New Kindle Book: “Values and the Future (Revaluation of Values)”

Values and the Future (Revaluation of Values) is now available at the Kindle Store

Nietzsche said revaluation of values is the supreme task of the philosopher. Nietzsche called philosophers lawgivers. And yet the world continues to operate as though values were not something we are called to revise, develop, enunciate. The position of these recent reflections is allied with Nietzsche. The values suggested are vastly different from the usual, traditional pantheon.

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10 Percent Of Homeowners Projected To Hit Major ‘Walk Away’ Point By June 2010

Moved here

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Recent Tweets of Note

Mark McKinnon on Plouffe and Obama http://bit.ly/5IJ7eA //it’s the synergy that will work IMO

Harold Ford’s Formula for Democratic Recovery http://bit.ly/8bq42H

Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan Goes Belly Up — worth less than half what it was during boom.

McChrystal says we should settle with the Taliban — enough fighting already.

Despite Today’s Meme, Things Look Good for Democrats Long Term http://bit.ly/4Wl1BY

Axelrod: Obama’s State of Union to focus on jobs http://bit.ly/7aA70q

Rivals will vie with Apple for tablet spotlight http://bit.ly/7memLF

Design — When More Is Decidedly Less http://bit.ly/82xX4T

Plouffe is back in the Obama driver’s seat http://bit.ly/8uMYYz

Al Qaeda now has female suicide bombers http://bit.ly/7PhIBg

More Than 150,000 Have Been Buried, Haiti Says http://bit.ly/8YDvU1

Sen. Kerry Says He’ll Vote for Bernanke http://bit.ly/7mWa6o

How liberals can take back the foreign policy mantle. http://bit.ly/6OAVjI

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Toward A New White House Militancy

How bi-partisan can you be if you are opposing every Republican in sight. It is easy. In fact the entire instilling of a new White House militancy can be achieved by:

1, Bringing John Dean back in some key role. Like the DNC. Tim Kaine has been invisible. He is a man of great ability who should have a job more suited to his laid-back style. Dean would signal that the President is willing to work with progressives. We know he has always been that way. But the media?

2. Put David Plouffe into a conspicuous partnership role. David Plouffe was half the Obama winning team. When someone is needed to speak for the President, David Axelrod does not cut it with his ums and ahs. Sorry David. I can tell you do not like the role either. Plouffe has RFK instincts. That’s a talent for saying things in language the public can understand. Meaning well does not cut it. A new militancy requires a willingness to grasp the underlying issue by the throat and squeeze hard.

3. The big underlying issue is that Obama remains a person whose interest in social justice and fairness is balanced by a radical individualism that is typically associated with conservatives. We cannot let his bridge building potential fade as the media accuse him of vacating it for a new militancy. The new militancy is precisely taking back the flag of a new politics. Plouffe articulates it best.

4. The final key is to be honest about the amount of change that is needed. I believe this may be the underlying problem facing the President. We are a nation awash in personal debt and drugs. These are individual problems as well as social issues. We are a nation that needs to stop relying on oil and to end our dependence on an unsustainable automobile-metrosprawl economy.

We will only have the new jobs we need when we are pointed not toward recovery but toward creation of a sustainable economy which is not drug saturated and in permanent debt and which is taking an ecologically sound route to a recreation of community.


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COMMENT ON: Obama Foreclosure Plan Falling Far Short Of Targets

Sad but true, I believe. Dispersed homes will never recover their “value”.

Economic viability in the future will be five times greater for those living in close proximity in communities that integrate a good deal of what is now all over the map. Another way of saying this: Energy costs are five times greater in dispersion than in denser areas.

Both the dispersed (metrosprawl) model and the commute-by-car, do-everything-by-car models are unsustainable. Ultimately it may be less expensive to redesign and rebuild communities from scratch, than try to continue propping up today’s default sprawl.

This is the underlying reason for the crisis we are in. Remember we said we needed to move to a post-oil economy?

Current efforts to tie recovery to the resuscitation of the automobile and housing markets are unlikely to do more than sputter. Meanwhile the vision of a truly sustainable economy can be found in the thought of thinkers like Christopher Alexander.


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Rebuilding Haiti — Two


Nietzsche is salient on the downside of charity. It can humiliate. Everyone knows this. There is nothing hidden about the effects of being brought low and then suffering the consequences of feeling that one must beg for one’s very life.

So my proposal is that if we (by implication, all helpful forces aiming to help Haiti long-term) wish to avoid the “charity-syndrome”, we decide that what we do in Haiti will be the very model of what we need to be doing everywhere else.

In other words, we would do well to create living options in Haiti that follow the very procedures that ought to accompany any effort to create living options anywhere else.

The first principle of such an approach is to place design in the hands of the people.

My earlier post suggests that rebuilding Haiti should involve a 21st Century approach that assumes there will be similar quakes in the future since Haiti is on a fault similar to the one that runs through California. Ideally a settlement would float, literally. It would not be anchored to the ground.

Ideally, rebuilding would involve the introduction of modular elements — my suggestion for the transformation of our automobile industry into an industry focused on building modules that enable people to essentially have their “own” room/s wherever they go.

Security and flexibility.

To comprehend what I’m suggesting, please investigate my posts on new settlements and pattern language.

If truth be told, such a rebuilding of Haiti would serve the whole world by enabling a pattern that makes sense for the future.

The idea that a house should be anchored to the ground is obsolete. A house should be able to withstand the worst nature can throw at it.

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Rebuilding Haiti

I have no doubt the US will help rebuild Haiti.

My deepest prayer would be that we would follow the principles I have advocated for many years, with no apparent interest from virtually anyone.

The reason is that what I am advocating would be able to withstand earthquakes.

I have always assumed that the communities I have suggested would be built with specific attention to the weather potentialities of the areas where they are located.

The image I have of the sort of settlements we could build is of a stadium like structure that is not anchored to the earth so that when a quake hits it would shatter. No, it would essentially float.

There would be nothing more depressing following this disaster to see the recreation of structures that are vulnerable to future quakes. The fault that bedevils Haiti is no different from the San Andreas fault. It stretches in the direction of Jamaica.

I hope any who read this and who have interest in what ought to be the way the whole world builds in the future will investigate the considerable resources on this site for considering what can be done.