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Principia Ideologica : A Treatise On Combatting Human Malignance Paperback – April 7, 1999

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...The Winston Churchill Medal of Wisdom, to be awarded to you for your World Affairs masterpiece Principia Ideologica...after reading your brilliant book slowly, carefully, and with great concentration over a period of four months, I came to the conclusion that you and Principia Ideologica deserve The Winston Churchill Medal Of Wisdom for distinguished achievement...what a monumental scholarly undertaking Principia Ideologica has been. Truly, it deserves national attention, and a standing ovation from our greatest and most influential American leaders from all fields of intellectual achievement. -- Dr. Leon Gutterman, President of The Winston Churchill Medal Of Wisdom Society, in Nominating Letter of October 25, 1999

...an impressive tome which has found a home in the library of the Pontifical Council forCulture. -- Cardinale Paul Poupard, Presidente Del Pontificio Consiglio Della Cultura, Citta Del Vaticano

...congratulations for this great work, you must and can be proud now...you did a really good job in what concerns UGEN [University of Geneva long-range quantum correlation experiment]...CONGRATULATIONS!! -- Dr. Wolfgang Tittle, Group of Applied Physics, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

An exploration into the malevolent ideologies that have reached their culmination in Western societies, the principles that can lead toward a new paradigm for peace, and applications of those principles for individuals, groups, and nations. -- Bookshelf, Columbia College Today, May 2000

You have done an exciting, original and challenging job. With great expectations I intend to follow your ideas, because the whole approach is so close to my intellectual attitudes...We will be in touch. -- Professor Mijat Damjanovic, Executive Director of PALGO, a major Serbian reconstruction organizaion funded in large measure by American corporations

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Principia Ideologica is the culmination of more than 60 years of development. During its early stages it garnered commendations and laudations from a great many persons of various stations in life, including the following: I have had the privilege of reading your magnificent series of radio talks...If I could have permission to cite your fine paper it would strengthen my own. Dr Franklin P Huddle, Special Assistant for Arms Control, Department of Defense. I have recently heard of and read with interest some of your material on ID'...very stimulating and positive concept. John Richardson, Jr, Radio Free Europe. Clearly without such an understanding, our policies are doomed to futility, as you suggest. Nelson Rockefeller. It was with great interest that I read your guest editiorial [Ideological Disarmament ] in Washington Report...It is an interesting point. Bernard Baruch, WWI Chairman of the War Industries Board, WWII Special Advisor to the Secretary of State, and U.S. Representative to the UN Atomic Energy Commission

Your presentation is thought-provoking. Ideologies have played an important role in world affairs, and aggresssive ideologies have in the past led to war. W Averell Harriman, Ambassador to the USSR, Secretary of Commerce, Governor of New York, Undersecretary of State, Chief U.S. Negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam. The point that ideologies do powerfully influence behavior and are a threat to peace is certainly true and very well made. Jerome D Frank, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The task of setting up a new ideological dimension is, as you say, an urgent one...A great movement, religious or otherwise, is indicated. Adolf A Berle, Resigned from American Delegation to WWI Paris Peace Conference in protest against terms of the Versailles Treaty, Member of FDR's Brain Trust, Assistant Secretary of State, Headed JFK Task Force that recommended the Alliance for Progress, Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School.

I don't know whether you know it or not, but this young man has written one of the very most important papers of his day. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. I attended the Iowa Library Association District Meeting at Mt Pleasant last week and heard your after dinner talk Defenses of Peace'...and I would like to have a copy of it if that is possible...I thought your message of such high caliber I wish my grandchildren, who range in age from 13 years to 26 years old, could hear it or at least read it. Minnie E Fane, Eldore, Iowa. I cannot emphasize to you too strongly how important the work you propose is...I cannot endorse it too strongly. Something like this absolutely must be done. Paul G Hoffman, Chairman of Studebaker-Packard, Head of the Marshall Plan, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

It is too early in the present stage, beginning with publication of the Principia in the Spring of 99, to have obtained significant experience to highlight, especially with such a massive and revolutionary opus. However, it is of interest to note that already colleges and major universities have added the Principia to their collections, including Columbia, Princeton and Harvard, with Princeton acquiring two copies, for the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and for the Social Sciences Research Center in Firestone Library. It is expecially interesting to note that after having read substantial portions of the Principia, Professor Mijat Damjanovic, Executive Director of PALGO, a major Serbian reconstruction organization with close connections to other Balkan, European and American organizations, emailed its author on August 26th that My first impression...is more than affirmative. You have done an exciting, original and challenging job. With great expectations I intend to follow your ideas, because the whole approach is so close to my intellectual attitudes...We will be in touch.

Any work seeking to deal with racism, religionism, ethnicism, terrorism, oppression, war or arms control that does not involve principles and methods of the Principia is simply pre-ideologic, and doomed to very limited, temporary and inadequate results.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Id Center (April 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966986504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966986501
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,389,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This a is complicated, difficult book. It is for people who want a complete foundation for their impulses to activism, and a guide for how to evaluate what they intend to do, or what they are now doing, because more than anything else, it is a guide to clear sociological thinking, and clear thinking in general.

It doesn't just dismiss ethnicism, racism, nationalism, religion and politics; it gives solid realistic grounds for dismissing them on the basis that they are not founded in clear thought. It doesn't just call for new theories; it tells you how to evaluate new theories when they are called for.

I have two tiny criticisms: there are quite a few typing errors, although the language is powerful, creative, and clear. The other criticism is that the typeface is Arial, which is difficult to read for long periods of time because it has too many straight lines.

I cannot overemphasize my recommendation. Read this book. It will change your life. I am not in any way connected with the author, but I intend to be. ormond at mail dot com
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J Bristol on November 11, 2001
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Principia Ideologica is a book whose time has come. Now, more than ever, people are in need of insights into violence and malignance. According to the text, Warre (using Thomas Hobbe's spelling and definition) is not just firing on each other on the field of combat. Any hostile situation is war (For instance, the book calls the Cold War World War III). The intent of the authors is simple: Who is right and wrong is irrelevant when both sides use an ideology of violence and license. The intent is not to establish who is right, but simply to put humanity on notice and explain why and how the killing must stop. The text examines all fields of human endeavor as tools in creating the Millennium, and a society no longer intent upon blowing itself to pieces. All fields of human endeavor are examined within their role in creating Warre and as instruments of peace, from physics to philosophy. Furthermore, the book avoids moon-eyed idealism (which it credits as a factor in human malignance) as a means to peace. Instead, the approach is practical, compelling, and non-confrontational. The idea is simple and elegant: Since wars begin in the mind, that is where the defenses of peace must be constructed. An excellent choice for people who think. This book is offensive to fundamentalists, nationalists, and racists. That is why I am proud to own a copy. I am normally a cynic, especially about anything proposing a solution to global problems. However, this book gives me hope.
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