Public libraries around the world are under financial pressure. Self-imposed austerity forces governments, especially local governments to cut subsidies and to raise membership fees. And many public libraries are forced to sell off part of their collection in order to survive. Continue reading Cooperative libraries
A long time I was thinking of ways the government might help to promote the use of open-source software (OSS). Now I realize I was looking at the issue from the wrong side. Proprietary software depends on the enforcement of intellectual property rights by the government. Continue reading Opensource and taxation
There are some unsolved issues relating to space colonization. Two of them are the effects of low gravity and space radiation on the human body. Hence we propose two research programs before space colonization will be realized. Continue reading Two research proposals
The battle against “illegal” downloading seems to be unwinnable and hence the traditional model of rewarding authors, musicians and other creative artists need to be revised. In our opinion an alternative compensation system is the best solution to protecting intellectual rights in the digital age. Continue reading Data Download Tax
Earlier we proposed the talent as the national currency of the Humanist Republic of Mordan. Each self-respecting currency has its own currency. We propose the following symbol as the sign of the Mordan Talent:
This symbol has Unicode 1D6F (latin small letter m with middle tilde). The m stands for Mordan and the tilde distinguishes with from normal letters.
For people with trouble to display above symbol, we have put a JPEG below:
We propose the following clause to the Mordan constitution:
No trade agreement shall infringe upon the rule of law, public health, human rights, animal welfare or the environment.
No trade agreement will be ratified unless such agreement is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters in a referendum.
This clause is in line with our position on alter-globalization.
This act will contain three main provisions:
- The metric system will be official system of measurements of the Humanist Republic of Mordan.
- Product information for consumers should be presented in metric units but other units are allowed as addition.
- Freedom of contract will be respected: contract parties are allowed to use any type of units as they see fit.
Our proposal is to abolish physical schoolbooks and to replace those with e-books on e-readers. We have two arguments for this proposal. Continue reading Education in space settlements: School books
With penal labour we mean here what is usually known as community service or community payback – a non-custodial punishment in some jurisdictions around the world. We prefer the term penal labour in order to distinguish it from it from non-penal forms of community service and because it makes clear that this is a punishment. Continue reading “Penal labour”