Friday, July 29, 2011

LANGUAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY class in Anchorage, August 2, 2011

The Post Sustainability Institute of Alaska presents


An introduction to buzzwords and legal terminology used in community development planning. Explore pop culture, etymology, history, social science and economic implications of sustainable development worldwide.

Instructors: Niki Raapana & Nordica Friedrich

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: A Street Event Hall Ballroom
637 A Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
Located at 7th and A street very near downtown.
Across from The Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Fee: $40, includes class materials

Please rsvp with Nordica Friedrich
Phone: (907) 433-9381

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What happened to the ACL website?

This has turned into such a busy year for us and, as some of you have noticed, I haven't had much time to blog lately. Hopefully that caused a few readers to browse my archives. :)

The revision of 2020 is hanging heavily over me like a huge cloud, I had no idea how difficult the rewrite would become. It's also a challenge to write (and think) in a 12 foot Gertee with another adult and two children. We're building new Gertees later this summer but for now we're doing "real" camping, and I'm feeling the pains associated with sleeping on the ground for 2 weeks.

I wrote Etzioni, in case him or his staff have been able to form a rational rebuttal to our thesis.
Dear Dr. Etzioni,

We are about to republish "What is the Hegelian dialectic?" & "The Historical Evolution of Communitarian Thinking," with "2020: Our Common Destiny" in one volume.

We sent our thesis to you and your network when they were originally published online in 2003. Ericn riska and others on your staff responded, but we've never receieved any kind of a legitimate rebuttal. More than 500,000 visitors have accessed our argument since then, and thousands of those visitors came from universities and government agencies around the world.

I don't know if you are aware that our work was introduced alongside your books in a Vassar College "Quality of Life Seminar" last spring. Maybe it has escaped your attention but the Anti Communitarian League has an entire section in the National Association of Scholars' Bibliography of the Communitarian Residence Life Movement.

As our work continues to gain favorable recognition in the international community, we would like to offer you and your staff one more opportunity to rebut our arguments against the validity of the Communitarian Network's Platform and mission. We will publish any response you have, regardless of its content.

Fire away!

Niki Raapana
co-founder, Anti Communitarian League
All the typos were in the original letter. I figured it didn't matter much since Etzioni's English is so bad other people have to write all his US books and articles for him. So far he hasn't responded. We're still soliciting rebuttals from any communitarian who wishes to prove our thesis and conclusion about communitarianism is unsound.

Here's where Nordica archived the old ACL website pages:

Here's a sample of the kinds of current things that we needed to add to 2020: