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Glen Allport
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Glen Allport co-authored The User's Guide to OS/2 from Compute! Books and is the author of The Paradise Paradigm: On Creating a World of Compassion, Freedom, and Prosperity.


Columns by Glen Allport

Love and Freedom in Avatar
Glen Allport 2010-01-25 04:00
Exclusive to STR [Spoilers ahead] A month after its opening, “Avatar” has brought in more than $1.8 billion worldwide and is still packing theaters, which suggests that it may become the first film to pull in $2 billion or more.   There are many reasons “Avatar” is so popular – it is visually gorgeous and inventive, it tells a good story, and the film's casting...
The Year Ahead: 2010
Glen Allport 2010-01-08 04:00
 Exclusive to STR "'A lot more people were living on the edge than we ever even anticipated,' Haynes said. 'So many people were just barely making it. It's absolutely shocking.'" ~ Hospitality House spokesman Barry Frost, quoted in Economy Creates Newly Homeless by Kimberly Edds, OC Register, December 11, 2009   "There is no normality and no recovery. You cannot spend...
Ringo's Law and the Healthcare System of Doom
Glen Allport 2009-08-12 16:00
Exclusive to STR - 1 - The Law Some years ago, noted philosopher Ringo Starr described an important and now-famous discovery: "Everything government touches turns to crap." That observation clearly deserves elevation in status from the mere "something Ringo said" to the more formal Ringo's Law. Ringo's Law generates accurate predictions and explains events in useful fashion;...
Time for Government to Finally Ban Itself
Glen Allport 2009-05-28 16:00
Exclusive to STR   May 29, 2009 - 1 - Behind the Mask, Systematic Evil After centuries and millennia of tyranny, war, mass murder, torture, corruption, legalized theft, unjust imprisonment, economic devastation, and other needless evil, isn't it finally time we banned the cause of all that horror? Can we not find the strength to end this intrusive, violent, coercive scam -- this conspiracy...
Psychology of the Quantum Wrongness Field: Part 2
Glen Allport 2009-04-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR April 6, 2009 - 1 - Will Misperceiving Evil be the End of Humanity? Some of the worst mass-murderers in history -- many of them, in fact -- are idols and folk heroes to millions of people, not for what the mass-murderers actually did, but for what those murderers and their supporters said about and wanted to believe about the mass-murderers. In many cases, the people idolizing...
Psychology of the Quantum Wrongness Field: Part 1
Glen Allport 2009-03-29 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 30, 2009 - Introduction - In Marooned in the Quantum Wrongness Field (April 2007), I took a humorous look at a serious subject: the wrong-headed common beliefs underpinning much of the violence, injustice, and misery in this world. Some believe that no actual "quantum field of wrongness" exists, but in fact the entire universe -- from electric charge to light and...
Further Adventures in the Quantum Wrongness Field, Economic Crisis Edition
Glen Allport 2009-02-25 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 26, 2009 - 1 - Deeper into the Wrongness I described the common state of Wrongness in Marooned in the Quantum Wrongness Field (April, 2007). Today, the public is predictably being lured ever-deeper into Wrongness by propaganda about the economic crisis. Among other things, we are told that adding trillions of dollars in new federal debt and printing oceans of new money-...
Complete List of Poor Nations That Have Adopted Socialist Governments and Then Become Prosperous
Glen Allport 2009-01-28 04:00
  Exclusive to STR - 1 - The List   [ *** null set *** ]   There are no formerly-poor nations that have adopted socialist governments and then become prosperous.   - 2 - A Note on Terminology   The public's definition of "socialism...
The Year Ahead: 2009, Part 2
Glen Allport 2009-01-15 04:00
  Exclusive to STR - Introduction -   Part One of this column discussed the economic situation and government action, and several readers complained that I was not cheerful or optimistic in my views. Today's column won't be any more upbeat, I am afraid, although I do offer some positive notes and suggestions in the final section...
The Year Ahead: 2009
Glen Allport 2008-12-31 04:00
 Exclusive to STR "We are facing an unprecedented emergency," [ Toyota ] President Katsuaki Watanabe told a year-end news conference. "This is a crisis unlike the crises of the past."  ~ Toyota sees "unprecedented" crisis by Chang-Ran Kim, Reuters, 12/22/08   "When...
Grand Theft America: "All Your Wealth Are Belong to Us"*
Glen Allport 2008-10-30 17:00
Exclusive to STR "What the Bail-Out does is saddle the country and all its 'taxpayers' with new trillions of debt and makes it such that every 'taxpayer', regardless of how wise, cautious and frugal he may be, owes loads of Federal Reserve Notes (money) to the Federal Reserve Banking system. What will the 'taxpayers' receive for this new tax saddle? The answer is that they have received and...
The End of America
Glen Allport 2008-10-06 16:00
Exclusive to STR October 7, 2008   "Trends which cannot continue, don't." -- Attributed to Warren Buffett and others   - 1 - The most obvious trend which cannot continue today is the maintenance of prosperity in America by means of ever-increasing debt and monetary inflation. The America we grew up in, the America we are used to -- in terms of not only prosperity but also...
Shield and Strength: The Power of Love, Part 2
Glen Allport 2008-09-23 03:00
Exclusive to STR "It would seem that given a good start in life, almost any kind of stress can be withstood later on." — Arthur Janov, The Feeling Child, 1973, p. 144   - 1 - Strength and Warmth, Amidst Devastation and Pain   Occasionally...
The Meaning and Value of Gold
Glen Allport 2008-08-27 03:00
 Exclusive to STR in·trin·sic (¹n-tr¹n“z¹k, -s¹k) adj. 1. Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent. --in·trin“si·cal·ly adv. ~ from the 1994 on-disk edition of The American Heritage Dictionary - 1 - Does...
2008 Update, Part 2
Glen Allport 2008-07-08 03:00
  Exclusive to STR Last week we looked at trends for the economy and for government action, and found the situation less than optimal, in much the same way that an outbreak of Ebola in your neighborhood would be less than optimal.   This week we consider the situation for commodities (and in particular oil and metals),...
2008 Update
Glen Allport 2008-06-29 16:00
Exclusive to STR June 30, 2008 - 1 - 2008's First Half So far, 2008 has been a thrill ride of the worst kind: The Dow has given back nearly all its gains for the last two years, housing prices and sales continue dropping with "no sign of a bottom" (per S&P spokesman David M. Blitzer, quoted in Housing prices post record declines at, prices for food and other...
Fund Government Like We Fund Apple
Glen Allport 2008-05-18 16:00
Exclusive to STR May 19, 2008 Among the most common objections to a non-coercive, civil society is the funding question: "Where would money for X or Y come from, without taxes?" The obvious answer is that the money would come from the same place it comes from now: the people. There is no magic "funding fairy" to supply government with money; all government money comes from the...
Random Thoughts
Glen Allport 2008-04-20 16:00
Exclusive to STR April 21, 2008 - 1 - Why the Public Can't Think Straight We all know that the government lies to us, that it uses propaganda to support the lies, and that, for the most part, the corporate media is an integral part of the government/power elite propaganda machine. These things are obvious to any American with even a room-temperature IQ. For that matter, it's hard to think of any...
Engine of Cruelty
Glen Allport 2008-03-23 17:00
Exclusive to STR March 24, 2008   - 1 - The Chinese are at it again, murdering peaceful Buddhist monks and Tibetan protestors. Not that Chinese government cruelty is anything new; for instance, China has been detaining, torturing, and executing Falun Gong members and members of other groups for years. Thousands of prisoners have been executed for their organs (video, 5 min 12 sec), which...
Shield and Strength: The Power of Love
Glen Allport 2008-03-09 17:00
Exclusive to STR March 10, 2008 "Love is the central ingredient in building a strong and resilient personality. It equips us with the mobilizing chemicals such as dopamine that allow us to be aggressive, to establish goals and pursue them, to stand up for ourselves and have the energy to accomplish things. It accounts for self-confidence, a 'can-do' attitude. It prevents the need for drugs...
Core Values
Glen Allport 2008-02-24 17:00
Exclusive to STR February 25, 2008 There are only a few universal core values required for a healthy life and a healthy society, yet there are hundreds of religious sects and political movements and parties. The blizzard of rules, beliefs, supernatural storylines, government-as-parent schemes, god-as-parent fantasies, and all the rest of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes odd, sometimes...
Dogs and Love, Part 3
Glen Allport 2008-02-11 04:00
Exclusive to STR One of my favorite hobbies is trying to understand my dog. I want to grasp what might be going on in his mind and feelings and thus to get a sense of where his experience is alien to mine and where it is similar. Unlike, say, marathon running or stamp collecting, this is a hobby without clearly-defined parameters, actions, or metrics for success, but I find it compelling...
The Unmasking of the Corporate Media
Glen Allport 2008-01-27 17:00
Exclusive to STR January 28, 2008 - 1 - This is the year the corrupt corporate media loses what little credibility it still has. Not that the Old Media deserved much trust or respect in the past; it has always been, with rare exceptions, a way for rich white men (and a few other rich people) to mold public opinion in whatever manner they desired, which typically meant "whatever manner would...
Summerhill and the Central Thread of Life
Glen Allport 2008-01-20 17:00
Exclusive to STR January 21, 2008 - 1 - Two Books on Love and Freedom I recently bought two books on A. S. Neill's Summerhill School that I'd not had in my library for many years. One was Neill's autobiography, "Neil! Neil! Orange Peel!" (1972) and the other was "Summerhill: For and Against" (1970) -- a collection of essays about the school by supporters and detractors. Among...
Memo to the Movement: Initiating Force Is Out, Even When You Think It's a Good Idea
Glen Allport 2008-01-13 17:00
Exclusive to STR January 14, 2008 In Could We Ever Justify Restraining Someone From Doing Drugs? (Part I), Danny Shahar suggests that ". . . a drug user might not fully realize the nature of the choice she is making, and so we might want to prevent her from making a poorly informed, and regrettable, decision from which she might be unable to recover." He adds, "But all I'm saying...
Ebooks Everywhere
Glen Allport 2010-11-04 03:00
Column by Glen Allport.   Exclusive to STR  (Paper is so Fifteenth Century) A Review of Amazon's E-Book Software and the Devices it Runs On     I resisted ebooks until recently, despite my somewhat geeky background. I've been a heavy reader since childhood, which means that books – real books, printed-on-paper books – have been a big part of my life for a darn long...
Could the Non-Aggression Principle Stop the Sixth Great Extinction?
Glen Allport 2011-07-11 00:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR [A five-part series]   Part 1: Civil Society Requires Non-Aggression (and one thing more)   Unless you're a hard-core libertarian, you probably haven't heard much about the non-aggression principle, or NAP. That's a shame, because the NAP is what would have saved the world from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill (and...
'Obamacare Nightmare Edition' of Ringo's Law and the Healthcare System of Doom MUST READ
Glen Allport 2013-10-30 08:02
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR Introduction for this 2013 Edition As I write this – October 28, 2013, more than four years after the column below was posted (here with minor edits; see the original at this link if you wish) – NBC News is reporting that the Obama administration “knew millions could not keep their health insurance" under Obamacare, and has known...
Frameworks, Virtual Reality and Civil Society: A Manifesto for the Doctrine of Love and Freedom MUST READ
Glen Allport 2012-12-06 08:44
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR Perhaps I should say this paradigm shift is resuming. The healthier incoming paradigm is a modern, more accurate, better-supported, and better-understood version of one that began the shift towards a free, healthy, and prosperous world more than three centuries ago and which informed the creation of the United States itself: Classical Liberalism. - 1...
Timeline of a World-Killing Paradigm Shift MUST READ
Glen Allport 2012-05-14 00:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR   Part 3 of "Could the Non-Aggression Principle Stop the Sixth Great Extinction?"   Part One of this series discussed the Non-Aggression principle, calling it "the libertarian half of the Golden Rule" (compassion being the other half) and describing the function of aggression in creating not only tyranny and war but also...
Terrorist Alert: Government Extremists Threaten Americans MUST READ
Glen Allport 2012-03-26 00:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR   Question: are you more terrified by Muslim extremists, by "domestic terrorists" – or by your own government? Which group is more likely to assault you? To kill you? To unjustly imprison and even torture you?   The U.S. federal government has ALREADY:   Built and is staffing a huge gulag of concentration camps ["...
How the 1% Took America's Wealth--and How to Get It Back MUST READ
Glen Allport 2011-12-01 01:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR  - 1 - Plundering Wealth vs Producing Wealth   In recent decades, the rich have gathered an increasing share of the total wealth in the United States. As this wealth disparity grows and especially as large numbers of the formerly middle class fall into poverty and even into homelessness, this flow of wealth from main street (from anyone not...
'Anarchy or Minarchy' Is Only Half the Question, Part 2 MUST READ
Glen Allport 2011-04-13 03:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR  This is Part 2 of a response to a column by Wesley Messamore. Last week's Part One of this column discussed the following:   ·      Minarchy: Lighting a Match to the Fuse of Tyranny ·      Anarchy: By Itself, Yang without Yin ·      The Missing Key...
The Pathocracy Unmasked MUST READ
Glen Allport 2011-02-11 04:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR - 1 - Exposed as Criminals and Psychopaths, the Coercive Elite are Desperate to Stop the Flow of Honest Information     "When Bush cancelled his trip to avoid prosecution, the human rights groups who prepared the complaints made it public and announced that the Bush Torture Indictment would be waiting wherever he travels next." CCR...
Had Enough Government 'Regulation' Yet? MUST READ
Glen Allport 2010-08-19 03:00
By Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR    - 1 - The Blessings of True Regulation in a Civil Society   Many things should be regulated – for health and safety, for protection against fraud, and for other reasons.   Regulation is a normal function of civil society. We don't want to get electrocuted when we touch a toaster or vacuum cleaner, for example, and the makers of...
The Abolitionist Argument in 35 Seconds MUST READ
Glen Allport 2010-06-21 03:00
Exclusive to STR   -1- ". . . a power too great and terrible to imagine."   The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released on Blu-Ray in April, which reminded me that I hadn't seen the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, since its theatrical release in 2001. While watching the film again I was struck anew with its abolitionist message – a message that is clear,...