Fila Sophia

applied philosophy, deep democracy, sustainability / by A.R.Teleb

Open Letter to Muslim Brotherhood & Egyptian Opposition: A Way Out: Minimal Elections Maximal Participation

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the MB and NSF (National Salvation Front), Below is a way forward and perhaps an opportunity for Egypt to become a model for new democracy … Continue reading

2013-01-31 · 5 Comments

Unriddling Lochner: Pound’s Legal Philosophy Explains a Ton of Anomaly

Jurisprudence (philosophy of law) sounds like quite an intimidating word; but, as Roscoe Pound ably demonstrates, knowing a bit about what law is and what law sets out to do … Continue reading

2013-01-26 · 5 Comments

The Egg Came First: Plato’s Parmenides or How Progress Exists in Philosophy

Plato’s dialogue “Parmenides” is notoriously enigmatic. Viewing it through the proper (wide-angle) lens, however, it is quite readable and well worth the effort. In it, the philosopher critiques his own … Continue reading

2013-01-18 · 6 Comments

Defending the People from the Professors, John P. McCormick

Defending the People from the Professors by John P. McCormick. For some years now, while presenting parts of a book on Machiavelli and democratic theory across North America, I’ve been … Continue reading

2013-01-17 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Story: Albert R. Hall, A Real Wisconsin Hero

This is a story of the power of one dedicated individual, a story that could restore your faith in politics. This is a story about how a modest farmer, of … Continue reading

2012-12-30 · 4 Comments

If Crowds are Wise, Why isn’t Congress?

[Appeared Dec. 20, 2013 on Truthout. Look for comments there: http://bit.ly/1hsp2zr%5D We’ve all heard of the “wisdom of crowds” especially after James Surowiecki’s 2004 best-selling book by that name and … Continue reading

2012-12-25 · 6 Comments

US Presidential Elections 1912 to 2012: What’s changed? What’s still the same?

Wondering what has changed in society and politics over the last 100 years, I looked back at the 1912 election–no time-machine jokes please. What I found was not encouraging. Much … Continue reading

2012-12-18 · Leave a comment

What does Plato have to do with anything?

What does “Idealism” mean to you? I am referring to philosophical Idealism not the psychological variety–the kind that would call someone naive or unrealistic. Idealism in philosophy (and likewise just … Continue reading

2012-12-13 · 6 Comments

Could a Future Election be a Lottery?

What if politics were not a horse race? Hearing the junkies rattle on, the pundits and talking heads babble, I am struck by the game discourse. Every district, every seat … Continue reading

2012-12-10 · 17 Comments