- There are few political words in the English language
that make less sense to American readers than the term "communitarian."
There are few White House advisers whose names remain as unfamiliar to
the American people than the founder of the Communitarian Network, Dr.
Amitai Etzioni. And there are very few people worldwide who will claim
they understand the Hegelian dialectic. (There are even fewer people who
want to try.) The problem is, without an understanding of this theoretical
triad, there can be no rational or learned discussion of local, national,
or international politics.
- Most academics are familiar with some or all of these
terms, and some people have heard of Etzioni. The basic reasoning behind
contrived conflicts have all been part of the political discourse for the
past century. Many political science texts teach the student to accept
Hegel's theory of achieving "God's Idea," without ever explaining
that is what they are teaching. As a result, many educated people cannot
recognize when they are being manipulated by a Hegelian motivated political
- Dr. Etzioni (who is often called a "guru" by
other communitarians) explains where modern communitarianism comes from
in the introduction to The Essential Communitarian Reader (1998). He admits
the term communitarian originally meant: "a member of a community
formed to put into practice communistic or socialistic theories,"
in the 19 th century. But in case that worries us too much, he assures
us Webster's changed the definition in 1909 to mean: 'of, pertaining to,
or characteristic of a community.' He tells us the editors of his little
group called the Responsive Community, "recognized that communitarian
ideas can be found throughout history, although the term itself was coined
only in 1841 by Barmby, who founded the Universal Communitarian Association."
Wikipedia has just a little more to say about Barmby.
- "John Barmby is also known as the person who coined
the word "communism" during a visit to Paris in 1840 in conversation
with some followers of Gracchus Babeuf 1. He introduced Engels to the French
communiste movement 2. They founded the London Communist Propaganda Society
in 1841 and, in the same year, the Universal Communitarian Association.
Later, the Barmby's had recast their movement as a church by 1843. Researchers
at Rutgers University explain:
- Seeking a richer spiritual life than <http://mail.google.com/wiki/Owenism>Owenite
socialism or Chartism offered, soon after their marriage Catherine and
Goodwyn Barmby founded the Communist Church. Although the church expired
in 1849, in the mid-1840s it had more than ten congregations. 
- "Between 1854 and 1858 Barmby was <http://womhist.binghamton.edu/awrm/intro.htm>minister
of the Free Christian Church in <http://womhist.binghamton.edu/awrm/intro.htm>Lancaster,
Lancashire, where he held the title of <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goodwyn_Barmby>Revolutionary
Pontifarch of the Communist Church.
- Communitarianism was first introduced by a communist
who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. But, according
to the more moral Etzioni, one day the idea to form a Responsive Community
jumped up and hit him in the head. It happened after he noticed a bunch
of elite Harvard students who expected to receive a fair trial by jury
said they would rather not serve on a jury. He found this sort of selfishness
troubling. So, because he cares about people so much, the good guru made
a lunch date with William Galston, where they realized the "Middle
Ground" did not have a platform. So they decided to write one. "It
seemed a subject worth exploring," he says.
- One day in 1999, the communitarian police showed up in
my Seattle neighborhood to inspect our private homes for cleanliness, and
to interview us for possible volunteer jobs we could do to help "Rebuild
Community." They said it would help us feel safer. To me, born in
the USA and a lifelong US Army brat, this new concept for making me safer
seemed a subject worth exploring.
- I asked the Seattle City Council and all seven city agencies
who planned to inspect my home and "help" me where they had obtained
the authority to invade my privacy and make me a conscript. They responded
with some choice phrases that not one of them could define for me. It took
me a year to find the sources for terms like "livability issue,"
"quality of life," "full-blown-fear," and "sustainable
development" (one of which appeared on every document I read!). I
was told that all the "innovative strategies of enforcement"
being tested on my neighborhood were allowed, because my 4 th Amendment
right to protection from warrant less searches had been "balanced."
(And, in 2005, the Ninth District US Appellate Court upheld the city's
"efforts." Dawson v. Seattle)
- Most of my early research was a back-and-forth written
correspondence with the City of Seattle. From 1999 to April 2004 I had
gathered about 2500 government documents under the WA Public Disclosure
Act of 1979 and the Freedom of Information Act of 1974. (I also used US
Code 552a). I read every meeting note they produced for me. I learned every
acronym and player's name. I made detailed charts for the attorneys on
both sides of the several lawsuits that later arose. But it wasn't until
I found Etzioni in March 2000 that I could identify what those terms meant
to my government.
- All the while I was studying every piece of paper the
city allowed me to copy for 15 cents a page, I was also trying to understand
their "logic." They all appeared to have studied at the same
obscure specialized school that taught them an entirely different concept
of US government than I had ever learned. I never got my degree, but I
aced Poli Sci 101 and US History 101 my first year of college. I almost
quit trying, but then one day, it just jumped up and hit me in the head!
I remembered a class I took on Existentialism at UAA in 1982. I remembered
my professor going insane trying to explain the Hegelian dialectic to me,
and that I had written a paper explaining why I didn't "get it."
I begged him to let me drop the class. He wouldn't, and I suffered. I read
the selected work's list and passed with a low C. All those years I never
understood why he gave me an A+ on that paper.
- That's when I began re-reading Hegel. And honestly, I
was so miserable I started suggesting my (then) 16 year old daughter should
study it, figure it out, and then explain it to me. She was uncooperative
at first, but eventually she grasped the fact that if I was working so
hard to stop this new "enforcement" when I had always appeared
to be a rational adult (most of the time anyway), then maybe it was as
serious and important as I kept telling everyone it was. The only reason
our thesis exists is because my daughter helped me to walk through the
brainwashing I'd lived with all my life. It's a very painful journey.
- The entire world is being manipulated by the ancient
Talmudic legal conflict theory. The Talmud is a series of oral arguments
about the hidden legal meanings inserted into the written Torah. The Torah
is the basis for the Old Testament. Branches of Talmudic scholars include
mystics, sorcerers, freemasons and alchemists, many of whom also study
what's called the mystical Cabbalah or "the Tree of Life." Here's
the real kicker: Amitai Etzioni means: "Tree of Life from Zion."
- To even attempt to point this out to an American audience
can be most damaging to the speaker. I, along with several other American
writers, have risked (and lost) my reputation and my economic security
only because I've tried my best to educate Americans on the topic of communitarianism.
- For my persistence and dedicated efforts I have been
much maligned and ridiculed. I've been forced into making some very difficult
and dangerous life choices in order to continue my studies and writings.
So, for all the people worldwide who do or will accuse me of being a conspiracy
theorist, a right-wing wacko, or a radical libertarian/individualist, I
put forth the following challenge:
- Our thesis is that Political Communitarianism is the
synthesis in the Hegelian dialectic. Our paper shows our historical evidence
for our conclusion, and we also answer the "why?" I first made
this challenge to Etzioni's Network in 2002. After we posted our "What
is the Hegelian Dialectic?" thesis at the first ACL website, I emailed
it out to Dr. Etzioni, the Communitarian Network, and the American Sociological
Association. Over the years since I've sent it to college professors around
- If I'm wrong about communitarianism, and anyone in the
world can prove it to me, scientifically, with documents to dispute mine,
I'll make a humble, public amends to the guru. If I'm wrong, you have my
word, I'll never write another unkind word about Etzioni and his elite
little band of liars and con artists. Even though nobody has ever once
disputed me with factual evidence showing proof that's contrary to my findings,
it's always been possible that I am indeed totally wrong.
- As of today, over 2300 ACL visitors have answered the
poll on our thesis page, and that number is growing steadily. Over 600
of these responses came from students, teachers, and professors. I may
have, with my daughter, Nordica Friedrich, one of the most widely read,
wholly original political theses in the world. For those who wonder why
we have not received a degree for our efforts, you need only do a quick
keyword search for "anticommunitarian studies programs." As those
who take the time to look will readily see, none exist, worldwide. I expect
they'll find only a link to the ACL's hope that one will be established
- Our grassroots research website/institute is the only
place in the world devoted exclusively to anti-communitarian studies. So
even though I do not share the honors bestowed on Etzioni for his phony
theory, I am an undisputed "expert" in my field. And, I just
keep learning and studying. Thanks to Jason and Pete, I have a few of Etzioni's
hardcover books and other hardbound books and CDs, so I can continue my
studies out here in remote Alaska where I live without electric or phone.
I'm actually reading at night by candlelight and gratefully using my sister
Kathy's laptop with a battery.
- I'm preparing to write a series of articles introducing
readers to the most important aspects of this complex and confusing theory
that leads to a global communitarian order. First I'm gonna go work for
some real money, then I can sit down and use all the material I've gathered
over 8 years of study.
- Georg William Friedrich Hegel was a German theologian
and philosopher who formed a theory of history to help dispute the American
principles for individual freedom based in natural law. Amitai Etzioni
is a German-Israeli immigrant who came to the US to further Hegel's synthesis.
First in this series of articles will be a new introduction to the Hegelian
dialectic, just for the "common man." I will ask Nordica to edit
for me. As readers of 2020 know, she has a knack for simplifying my work.
- © 2007 Niki Raapana- All Rights Reserved
- Niki Raapana is the co-founder of the Anti-Communitarian
League (ACL), an online research center for studying outside the box.
- Niki is also the recent author of the non-fiction biography,
2020. Unlike the ACL website (which is a massive endeavor) 2020 introduces
the global community government in 100-pages using laymen's terms for average
readers. Price: $20.00, includes S&H. Send check or money order to:
Nikki Raapana, HC 60 Box 329, Copper Center, Alaska 99573 or order online
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