Notice: I will be closing this series of web pages within the next month or so as I have new interests that are more important to me than maintaining these essays.
"IMHO . . ."
Leon Felkins' Home Page
"The ultimate consequence of protecting men from
the results of their own folly is to fill the world with fools."
- Herbert Spencer
I am a retired engineer, with former employment mostly with aerospace companies, a stint in the military and another in teaching, now enjoying the good life in our log home next to a well-stocked lake on a small wooded farm (just like Thoreau's Walden Pond except with indoor plumbing, air conditioning, and a nice stereo :-) ).
For the moment, this page will only serve to link you to various other pages that I think are worthwhile, and my primary page devoted to politics and philosophy. I hope to add much more here, as time permits, on the several aspects of life -- possibly more important than philosophy -- such as family, gardening, music, and other amusements.
So what the heck is "IMHO..."? In the old days of Internetting, bandwidth was quite limited and therefore abbreviations were often used for standard, often trite, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, expressions. "IMHO" stands for "In My Humble Opinion".
I have added a Calendar and "Today in Political History" page for your enjoyment and enlightenment. There are many "Today in History" resources on the internet. What is different about mine is that it is: 1) limited to Politics and 2) it has links from the items displayed! Please give it a try. But be patient -- it is still under construction. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
On the pages of "A Rational Life", I provide an introduction to Political Philosophy, with an emphasis on the dilemmas that result from trying to form functional groups out of independent individuals. The close relation between the "individuals in groups" problem (the Collective Action problem) and rationality is examined in detail. Before you dismiss these essays as just another pile of political propaganda, you might want to check it out. My theme is to discuss the causes of this disturbing situation we're in and why you are part of the problem -- actually, most of the problem! Most of the stuff you read and hear is directed toward the symptoms of this illness: my essays attempt to get at the root causes of the illness. Note that I didn't say I had the solutions to the problems. However, IMHO, the first step is to correctly identify the problems.
Be forewarned: to examine the root causes of our societal problems requires some preliminary homework in subjects such as Social Dilemmas, Public Choice, Memes, Genes, Motivations and Common Sense. You will find it all on the pages of "A Rational Life"!
The Lady Liberty's Constitution Clearinghouse is an outstanding site for political information with a libertarian slant (which is to say, truthful). Historical documents as well as current news are presented along with lots of high quality links.
An excellent site for locating Names and Addresses of Folks and Businesses: Switchboard. Or try this one (sometimes one can find a name when the other one can't!) InfoSpace
One of the Internet's great sources for exchanging books, videos, music, or just plain junk; half.com. I use the site for both buying and selling. Great idea! When I want another book or CD, I go to there first. Most of the time I get the book or music I want, in essentially new condition, often for less than half of what it costs new.