Howard Richards

Howard Richards is a philosopher of Social Science who works with the concepts of basic cultural structures and constitutive rules.

The Rules-Based International Order and the Foggy Bottom Blues

The four words “Rules-Based International Order” (RBIO) are surrounded by controversies.  I will review some controversies as a prelude to a proposal.  The proposal will recommend discarding the currently dominant discourses that are, as Michel Foucault might say, the historical…

The Failure of Development

In the closing years of the 1940s, when World War II had ended and its winners were reorganizing human life on planet earth, many feared nuclear war.  The delegates who met at San Francisco and founded the United Nations intended…

The Failure of the Expected Peace and the Suggestion of an Unbounded Way Forward

By the “expected peace” I mean the peace that was expected after World War II:  In a few short years after that war ended, the United Nations was founded, human rights were redefined to include social rights, colonial empires dissolved…

Economic Theory and Community Development: Why Putting Community First is Essential to our Survival

The new book by Howard Richards with the assistance of Gavin Andersson.  Foreword by Evelin Lindner.  Lake Oswego OR: Dignity Press, 2022.  Available on Amazon and other sites as a print book and as a Kindle ebook. Review by Michael…

Why Are Humans Fighting Other Humans when We Are Facing Extinction as a Species?

For critical thinkers, the cascading consequences of the Ukraine war are redundant proofs of what they already knew before the war: there are no solutions to humanity´s principal problems inside the framework of the basic legal and ethical structures of…

Does Gabriel Boric Have the Answer?

Who is Gabriel Boric?  He is the recently elected 35-year-old President of Chile. What is the question to which Gabriel Boric might have the answer? It is:  “How can the tide be turned so that social democracy, which is now  at…

Ending Poverty by Rethinking Thinking

First Premise:  “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.”  –Martin Luther King Jr. Second…

Ruling Out Social Democracy as an Option – And a Way to Rule it Back In

A decisive misunderstanding prolonging today´s mega crisis is the lingering belief that social democracy, as it existed in Europe during the thirty glorious years after World War II, and in a different form in the USA during the four terms…

A Proposal to Humanity: A Path to Surviving Today`s Megacrisis

After World War II it was widely believed that the formula for peace, dignity, and sustainable prosperity for every sister and brother in the human family, had been discovered.  The formula was often called “Development.”  Its ingredients included the steady…

A Call to Practice an Ethic of Care by Sharing Surplus

Given the institutions that today´s dominant economic science and today´s prevailing common sense assume, sustainable good jobs for everybody, paid for by the wage funds created by the sale of products the employees contribute to making, will never happen. There…

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