The Reading Room: How it Works
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The Reading Room, or blog, as some prefer to call it, is a collection of well-crafted essays that explore creative possibilities for improving the way the American Republic works. Think of it as an “idea farm,” so to speak.
The articles are organized into topical categories, matching the structure of the model presented in Blueprint for a New America. The book defines a successful Republic as composed of 10 key systems, or components, which have to operate effectively to serve the needs of all citizens.
In addition to the 10 categories that relate to the 10 key systems, we have several others that provide a comfortably large playing field of ideas.
Reminder to Contributors: please read or review the guidelines and tips on the page under this menu, titled “How to Write a Dynamite Blog Article.” And, please choose carefully the category that you believe will provide the best context for your essay.
The Standard Blog Categories: (Read Articles. . .)
1. The National Conversation: an ongoing critique, analysis, and advocacy for a more civil, positive, and constructive conversation, in the news media, in social media, and in the halls of government. [View]
2. New Thinking for a New America: recommendations for helping Americans learn to think more clearly, critically, and creatively in this new Age of Dysinformation. [View]
3. “Dear Mr. President”: specific recommendations for actions the President can take to deal with important problems and improve the way the Republic works. Problem->Solution->Recommended Action.. [View]
4. Governance: the structure for leadership, the laws, and the general operations of the Republic; who runs things and how, from top to bottom (System 1). [View]
5. Defense: the military operations, resources, leaders, and people charged with protecting the people, the assets, and the territory of the Republic from foreign threats (System 2). [View]
6. Law & Order: standards for behavior that invite all citizens of the Republic to cooperate for mutual success, and the systems, processes, and mechanisms for enforcing them (System 3). [View]
7. Revenue: the systems, processes, and mechanisms for collecting and allocating the money needed to pay for the services the Republic provides (System 4). [View]
8. Commerce: the systems, processes, and mechanisms that promote a healthy and equitable marketplace, in which all business operators—large and small—have an opportunity to prosper by providing needed products and services (System 5). [View]
9. Public Services: the comprehensive set of services and their implementing infrastructure, which provide value for all Americans collectively (such as education, public infrastructure, and public health), or for those with special needs such as public assistance and other social services (System 6). [View]
10. Civil Liberties: the set of policies, laws, and implementing mechanisms that guarantee all citizens of the Republic equality of opportunity, equal access to public services, and equal treatment under the law (System 7). [View]
11. Immigration: the set of policies, laws, and implementing mechanisms that provide for the orderly intake of people seeking asylum, work opportunities, or citizenship status, and for the humane and efficient management of their status throughout the process of assimilation (System 8). [View]
12. Foreign Relations: the set of policies, laws, and implementing mechanisms that define America’s relationships with the many other nations of the world (System 9). [View]
13. The Environment: the set of policies, laws, and implementing mechanisms that define the conservatorial relationship of the Republic and its people with the “Commons”—the whole of the natural environment plus the “built” environment, or human-made infrastructure (System 10). [View]
14. The “Wild Card” Channel: a place for ideas, views, and proposals that don’t fall directly into any of the other channels. [View]