APR-JUN, 2016

Episode 29, Homage to Luxenben   NEW  
13 July 2016

Word count: 7456
David Stelzer’s exploits come to an unexpected and untimely end.

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 12 (rev4) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2355
Angela revitalizes the discouraged political committee and sends them forth on Gad’s path

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 13 (rev 2) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2187
The political committee begins to formulate the principles it plans to embody in Newcapia’s new form of democracy

MOTHER NATURE’S COOKBOOK 
17 April 2016

RECIPE FOR  A NEW FORM OF DEMOCRACY STEP 1:  Take one medium-sized democracy STEP 2: Carefully remove the legislative and executive branches. Set aside in reserve. STEP 3: Fill the resulting cavities with wholesome, natural ingredients (see Bemeficent Society, Chapters 11-15 below) STEP 4: Discard reserve (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 11(rev2) 
17 April 2016

Word count: 2516
US Government has a case of bad memes. Martin and Angela seek a cure.

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 14 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1808
Martin describes the political committee’s replacement for legislatures: the Adminent

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 15 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1946
The polical committee discloses its approach to law making, the Volitionment

Episode 28, Homage to Luxenben 
16 April 2016

Word count: 5901
Stelzer does everything he can to thwart Project Seedfaith. Despite his failure to convince anyone of the futility of the mission, he remains unperturbed. Are there hints he has an alternative plan up his sleeve?.

International

A Cure for Assadism 
2 October 2013

Word Count: 3306
Yes, Virginia, there is a way to punish the bad guys without the United States invoking its “responsibilities.”

Vote “No” for Democracy   ARCHIVE  
3 July 2013

Word count: 2388
In the Middle East, one country after another is struggling to free itself from its authoritarian past. Are we helping or hurting them by encouraging them to adopt our version of democracy?

Newconomics Continued   ARCHIVE  
9 October 2012

Word count: 1852
Frequently Asked Questions. (Or, more accurately, if any questions had been asked, these would likely have been the more frequently raised.)

The Prevalence of Memes   ARCHIVE  
9 October 2012

Word count: 3671
More than we realize, our actions are governed by antiquated ideas that threaten the very existence of modern civilization. The essay describes how they may be combated.

Newconomics   ARCHIVE  
2 July 2012

Word count: 1882
A proposal for a workable economic system radically different than anything tried along the communist-capitalist continuum.

Ideas from Abroad, II   ARCHIVE  
30 March 2012

Word Count: 891 A random collection of practices in foreign countries that, on their face, seem superior to comparable practices of our own and, therefore, be possibly worth emulating.

Painless Solution to Greek Crisis   ARCHIVE  
24 October 2011

Word count: 451
Raising the possibility of a dual currency.

Winning the War on Terrorism   ARCHIVE  
24 October 2011

Word count: 2286
Our dilemma is that we must defend ourselves against terrorism yet, at the same time, the cost of doing so is unsustainable under the rules we have set for ourselves.

U.S. Politics

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 12 (rev4) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2355
Angela revitalizes the discouraged political committee and sends them forth on Gad’s path

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 13 (rev 2) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2187
The political committee begins to formulate the principles it plans to embody in Newcapia’s new form of democracy

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 11(rev2) 
17 April 2016

Word count: 2516
US Government has a case of bad memes. Martin and Angela seek a cure.

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 14 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1808
Martin describes the political committee’s replacement for legislatures: the Adminent

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 15 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1946
The polical committee discloses its approach to law making, the Volitionment

Notebook in a Nutshell 
2 January 2016

word count: 144
A sampling of miscellaneous posts

A Few Random Observations 
2 October 2013

Word Count: 2531
Taking note of President Obama’s unfortunate habit of tailoring his remarks to satisfy one overriding concern–that is to say, how well they play politically. And other pertinent comments on the national scene.

Newconomics, Revised   ARCHIVE  
3 July 2013

Word count: 3177
With all due respect for Karl Marx and Adam Smith, a suitable economic system for today’s world, cannot be found anywhere along the socialist-capitalist axis. An entirely new system, engineered from scratch, is called for.

U.S. Economics

Notebook in a Nutshell 
2 January 2016

word count: 144
A sampling of miscellaneous posts

Newconomics, Revised   ARCHIVE  
3 July 2013

Word count: 3177
With all due respect for Karl Marx and Adam Smith, a suitable economic system for today’s world, cannot be found anywhere along the socialist-capitalist axis. An entirely new system, engineered from scratch, is called for.

Eradicating Poverty, Part 1   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count 1777
The purpose of this essay is to show, first, how disadvantageous poverty is for all Americans and, second, how it might be gotten rid of once and for all.

Eradicating Poverty, Part 2   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count: 1008
The role of government, non-profits, and corporations in the eradication effort.

Eradicating Poverty, Part 3   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count: 4076
Six specific recommendations for meeting the needs of the poor without going broke.

Newconomics Continued   ARCHIVE  
9 October 2012

Word count: 1852
Frequently Asked Questions. (Or, more accurately, if any questions had been asked, these would likely have been the more frequently raised.)

Newconomics   ARCHIVE  
2 July 2012

Word count: 1882
A proposal for a workable economic system radically different than anything tried along the communist-capitalist continuum.

Empower the Unemployed   ARCHIVE  
30 March 2012

Word count: 1947
A new, short-lived form of corporation would give the unemployed an opportunity to rejoin the commercial world.

U.S. Social Issues

Bemeficent Society: Chpt 6 
30 June 2015

Word count: 650
The sociology committee gets its assignment

Bemeficent Society: Chpt 7 
30 June 2015

Word count: 2617
Underprivileged kid makes good thanks to neighborhood gang

Bemeficent Society: Chpt 8 
30 June 2015

Word count: 2858
Despite her perfect attendance and excellent student record, poverty-stricken girl could not graduate with her classmates.

Bemeficent Society: Chpt 9 
30 June 2015

Word count: 3995
Sentenced to living as a beach bum turns Howard from a thug into a successful businessman

Bemeficent Society: Chpt 10 
30 June 2015

Word count: 2765
Q & A session removes all doubts regarding Newcapia’s enlightened approach to sociology

I. Too, Have a Dream 
2 October 2013

Word count: 521
A white man listens appreciatively to Dr. King”s words.

Eradicating Poverty, Part 1   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count 1777
The purpose of this essay is to show, first, how disadvantageous poverty is for all Americans and, second, how it might be gotten rid of once and for all.

Eradicating Poverty, Part 2   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count: 1008
The role of government, non-profits, and corporations in the eradication effort.

Fiction

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 12 (rev4) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2355
Angela revitalizes the discouraged political committee and sends them forth on Gad’s path

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 13 (rev 2) 
24 May 2016

Word count: 2187
The political committee begins to formulate the principles it plans to embody in Newcapia’s new form of democracy

MOTHER NATURE’S COOKBOOK 
17 April 2016

RECIPE FOR  A NEW FORM OF DEMOCRACY STEP 1:  Take one medium-sized democracy STEP 2: Carefully remove the legislative and executive branches. Set aside in reserve. STEP 3: Fill the resulting cavities with wholesome, natural ingredients (see Bemeficent Society, Chapters 11-15 below) STEP 4: Discard reserve (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 11(rev2) 
17 April 2016

Word count: 2516
US Government has a case of bad memes. Martin and Angela seek a cure.

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 14 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1808
Martin describes the political committee’s replacement for legislatures: the Adminent

Bemeficent Society, Chpt 15 
17 April 2016

Word count: 1946
The polical committee discloses its approach to law making, the Volitionment

Episode 28, Homage to Luxenben 
16 April 2016

Word count: 5901
Stelzer does everything he can to thwart Project Seedfaith. Despite his failure to convince anyone of the futility of the mission, he remains unperturbed. Are there hints he has an alternative plan up his sleeve?.

Episode 27 of “Homage to Luxenben.” 
2 January 2016

Word count: 4880
Project Seedfaith is announced at the annual meeting and Neuman’s association with the project revealed..

Religion

Notebook in a Nutshell 
2 January 2016

word count: 144
A sampling of miscellaneous posts

Episode 16, Homage to Luxenben   ARCHIVE  
31 December 2012

Word count: 6883
Stelzer, Matilda, and Neuman attend a presentation at the Shrine in which a grove of trees acquaints the Founder with the belief system underlying Luxenben’s utopian society.

The Prevalence of Memes   ARCHIVE  
9 October 2012

Word count: 3671
More than we realize, our actions are governed by antiquated ideas that threaten the very existence of modern civilization. The essay describes how they may be combated.

The Case for a New Religion, Part I   ARCHIVE  
30 March 2012

Word count: 3396
Why religion was instrumental in furthering human progress and why its blind allegiance to ancient texts is preventing it from doing so today.

The Case for a New Religion, Part II   ARCHIVE  
30 March 2012

Word count: 2617
Given a spring cleaning and a new set of commandments, religion could once again assume its influential role of reformer and peacemaker

The Case for a New Religion, Part III   ARCHIVE  
30 March 2012

Word count: 1493
All it takes to get Cartism underway is a little programming.

Is Islam a Religion?   ARCHIVE  
30 September 2010

Word count: 950
Before Islam can be considered a legitimate religion, it has to act like one.

Creationism-plus   ARCHIVE  
16 July 2009

Word count: 1867
Creationism has enjoyed considerable success in its confrontation with various branches of science. Physics next?

word count: 1754

Commentary

Notebook in a Nutshell 
2 January 2016

word count: 144
A sampling of miscellaneous posts

The Erasmus Proclamation (rev) 
5 November 2015

Word count: 5825
There’s got to be a better way to run the world. A second look at what a sixteenth century scholar had said (or, at least, should have said.

Five Most Popular Posts 
30 September 2015

Word count: 96

Apology 
30 September 2015

Word count: 145
“Proceedings of the Bemeficent Society” takes a pass.

Recommended Reading 
30 September 2015

word count: 1687
The author lists what he believes are his thirty, most interesting posts entered over the Writer’s Notebook first five years.

Episode 25 of “Homage to Luxenben” 
30 June 2015

Word count: 9619
Wedding bells

READ IN 87 COUNTRIES 
30 December 2013

Thanks to the amazing coverage of the Internet, “The Writers’ Notebook” has interested readers from all corners of the globe and from every size nation. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)

Food for Thought 
2 October 2013

Word count: 1404
Gratuitous advice to grocers, restaurateurs and their patrons