My Earlier Writings
Below are some of my past writings reflecting earlier interests, primarily on the topics of spirituality and politics.
The first four are blog posts from before I changed the orientation of the blog to book and movie reviews (along with my ramblings on my writing career).
Blog posts on politics:
Shifting Power Back to the People (April 25, 2015)
Invisible Political Facts (April 11, 2015)
My Adventure in Joining the Green Party (April 2, 2015)
Creating Your Political Enemy (March 17, 2015)
Blog posts on spirituality:
The Shifting Balance Between Security and Growth (April 16, 2015)
My Quest for the Historical Jesus, in 3 parts (March 20, March 27, and April 6)
Testing the Existence of God (March 14, 2015)
The remainder are articles from before I started the blog.
Articles on politics:
Instant Runoff Will Save Time, Money, Irritation (Eugene Register Guard, June 2008) An op-ed piece promoting the adoption of instant runoff voting.
Instant Runoff Voting and the Renewal of American Democracy (March 2007) Reviews the arguments for instant runoff voting using the most recent research at the time.
Distributive Justice and Property Rights: A Critical Analysis (Faces of Justice Conference, Grand Canyon University, October 2003) Critiques commonly held beliefs in the U.S. about property rights, and develops their logical implications for a just economic system.
The Futility of Empirical Policy Analysis Without Normative Policy Analysis (Public Integrity, v. 4, #2, 2002) Argues that empirical policy analysis cannot produce policy recommendations without relying on hidden ethical assumptions.
Ordinary Jurisprudence and the Democratic Firm: A Response to David Ellerman (Journal of Business Ethics, v. 35, #1, 2002) Critiques an argument of David Ellerman about the ethical grounds for democratic workplaces.
Kelso’s Binary Economy As Social Ethics (Journal of Socio-Economics, v. 29, #6, 2000) Assesses the arguments of Louis Kelso, the “father” of Employee-Ownership Stock Plans (ESOPs), for an economy of widespread capital ownership, rejecting his economic argument and accepting his ethical argument.
A Half Dozen Bold New Ideas for Spreading Capital Ownership, co-authored with Deborah Groban Olson (Business Ethics, v. 14, #5, 2000) Presents a variety of proposals from different sources for spreading capital ownership more widely.
Policy Frames and Ethical Traditions: The Case of Homeownership for the Poor (Policy Studies Journal, v. 23, #3, 1995) Shows how traditional views of the poor in the U.S. affected programs to help them become homeowners.
Articles on spirituality:
Discover Christian Zen (Christian Yoga Magazine, November 2012) How a particular branch of Zen Buddhism came to influence Christian meditation practice.
The Three Aims of Meditation (October 2010) How different virtues are necessary to facilitate each of three aims of meditation: calming the mind, insight, and awakening.
Mindfulness Practices in Counseling: A History and Literature Review (2010) How the Buddhist practice of mindfulness became appropriated for professional counseling in the West.
St. Teresa of Avila on Reaching the Seventh Dwelling Place (Spiritual Life, v. 52, #2, 2006) Examines the advice of St. Teresa, a famous Christian mystic of the 16th century, on reaching maturity in one’s spiritual life.
Adyashanti and Westernized Zen (November 2005) Compares the teaching of Adyashanti, a Westerner who came from the Zen tradition, to a few widely acknowledged Buddhist and Zen teachers of the past.
Christian Mysticism (October 2005) A short piece arguing that mysticism has been integral to Christianity from the start.
Meditation in Christianity (August 2005) Similar to the above article, argues that meditation has been integral to Christian practice from the start.
Beyond Meditation (Spiritual Life, v. 26, #1, 1980) Written when I was 26, this article is an autobiographical account of my early experiences with meditation and my initial encounter with the Christian contemplative tradition.