by John A. Wills


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Albatross is a book of philosophy and politics, working largely from what one learns in secondary-school language class but often fails to apply to the real world.

Application of what we learn in secondary-school language class to important social, political and philosophical questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595194186
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/10/2001
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

0.Baudelaire's poem L'Albatros and my translation of itxi
1.1Merton vs Rand discusses reconciliation of apparently opposite rational opinions3
1.2Serpent Group describes a way for patient people with a common faith to reach well-structured political opinions and construct strategies to realize those opinions8
1.3Looking at Unemployment, I give my own rational attitudes to the world after 5 years of unemployment13
1.4When Atlas Shrugs looks at some ideas about selfishness, suicide, etc.18
2.Analysis of various ambiguous and controversial concepts and ideologies shows that a great part of what people quarrel about is resolvable only when inspection of the underlying concepts and honest classification of ideas dissolves the original problem into more tractable components with less connection than might have been thought21
2.1A Change in Question shows how natural science advances through re-understanding of difficult questions by division of those questions23
2.2Creation shows that Fundamentalists and Village Atheists are victims of the same confusion26
2.3Introduction to Sexuality shows finally that homophobia and homosexualism are two sides of the same counterfeit coin. The tangle of ideas has relevance to abortion also30
2.4Hangwite in Context looks at an old legal concept and finds it has relevance still39
2.5The Meanings of Israel distinguishes the Biblical meanings of the name Israel and tries to cover the usual extra-biblical uses too43
2.6Kinds of Racialism systematically classifies racialisms not by morality but by ideal47
2.7Motives of Zionism is obviously related to both the previous analyses, and depends on them somewhat60
3.1Current Constitutional Crises in the World State motivates the following proposal, after giving historical background69
3.2The Next UN Constitutional Conference shows that a fundamental orientation is needed before any grand rearrangement of the institutional furniture. A proposed Statute of Rights and associated documents are submitted83
3.3Proposed Amendment to the Treaty of Maastricht is a proposal without commentary for a much shorter but similarly oriented constitutional change132
3.4Legislation Against Terrorism discusses much more important topics than terrorism by putting that subject in the context we require to justify any state action against it. The state principally considered is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland134
3.5Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States would return the Republic to the principles enounced in the theoretical part of the Declaration of Independence142
4.Political Proposals at infraconstitutional level follow147
4.1The Dirty Query accurately describes a current political problem using unambiguous pseudonyms instead of the ambiguous and misleading names which cloud reason in the current discussion149
4.2A Single Currency argues that we could have a planetary currency with less difficulty than the European Union is having with its low-level plan153
4.3Selective Prisons describes possible specialized prisons with a greater potential for correction than the current prisons of the UK(or anywhere else) have162
5.New Jersey Adventure is autobiographical. I cannot say just how it fits in with the essays, but I think it does169

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