We are not Right Wing Christians and there were very few Christian writers I was willing to cite at the ACL ten years ago when we built the website. In fact I purposely avoided republishing any of the religious views thinking that was unecessary and clouded the issue. I provided links to religious people I thought were offering good research, and included in those lists were several I have since learned to distrust. It's okay, it's all part of the learning process that this kind of work requires, and our attachments to people and dialectical pieces are sometimes very deeply held and unbreakable. Especially when it comes to relgion. So I avoided it, wanting to leave something for people to hold on to and find out more about their own beliefs on their own. Today I see communitarianism is the global religion, and my next book is exploring the expanding communitarian religion, and all the churches embracing it, in detail. It's the final key to putting the whole plan into perspective, and as painful as it may be for some people to pull back this final veil, it has to be written.
Our original thesis poses that Communitarianism is the final synthesis in the Hegelian dialectic. But that means nothing to the average reader. Hegel confuses people with Master's degrees who read Hegel in college. Our first Hegel Communitarian tutorial was designed for my father, a US Army soldier who had no formal exposure to dialectial reasoning. We later laid out our argument so that Dr. Amitai Etzioni and the Communitarian Network, who we were calling out for a public debate, could follow precisely how we arrived at our conclusion in The Anti Communitarian Manifesto.
Part 1 went online in December 2002, and Part 2 was completed in spring 2003. We started at the upper academic level because that's where the only "debates" were taking place.
Over the years I tried hundreds of ways to explain it to the laymen who begged us for a "simple" explanation. I'm still trying, and my new approach is the 30 second flash card:
The new ACL website will have a beginner series of articles about Communitarianism and several new topic sections. After 14 years of studying and writing about Communitarianism, after a few years in the social networks meeting like-minded folks and some not so like minded, I'm ready to take ACL research to the next level, and put our information into the "game." And so is Nordica, without whom there would be no ACL, and no new ACL Books site. It should be going up in the next couple days. I'll let you know when it's up.