Monday, December 29, 2014

How to build a Gertee ebook coming February 15, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Every Christmas has its own story

For Christmas, in 2002, Nordica (then 16), our friend Michele and I designed a game for my retired US Army Sergeant Major dad called, "War on Words.”

I wanted my dad to understand our work more than anyone else in the world. He had said he couldn't understand what in the hell I was talking about, and the concept of communitarianism was beyond his grasp. We made the game so that my dad would “get it” and help us after he saw the enemy we identified. We based the whole game on the Hegelian dialectical formula used to trick people into giving up their freedom via Orwellian terms. The dialectic makes us choose from 2 false sides, a million times over, leading us to their ultimate synthesis, when we all happily embrace one big, fat, false, final conclusion called Communitarianism. The tutorial accompanying his game was called, "What is the Hegelian Dialectic?"

My dad was super annoyed with that early version of the game. Not only did I appear totally freaked out by what I “thought” I knew, he had never studied logic and thought anyone with a PhD after their name should not be trusted anyway. So, it was a flop, and we went back to the drawing board and expanded the tutorial with a brief introduction to logic and how we deduced our argument opposing the entire conclusion. Posted online for the first time in December 2002, we sent the link out to all the academics still alive we named in our thesis. It became our present to to the world in 2003. In 2007, we published it in hard copy.

We didn't do it for fans. We didn't write it for attention, titles, money or fame. We did it because we knew that we had stumbled onto something everyone in the world deserves a chance to know, and we thought Amitai Etzioni deserved to know not all Americans were falling for his game.

our view

We don't expect you to see communitarianism the way that we do. We don't even see it the same way, and we co-wrote the antithesis to it. We want you to see it with your own eyes. We are convinced the best solutions to it will come out of freed minds once the problem is identified internally. Our solution is not your solution, and we don't prescribe one.

The goal of our work is still the purpose of the game "War on Words" in 2002, 1. to step outside the dialectic, 2. examine your arguments from a dialectical perspective, and 3. re-enter the game as a knowledgeable player.

It's that third stage of the game that's the hardest to play, and I've known very few people who can play it. I stayed stuck in the self examination phase, because I had a lot of baggage I brought to the table that had to be dealt with first. Today I'm ready to take my rightful place in American industry.

I get to say, it's been one of my greatest joys witnessing people I know breaking free, being real in the face of the unreality of our fabricated life. In the USA, UK, Vietnam or the many other places where people have seen the dialectic at work and coming quickly to its conclusion. There are many nations that identify communitarianism as authoritarian and sectarian, as do we.

If you cannot afford to purchase "What is the Hegelian Dialectic?", it is available for free all over the internet, having been reposted and republished by others in various forms and for various purposes, hundreds of times.

For the past few years at Christmas I gifted out the pdf of the combined 2012 edition of "2020: Our Common Destiny and The Anti Communitarian Manifesto". I'm happy to be able to do it again this year. Message or email me if you'd like a ebook for Christmas! And send me a review please if you're one of the folks who already got theirs. And, okay, send me your complaints if you're still waiting for a hard copy, nothing like waiting years for a book, I'm sure. Anyone else in our shoes would have filed bankruptcy a long time ago. But we're hanging on and planning for another print job, as unbelievable as it sounds. If at first you don't succeed... 

I'm still not going to promote 2020/TACM in any usual way, no more book tours will be announced, but I will make time to write a few more articles, update 2020, do a few more radio interviews, participate in the conference about communitarianism I have scheduled in the UK in March, rebuild the ACL library, and oh yeah, write a paper for peer review.

We made history with our thesis. As my dad would say, "no brag, just fact." It's an amazing feeling. I wish my dad had lived to see it. I'm grateful I did.


%Merry Christmas, merry Christmas, hope you have some fun this year!"%

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Niki Raapana ends her silence

A year ago today we published our response and review to Rosa Koire's book, accusing her of plagiarizing our original research and writings. I was so drained by writing it, for having to write it, and considered never writing about communitarianism ever again. But I always say that when I get tired of fighting this uphill battle, and it killed me to take a hard look at how many people who are resisting Agenda 21 are, shall we say, not friends of the ACL, and why. The game is too complicated, the social part of it reminds me of high school (and so do the comments defending Rosa's deception) and I haven't got a huge need to pursue it further, unless I find a pro bono copyright attorney and yeah good luck with that, right?  I haven't stopped researching, even though it's not nearly at the pace I used to keep. Things are getting REALLY interesting, Pope Francis and Shimon Peres's meetings about a UN religion is an amazing development, So far none of the major press is identifying it as communitarianism, and as soon as I'm done with the Gertee book I will get right into the Green Virgin. The new world religion is communitarianism. We were right. And no matter how much our enemies don't want you to know about communitarianism, we're gonna keep right on telling you! It IS a religion, it IS law, it IS policing, and Amitai Etzioni, the father of communitarianism, the guru terrorist from that tiny little country Rosa says has no influence, is a Zionist. Facts are just facts.

Here's a great recent piece by Donna Martin, who has picked up pretty much where we left off and taught me quite a few things. She's a Christian who doesn't bother me. Highly recommend her work:

Blogger changed how to upload a picture, so I can't share all the memes I've been making. What happened to the "From your pc" option? I remember now I hated their new editing program and was losing enthusiasm for my blog before I had to go so deep into the hearts of my enemies. Funny thing, that article got us a new partner, a PhD who thinks we should get our due, and we're collaborating on a paper to submit for peer review.  Giving our entire history of the work bored a lot of people, we were accused of "bragging," but many scholars and regular readers have let us know how much they got out of it, and this scholar is so incensed at Rosa's actions he wants to help us gain in stature. Says there are lots of PhDs but hardly any peer reviewed authors. HAHA I used to wish for peer review because I just thought it meant political scientists would tear apart our thesis. Yeash, just as I was moving on to Gertee full time, the ACL takes on a whole new dimension, and it's one I like. I can't wait to present papers at conferences before political scientists. I want to hear what they have to say.

In real life, Team Gertee is a contestant in the Alaska Cabin Fever Design Contest. Judging begins February 2015. This is what I'm spending most of my time on these days, We've also got a beautiful new Gertee, with a huge 4' skylight again with a well made cover. It hasn't got much below the teens; it's a very mild winter so far. Lots of things on our plate, been a such a crazy year it inspired us to finish making a full length documentary film about our life, our work, our Gertee challenges and obstacles. and our housing research. Nordica is directing and editing over ten years of footage and making a very conceptual film, what's called a Poetic Documentary, one of the oldest styles in film history. It's called "Dirty Gertee: an Alaskan Misadventure" and it has a facebook page. The Gertee Factory also has a facebook page. Our school is now called The Extreme Climate Housing School (TECHS). It has a facebook page. I'm on facebook too. If you're a real person, look me up.

I will be writing a piece about the UN religion, but for now all I can say is Merry Christmas to any readers I have left following this blog and to my new readers who land on old posts, Happy Holidays to all my friends, a bit of Alaskan cheer is coming your way. There's a few people, you know who you are, who made this blog a not so lonely place, and I thank you for that, because I often felt very, very alone in our work. Today our network is huge, way more than I'll ever know or I can keep up with, but it's great to live to see so many people get it. I am honored to have shared this learning experience with so many fine people, and have gained so much from having you in my life. I haven't lost faith or heart, but I did age fifteen years since I started. I'm not the same woman I was in 1999 when I flipped out at the Community invasion of our neighborhood, but I'd do it again, even knowing it would ruin my life and any chance at ever having a normal place in society.Because out of my passion for an outdated idea of liberty and naive faith in the law, Gertee was conceived. I wanted to research communitarianism full time, I was compelled to do it, and it made me look like I'd become a conspiracy theorist saying I saw aliens. Not to disparage alien theorists, but at the time, I was horrified that people who were unable to understand what we were writing could say we were crazy without THEM getting laughed at. We've been down a pretty rough road but , wow, what a gift it all turned out to be, every terrible thing started trash and ended as treasure. How is that even possible?