentagon is using Etzioni's 2007 book, Security First: For a Muscular Moral Foreign Policy in its daily military briefings now.

"This Hilltop and That Hilltop"
Israel's Settlement on Capitol Hill

Here's the Zionist's conception of more moral, muscular persuasion by Kawther Salam - The Bloody Saturday of Israel in Gaza

Friday, December 26, 2008

Is Obama an Israeli Asset Based False Flag Operation?

I found a picture of Etzioni with Obama.

It's looking more and more like Obama is another Israeli false flag operation.

There's a lot of people writing about Obama's civilian branch of the military, and speculation about how that would actually work is ongoing. Too bad most people won't make the connection between community economic development and a civilian military corps. The communitarians have been mapping people's skills and abilities for 50 years already. When the call comes to "serve" the common good, our callers already know what assets we have to contribute to the cause. They've also already identified the potential for problems.

Update on radio interviews

I've been invited back to Constance's radio show next Tuesday at 4pm Alaska time (8pm Eastern). Sorry about the mix-up on the showtime in my previous post, not many people realize Alaska is on its own time zone, an hour behind Pacific. Used to be 4 time zones in Alaska, and it was a real pain to try to call our government offices in Juneau when I lived in Fairbanks. I think that was also when I gave up bothering to vote in national elections because the national news would announce the winners before most Alaskans had gone to the polls. As for listening to it now and the 20 bucks a month fee, Pete commented that he has a recording that we can somehow download, and I'll work on that. Actually I've been asked more than once to create a better list of direct links to mp3s of all my interviews.

I'll also be a guest on Dr. Stanly Monteith's radio show on Thursday, January 8 at 3pm AK time.

Skinny Legs and All....

My veils arrived and they're so pretty. I made a video last night that Nordica won't let me put up. Heh. She said I can't read from 2020 with a veil on, period, end of discussion. I would've posted it if she hadn't called to say Merry Christmas and I told her about it. So then I started doing some research on Etzioni for a new ACL article and decided instead to make a video of him. I'm pretty excited that I figured out how to use Windows MovieMaker. Producing and writing video documentaries was my college journalism focus (not print), but that was way back when the cameras were so heavy I couldn't lift them myself, and editing, even though we taped in beta, was very complicated. I watched her make our gertee video and she's so fast at everything on the computer that I was sure I would always have to depend on her to make them for us (like website design). But I learn more watching than I realize.

Of course now I've spent hours scouring the internet for pictures and new quotes and I've got a lot of new info to sift through before I can write just a basic outline. Spent about eight hours studying the history of the Israeli Hagana, Palmach, Irgun and Stern Gang. Read through chronologies of events from the creation of the Hagana in 1940 to 1946, when some say he joined, through the terrorist activities of mid 1947 when he says he joined the underground. I found numerous conflicting, detailed historical accounts of the massacre at Dier Yassin and 2 other Palestinian massacres I never heard of before, plus I learned a lot more about all the Arab attacks on the Jewish settlers. I haven't even got to Etzioni's education under Buber starting in 1950.

Along the way I stumbled on Christopher Bollyn
He asks what it means to the U.S. to have so many "former" Hagana soldiers and the sons and daughter of Irgun terrorists in such highly significant political places. He doesn't appear to have anything on Etzioni (or communitaianism), but his research on the Israeli connection to 9/11 opened my eyes to a whole other aspect to Etzioni's ties to the Mossad and Israeli intelligence services.

Etzioni has other ties too. He's written a lot about the "need" to build more moral communities and how people need to share more of their time and efforts:
""We" as a noun is used much more than "I" by the young sabras. But "always we" is not a slogan of their conformity for conformity's sake. It is taken from the hymn of the underground commando units (the Palmach). The entire line reads: "To orders--always we"; meaning, we are always ready to obey the orders of the nation. Riesman shows how the nouns of an ethos of production are replaced by the neutrality of abundance. The background in Israel is different. Therefore the norms around which conformity is crystalized are different. They are mainly: service to the collective goals of the nation, often at the expense of individual goals and individuality." AE, "The 'Sabra' in Israeli Literature," with Eva Etzioni, Jewish Frontier (October 1958), pp. 16-19.,

So then I went back and looked up the Maping and Mobilizing Community Assets program.

"John 'Jody' Kretzmann, co-director of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, was the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. ABCD is a research project of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University working with community building leaders across North America as well as five other continents to conduct research, produce materials, and support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems. Focusing on organizing the community based upon its strengths and assets is a guiding principle of the NORC supportive service paradigm and led to a fruitful presentation and discussion on common themes, practices, goals, and aspirations."

I didn't realize Michele Obama worked for them too.
"And then she started working for Public Allies, which was an organization really that had just recently started. And it was informed by the policies of a guy named Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight, who—I’ve been working with Jody for a long time, and he is an excellent community activist with a theoretical bent that focuses on assets. He goes to communities, and rather than look at the deficits of the community, he maps out the assets—him and John McKnight, their program that they started at Northwestern University. They map out the assets of the community and find ways to strengthen and embolden and reinforce those assets.

"And so, they hired Michelle. She became one of the first—I think the first executive director of Public Allies. And they do a magnificent job in hooking in promising college students into nonprofit organizations that are community-oriented and then—you know, and empowering work—attempting to empower parts of the community. And she really excelled there. A lot of people couldn’t understand why she would bring all those credentials, Harvard and Princeton, to such a lowly or community-oriented group, when she had such potential to make a lot of money in the corporate structure. And she really performed well at Public Allies."

The Obama Victory, Asset-Based Development and the Re-Politicization of Community Organizing, By Susan B. Hyatt
"Abstract: In this commentary, I argue that Obama’s victory in the recent Democratic primary was largely a consequence of his early experiences as an Alinsky-style community organizer in Chicago. I compare the nature of the broad-based organizing that Obama was trained in to a newer model of “community building” called Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). ABCD promotes the belief that communities suffering the effects of economic restructuring, such as abandoned housing, crime, and deindustrialization among others, can “heal themselves” by looking within for resources—or “assets”—rather than by making demands on the state, a stance its proponents stigmatize as evidence of a “client” mentality. I argue that however chimerical its promises of redemption are, ABCD illustrates an important shift in
contemporary understandings of citizenship, away from the possibilities for collective action that characterize Alinsky-style organizing and toward a view that is both radically neoliberal and potentially totalitarian in its homogenizing notions of its two key concepts—“community” and “assets.” I suggest that the grassroots nature of the Obama campaign may have the potential to reanimate an interest in broad-based organizing toward the end of creating a more just distribution of resources.

Here's how it all goes global:
Asset Based Community Development - National Train the Trainer Courses
A unique opportunity exists for 30 people with an interest in asset based community development.

Led by Jody Kretzmann and two of his colleagues (Mary Nelson from Bethel Green Project) and Jim Diers, Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle), the courses will be run in:

* Sydney (30 November - 1 December, 2006)
* Melbourne (5 - 6 December, 2006)

For more information on the Melbourne event contact Peter Palmer -,and for the Sydney event Judi Geggie -

So Jim Diers is a colleague of Kretzman's now, eh? He was the ONLY Seattle city employee who NEVER responded to my Public Disclosure Requests for documents. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods was the lead organization gathering our personal data for the COMPASS program. Diers helped create the "new" city department after a short career as a "community activist" on Capitol Hill.

Who IS Jody Kretzman? I met him in 2000 when he gave an ABCD presentation to Seattle Neighborhood "leaders." He denied being a communitarian and denied any association with them. He lied. His co-founder of ABCD signed the Communitarian Platform. I wrote about my meeting him in our book, 2020, but not about how much he seemed like a military man. He's very tall and fit, and he was super polite and friendly when I was asking my questions in front of the group. He also tried to tell me the community maps were not "real" maps. He was less than friendly when I approached him afterwards and tried to buy a copy of his ABCD workbook. He actually said no, which was kind of a relief since I was really too poor to blow the cash, but then I realized he HAD to be lying when he said he had no copies with him. I mustered all the courage I could find in me and told him flat out, "I'm on to you guys." (Constance told me the other day she had experience with community asset building in Chicago in the 1960s, and from this vita on Jody I see he was there doing his thing way back when..uh huh.)
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Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Research Associate Professor
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208
Birth Date: December 6th, 1944
Family: Married to Ingrid Christiansen. Children: Katherine, Marcus
B.A., English, Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude).
M.A., English, University of Virginia.
Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University.
Professional Employment
Co-Director, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, School of
Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1996-present.
Research Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Policy,
Northwestern University, 2001-present.
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University,
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern
University, 1990-2004.
Project Director, Neighborhood Innovations Network, Center for Urban
Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University, 1990-1996.
Research Staff, Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern
University, 1984-1989.
Director, Urban Studies Program, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 1984-
Co-founder and faculty member, Urban Studies Program, Associated
Colleges of the Midwest, 1969-1998.
Instructor in Media and Public Affairs, Christ College (Honors Program),
Valparaiso University, 1968-1969.
Community Organizer, Garfield Organization, Chicago, 1968.
Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Virginia, 1967.
Stringer, then reporter, Time and Life magazines, 1965-1966.
Chairman, The Daily Princetonian, 1965-66.
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Other Professional Activities
University Lectures and Speeches (partial list)
Michigan State University, lecture, 2006.
University of Illinois-Chicago, urban planning conference presentation, 2006.
Fordham University, lectures 2005-2006.
Allegheny College, Scholar in Residence, 2005.
DePaul University, Steans Center for Service Learning, lecturer and
consultant, 2005-Present.
University of Newcastle, Australia, keynote addresses at national
conferences, consultations, 2001, 2003, 2004.
Monmouth College, Fall Symposium, 2004.
Ohio Wesleyan University, Midwest conference on technology and the
community, keynote, 2004.
University of Chicago, Panel on the University and the Community, 2004.
University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Public Health, lectures, 2003, 2005.
University of Michigan, School of Social Work, lecture, 2002.
University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, lecturer and consultant, 2002-
Emory University, The Church and Community Development, keynote,
Loyola University, “The University and the Community,” keynote address,
Illinois Campus Compact, keynote address, 2001; Midwest Campus Compact,
keynote, 2003.
Cornell College, keynote address, annual symposium, 2000.
St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, lectures in community
development, 2000.
University of California, Riverside, keynote address, symposium on
community development, 2000.
University of Kentucky, Extension Conference, keynote address, 2000.
University of Pittsburgh, speeches, 1995, 2000.
Campus Compact, Brown University, speeches and consultation 1997-
North Park University, Master of Arts in Community Development, annual
lecture, 1997-present.
Valparaiso University, numerous lectures, 1968-present.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, speaker and
member, Executive Seminar on Indigent Defense, 1999-2002..
New School for Social Research, Milano School of Social Science, speaker,
Colorado College, The Daniel Patrick O’Connor Lectures in Social Justice,
Concordia College, Annual Symposium, keynote address, 1999.
Michigan State University, University Outreach Partnerships, keynote
address, 1999.
Princeton University, lecture on community service, 1999, Alumni day
lecture, 2003.
Rutgers University, Boggs Center, University Affiliated Lecture on
Community Health, 1999.
University of Salford, England, Public Health lecture, 1999.
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Wright State Center for Child and Adolescent Violence, keynote address,
Washington University, speaker, Annual Symposium of George Warren
Brown School of Social Work, 1997.
Campus Outreach Opportunity League, keynote addresses, 1996-97.
Relating to State and Federal Government (partial list)
Corporation for National and Community Service, speeches, technical assistance,
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of University-
Community Partnerships, Annual Conference of Community Outreach
Partnership Centers, keynote, 2005.
New York Department of Health, keynotes, 2004, 2005.
Mass. Dept. of Health, keynotes and trainings, 2002-present.
North Carolina Association of Non-Profits, keynote, 2003.
Iowa Department of Public Health, lectures and consultations, 2002-present.
Minnesota Department of Public Health, lectures and consultations, 2001-
Minnesota Department of Human Services, keynote, 2001.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, rural development lecture, 2001.
National Association of Community Action Agencies, 1997-present.
South Carolina Department of Health, Community Development, speaker,
consultant, 1996-present.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaker, consultant,
California Department of Health Services, speaker, 1999.
Illinois Council for the Prevention of Violence, 1998-99.
U.S. Department of Justice, Weed and Seed Program, speaker (4 occasions)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaker, 1997, 2001.
Relating to Local Government (partial list)
Chicago Public Library, co-publication, The Engaged Library. Presentations:
CPL Board of Directors, Urban Library Council’s national conference,
Westchester County Summit on Vital Aging, keynote, 2006.
Indianapolis Police and Sheriff’s Departments, presentation, 2005.
Chicago Police Department, Community Policing Leadership Development Institute,
speeches and trainings, 2004-present.
Saginaw, MI. Celebration of Neighborhoods, keynote, 2005.
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), speeches, trainings, 2004-
Chicago Dept. of Public Health, speeches, consultations, 2003-present.
Batavia, IL, “Future of Western Suburbs,” speech, 2004.
Raleigh, NC, City Neighborhoods Conference, keynote, consultant, 2003,
Chicago, Union League Club, “Hope for Chicago’s Neighborhoods,” 2002.
Portland Dept. of Parks, keynote, 2002.
St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, keynote, 2002.
Chattanooga Department of Neighborhoods, keynote address, 2000.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, speaker, consultant, 1998-2000.
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Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, speaker, consultant, 1997-
Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnerships, speaker, consultant, 1998-
City of Dubuque, speeches and consultations, 1996-99.
Lake County Area Planning Council, keynote address, 1999.
Atlanta Project, speaker, consultant, 1997-98.
Chicago Board of Education, consultant, 1996-98.
Chicago Park District, consultant, speaker, 1994-2004.
Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale Departments of Neighborhood, keynote address,
Kansas City Department of Neighborhoods, speaker, consultant, 1995-98,
Peoria, IL, speeches and workshops, 1996-2003.
Florida League of Cities, keynote address, 1997.
National Association of Counties, speaker, 1997.
Active participant, numerous political campaigns, 1968-present.
Chair, Housing Policy Committee, Evans for Mayor, 1989.
Chair, Policy Review Committee, Washington for Mayor, 1986-87.
Chair/facilitator, Department of Economic Development/LISC conference on
Neighborhood Economic Development, 1985.
Initiator/consultant, Affirmative Neighborhood Information Program, City
of Chicago, 1983-1985.
Consultant/facilitator, Development Subcabinet Formative Retreat; and
Department of Planning Reorganization Retreat, Chicago of Chicago,
Contributor, Blueprint of Chicago Government and Toward a Prosperous,
Compassionate and Efficient Chicago, 1983.
Chair, Neighborhood Planning Subcommittee, Mayor Harold Washington
Transition Team, 1983.
Contributor, Washington Papers, 1983.
Relating to Neighborhoods (partial list)
City Year Chicago, Presentation, 2006.
Perspectives Charter School, presentations and consultation, 2005-present.
United Jewish Appeal, New York, speech and workshop, 2006.
Yonkers Elder Friendly Initiative, speeches and consultation, 2004-present.
Active member and consultant, numerous neighborhood organizations in
Chicago, 1968-present.
Jewish Council on the Elderly, Chicago, speaker-consultant, 2004, 2005.
North Carolina Neighborhood Conference, keynote, 2004.
Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago, speaker and trainer, 2002-present.
Leadership Evanston, keynote, 2003.
Chicago Area Project, speaker, consultant, 2002-present.
Imagine Chicago, speaker, 2002.
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, speaker, consultant, 1998-2003.
Chicago Alliance for Neighborhood Safety, speaker, 1998-99.
Neighborhoods USA, annual conference speaker, Portland, 1998.
Consultant/facilitator, Chicago Innovations Forums, Center for Urban
Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University, 1988-1996.
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Consultant, Local Development Issues Working Group, Community
Workshop on Economic Development, 1988-1989.
Evaluator, Neighborhood Vouchers Program, National Center for
Neighborhood Enterprises, Washington, D.C., 1985-87.
Co-designer/developer, Affirmative Neighborhood Information Program,
Co-founder and Steering Committee, Community Workshop on Economic
Development, 1979-1983.
Leadership Conference, Organization of the North East, 1974-1980.
Relating to Philanthropy (partial list)
Battle Creek Community Foundation, community congress keynote, 2005.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, consultation on intergenerational funding, 2006.
Evanston Community Foundation, conference on funding sustainable communities,
presentation, 2006.
Neighborhood Small Grants Network, national audio-conference speaker, 2005.
Kellogg Foundation, speaker, consultant, 2004-present.
Northwest Council on Foundations, keynote, 2004.
Grantmakers in Aging, keynote, 2004.
Southeastern Council on Foundations, keynote, 2004.
Indiana Association of Grantmakers, keynote, 2004.
Northwest Area Foundation, speeches and trainings, 2003-2004.
W. T. Grant Foundation, consultant, 2002.
Michigan Funders Network, keynote, 2002.
Synergos, (Ford Fndn.), speeches, consultations, 2002-present, including
Mexico border initiative.
United Ways of Rochester, Chicago, San Antonio, Mesa, Evansville,
Indianapolis, Greenville (SC), Philadelphia, etc.—speeches and
consultations, 1991-present.
Duke Endowment, North Carolina, speech and consultation, 2000.
Blandin Foundation, Minnesota, consultations, 1992-2002.
Council on Foundations, 4 speeches and workshops, 1995-present.
Kinship Fund, Chicago, consultations, 1996-present.
Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, speaker, consultant on parks and libraries
initiatives, 1997-2001.
Grantmakers in Health, speech, consultations, 1997-99.
New Mexico Community Foundation, speeches and technical assistance,
California Endowment, speech and consultations, 1997-98.
Maine Community Foundation, speaker, 1998.
St. Louis Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy, speaker, 1998.
Points of Light Foundation, National Community Service Conference, 1997.
Southeastern Council on Foundations, keynote address, 1997.
Community Foundations: speeches and consultations, including East
Tennessee, Jacksonville, Greater Memphis, Winston-Salem, Montana,
Denver, Tucson, Central New York, 1992-present.
Los Angeles Urban Funders, speaker, workshops, 1996.
United Way of America, speeches, consultations, 1993-2003.
Relating to Professional Organizations (partial list)
Coalition for Community Schools, presentations and training, 2004, 2005.
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Minnesota Healthy Aging Conference, keynote, 2003.
Goodwill Industries, keynote, 2003.
American Society on Aging, keynote, speeches, consultations, 2002-present.
National Community Building Network, speaker, 2002.
YMCA, speaker and consultant, national and local gatherings, 2002-2004.
Rural Development Association, keynote, 2002.
American Academy of Pediatrics, presentations and consulting, 2002-2004.
City Cares, keynote, 2002.
Public Allies, keynotes and trainings, 1993-present.
Kaboom, keynotes yearly, 2001-present.
South Carolina Association of Non-Profits, keynote, 2001.
Voices for Illinois Children, keynotes, 2001, 2002, consultant, 2001- 2004.
Habitat for Humanity, frequent speaker,1999-present.
Search Institute, speaker, consultant, 2001-present.
American Library Association, speaker, 2000, 2002.
Executive Service Corps, Chicago, keynote address, 2000.
Health Care Forum, speaker, consultant, trainer, 1995-2003.
Urban Libraries Council, speaker, consultant, 1998-present.
Vera Institute of Justice, New York, speaker, consultant, 1998-2001.
Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, speaker, consultant, 1997-99.
American Academy of Pediatrics, consultations, 1998-99, 2003-04.
Daughters of Charity Hospitals, speaker, consultant, 1995-99.
Kentucky Community Development Society, speaker, 1999.
Indiana Public Health Association, keynote address, 1998.
Southern Rural Development Association, speeches and workshop leader,
Urban Parks Institute, speaker, 1997-98.
American Association of Retired Persons, speech, 1997.
American Public Health Association, speaker, 1997.
Public Health Institute, California, speech, 1997.
Relating to International Work (partial list)
Australia Federal Department of Family and Community Services,
presentation, 2006.
The Smith Family, Australian Philanthropy, day-long workshop, 2006.
United Way International Global Assembly, keynote, 2006.
England, Scarman Trust training, 2004.
Germany, bi-national consultation on immigration, 2003-2004.
Australia, speeches, trainings in four visits, across the continent, 2001-present.
Canada, Coady Institute, Saint Francis Xavier University, speaker, consultant,
Canada, Department of Environment, speeches and training, 1999-2000.
Canada—numerous speeches sponsored by government, philanthropies,
professional groups and community development groups, 1988-present.
Egypt, United Nations Development Program, week-long training in Cairo,
England, British Public Health System, lectures, 1998-99.
South Africa, Community Higher Education Partnership, 10 day visit, lectures
and training, 1999.
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Caribbean and Latin America, Peace Corps directors, speeches and training,
Relating to Religious Organizations (partial list)
Church World Services, National Conference on Disaster Relief, Princeton
Seminary, keynote, 2006.
Lutheran Services in America, annual conference, keynote, 2004.
Pendle House, Philadelphia, Peacemaking consultation, speaker, 2005.
Partners for Sacred Places, presentations and consultations, 2000- Present.
Colorado Summit on Hunger, keynote and workshops, 2000.
Diocese of Cleveland, speaker, 1999-2000.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, numerous speeches, ongoing
consultation, 1987-present.
Habitat for Humanity conventions, speaker, 1998-present.
Methodist Communities of Shalom, speaker, consultant, 1997-present.
Partners for Sacred Places, speaker, consultant, 1998-present.
Salvation Army, speaker (5 occasions) 1997-present.
Call to Renewal, speaker, 1999.
McCormick Seminary, visiting professor, African American Leadership
Program, 2002, 2003.
Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, keynote address and workshop, 1998.
Visiting Professor, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1988-1996.
National Co-chair, Justice Network in the Lutheran Church, 1988-1995.
Board of Directors, Clergy and Laity Concerned, 1978-1996.
Program Director, Holden Village Retreat Center, Washington State, 1986,
1988. Founder, Rainbow on the Mountaintop (Multicultural Celebration),
Among other boards and consultancies: Conference on Inner City Ministries,
Lutheran Human Relations Association, Cleveland Metro Ministries, City
Lutherans in Action, Independent Lutheran Press.
Northwestern University Activities (partial list)
Service Learning Certificate, speaker, bus tour leader, 2003-present.
Oasis, speaker, 2005-2006.
Northwestern University Alternate Spring Break, speaker, 1999-present.
Northwestern University New Student Orientation, speaker, 1999, 2000.
Northwestern University Undergraduate Leadership Program, speaker and
consultant, 1994-present.
Northwestern University Alumni College, speaker, panelist, 1998.
Northwestern University Freshman Urban Program, opening speaker, 2000-
Northwestern University DERU advance, 2002-present.
Northwestern University Civic Education Project, speaker, 2001-present.
Relating to Civic Involvement—Board Memberships (partial list)
Urban Libraries Council, Exec. Board, 2004-present.
Princeton Project ’55, Board, 2002-present.
Delta Institute (environment/economic development/non-profit), 1998-
present (Chair).
North Park University, Master of Arts in Community Development
Program, 1997-present.
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Public Allies, Chicago (also speaker, trainer), 1995-present.
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, 1965-present.
Wieboldt Foundation, Board of Directors, 1987-1997.
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Academic and Other Awards
Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award, Partners for Livable
Communities, Washington, D.C., 2006.
Outstanding Professor Award, School of Education and Social Policy,
Northwestern University, 2005.
Community of the Cross Award, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago,
Distinguished Community Service Award, Princeton Club of Chicago, 1995.
National Merit Scholar
Newspaper Fund Scholar
University of Virginia Fellowship
Northwestern University Fellowship
Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research Fellowship, Northwestern
Subjects Taught
City politics, city economics, community development, social movements,
racism, dynamics of neighborhood change, mass media, ethics and politics,
the church and public life, public policy and human services, schooling in
Kretzmann, John P., and McKnight, John L., Mobilizing Community Assets, Civic
Television Network, six-part series, 1995.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. Building Communities from the
Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s
Assets. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1994.
Kretzmann, John P., editor, The Engaged Library, Chicago Public Library, Urban
Libraries Council, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, 2005.
Kretzmann, John P., McKnight, John L., Discovering Community Power: A Guide to
Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity. Evanston, IL: Asset-
Based Community Development Institute in cooperation with the Kellogg
Foundation, 2005.
Kretzmann, John P., McKnight, John L., and Green, Mike, Hidden Treasures: Building
Community Connections, Evanston, IL: Asset-Based Community Development
Institute, 2005.
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Kretzmann, John P., McKnight, John L., and Sheehan, Geralyn; Building the Mercado
Central: Asset-Based Development and Community Entrepeneurship. Evanston, IL:
Institute for Policy Research, 2004.
Kretzmann, John P., McKnight, John L., and Rans, Susan, Asset-Based Strategies for
Faith Communities, Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 2003.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L., eds, Deborah Puntenney, A Guide to Building
Sustainable Organizations from the Inside Out, Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy
Research and Chicago Foundation for Women, 2002.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L; and Snow, Luther. The Organization of Hope:
A Workbook for Rural Asset-Based Community Development. Evanston, IL:
Institute For Policy Research, 2001.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Snow, Luther. Community
Transformation: Turning Threats into Opportunities. Evanston, IL: Institute for
Policy Research, 2002.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Turner, Nicol. A Guide to
Mapping and Mobilizing the Associations in Local Neighborhoods.
Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1999.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Puntenney, Deborah. A Guide
to Creating a Neighborhood Exchange: Building Communities by
Connecting Local Skills and Knowledge. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy
Research, 1998.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Sheehan, Geralyn. A Guide to
Capacity Inventories: Mobilizing the Community Skills of Local
Residents. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1997.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Puntenney, Deborah. A Guide
to Mapping and Mobilizing the Economic Capacities of Local Residents.
Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1996.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Puntenney, Deborah. A Guide
to Mapping Consumer Expenditures and Mobilizing Consumer
Expenditure Capacities. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1996.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Puntenney, Deborah. A Guide
to Mapping Local Business Assets and Mobilizing Local Business
Capacities. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1996.
Kretzmann, John P.; McKnight, John L.; and Puntenney, Deborah. (Eds.)
Newspapers and Neighborhoods: Strategies for Achieving Responsible
Coverage of Local Communities. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy
Research, 1999.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. (Eds.), with Puntenney, Deborah,
and Moore, Henry. Leading by Stepping Back: A Guide for City Officials
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on Building Neighborhood Capacity. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy
Research, 1999.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. (Eds.), with Puntenney, Deborah,
and Moore, Henry. City-Sponsored Community Building: Savannah’s
Grants for Blocks Story. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1998.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. (Eds.), with Thomas Dewar. A
Guide to Evaluating Asset-Based Community Development: Lessons,
Challenges, and Opportunities. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy
Research, 1997.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. Mapping Community Capacity.
Evanston, IL: Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, 1990.
Articles and Chapters Published
Kretzmann, John P. “Congregations and Communities Working Together.”
In Edward L. Queen II (Ed.) The Management and Organization of
Religious Human and Social Services. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc.,
Kretzmann, John P. “Opening up a Closed City.” In Harold Washington and
the Neighborhoods. Rutgers University Press, 1991.
Kretzmann, John P. “Co-Producing Health: Professionals and Communities
Build on Assets.” Health Forum Journal, January/February, 2000: 42.
Kretzmann, John P. “The Campus and the Community: Sharing Power for a
Democratic Future.” Third Annual Continuums of Service Conference
Proceedings, Campus Compact, July, 2000.
Kretzmann, John P. “Habitat for Humanity and Asset-Based Community
Development: Powerful Partners for Vital Communities.” Habitat for
Humanity Affiliate Update, October, 1999.
Kretzmann, John P. “Building Communities and Economies from the Inside
Out.” Community Action Digest. Spring, 1999.
Kretzmann, John P. and Green, Michael B. Building the Bridge from Client to
Citizen: A Community Toolbox for Welfare Reform. Evanston: Institute
for Policy Research, 1998. (Reprinted from Shelterforce,
November/December, 1997. 10-14.) (Booklet)
Kretzmann, John P. and Schmitz, Paul H. “It Takes a Child to Raise a Whole
Village.” Resiliency in Action, March/April, 1999. (Reprinted from
Wingspread Journal, 1994-95, The Johnson Foundation.)
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Kretzmann, John P. “Study the Successes—Don’t focus on Failure”
Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, April 20, 1997. E8. (Special Edition for
President’s Summit on Volunteerism)
Kretzmann, John P. “Rediscovering Community Through Parks,” Parks as
Community Places, Urban Parks Institute, August, 1997.
Kretzmann, John P. “What Every Parish Should Know About Itself.” Our
Family, September 1997. 37-39.
Kretzmann, John P. Vital Schools, Vibrant Communities, Cross City
Campaign for Urban School Reform, September, 1997. (Booklet)
Kretzmann, John P. and Green, Michael B. “Community Tool Box for
Welfare Reform: Building the Bridge from Client to Citizen,”
Shelterforce, November/December, 1997. 10-14.
Kretzmann, John P. “Community Includes Youth: 10 Commandments for
Involving Young People in Our Communities,” Wingspread Journal,
Autumn, 1995. 11.
Kretzmann, John P. “Building Communities from the Inside Out,”
Shelterforce, September/October, 1995. 8-11.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. “Building Communities from the
Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s
Assets—An Overview,” Community Capacity Building from the Inside
Out, United Way of America, June, 1995.
Kretzmann, John P. and Schmitz, Paul H. “It Takes a Child to Raise a Whole
Village,” Wingspread Journal, Annual Report, 1994-95. 8-11.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L. “Mapping Community
Capacity,” Community News, (Michigan State University) Fall, 1993. 1-4.
Kretzmann, John P. “Community-Based Development and Local Schools: A
Promising Partnership,” Evanston: Institute for Policy Research Working
Paper, 1992.
Kretzmann, John P. School Participation in Local Community Economic
Development: Ideas for Getting Started. Evanston, IL: Center for Urban
Affairs and Policy Research, 1990. (Booklet)
Kretzmann, John P. “Popular Movements in Mexico City,” Christian
Century, 1990.
Kretzmann, John P. “Dawn of the Age of Fairness: Washington’s
Development Policies,” Chicago Enterprise, March 1987.
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Kretzmann, John P. “The Illinois Governor’s Race,” Chicago Enterprise,
November, 1986.
Kretzmann, John P. “Power and Information in the City,” Center for Urban
Affairs and Policy Research, 1985.
Kretzmann, John P. A Primer for a School’s Participation in the Development
of its Local Community. Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research, 1988.
Kretzmann, John P. and McKnight, John L.
“Community Organizing in the 80s,” Social Policy, Winter, 1984.
Editorial Advisory Board, Community Action Digest, National Association of
Community Action Agencies, 1999-2003.
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Who is John McNight? (besides being the man who signed and edorsed Obama's Harvard Law School application)