Links to Organizations
New Perspectives Quarterly Journal with a reputation for cutting edge debate on current affairs with well known authors and thinkers.
Real Clear Politics
Online news summaries (US based) with a focus on political news.
Audio Archives of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CDSI) Recordings of discussions from 1958-1987. During this time CSDI brought together political and academic leaders, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, journalists, theologians, labor and community leaders focused on topics such as peace and war, democracy, dissent, community action, ecology and the environment, elections and the electoral process, immigration, international relations, law and order, the media, race and ethnicity, and religion. Prominent participants included Senator Alan Cranston, Upton Sinclair, Milton Friedman, Mortimer Adler, Cesar Chavez, Aldous Huxley, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Sander Vanocur, and Gunner Myrdal among many others.
The Walter Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life. The Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at University of California, Santa Barbara promotes discussion of how ethical teachings and values relate to civic life - at local, national, and global levels. It is committed to the fundamental belief that public dialogue and an informed and engaged citizenry are vital to democratic society. Non-partisan and non-sectarian, the Center seeks to strengthen and extend the principles on which such diverse, modern society rests, namely, tolerance and respect for the views of others, the practice of civility, and efforts at achieving the common good.
Ivan Illich's writings on society, technology, energy, equity, schooling, work and equity. Ivan Illich's collected works available online.
Ivan Illich was a writer, philosopher, priest, linguist and founder of the Centre for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1961. CIDOC was established nominally to serve as an educational language center for missionaries, priests and volunteers (many from the Kennedy program Alliance for Progress) coming to Latin America for the first time (more than 1200 priests passed through the program in eight years). However Illich's real intent was to counter the western institutional domination of the "development" of the Latin American. Illich forced many Latin American priests to re-think the dynamics of the church in Latin America and to look for an indigenous Latin American theology rather than accepting the theology imposed by the West. Many of the people who came through CIDOC were involved with the liberation theology movement and so Illich became associated with it, although he also offered criticism of liberation theology. The Vatican came to oppose CIDOC and after 10 years the members of CIDOC, fearing the success of the institution, decided to close down.
Links to Journals
The Manas Journal, published by Henry Geiger for 40 years 1948-1988. The Manas publication Statement:
"MANAS is a journal of independent inquiry, concerned with the study of the principles that move world society
on its present course, and with the search for contrasting principles, which may be capable of supporting intelligent
idealism under the conditions of the twentieth century."