>Ron: Mark, both my wife and I used to live in the Seattle area[...]About 1971-72. Eventually we met much closer to our homes[...]Long Beach, Mississippi! Where we still live right inside the "dead zone!" Yes, we stayed[...]after the storm! A wonderful and monsterous experience!
>Ron: [...]I feel that Charles has the right material, but he just needs to transpose it about a thousand years or so closer to the present, and in some/many cases much more than a thousand years.
-M: I think that the origins of the Abrahamic faiths are quite a hot topic. Charles, Rohl, Osman and Ellis can keep doing what they do best. Many people are ready for this material. I think that there are enough to create atleast one sustainable and powerful organization.
>Ron: Charles knows this and most of the time he allows me to post. And for that I thank him! Ciao, Ron
-M: Charles, thanks for this group.
As for this organization, it starts with polling and a list. Top controversial authors would be contacted to provide a list of their favorite living controversial authors. I put the critical mass at around 30. This would then be analysed with SD2.
Who would win? Who would come second and third? The competitiveness would add to the excitement, and would greatly build the credibility of those that are the top selected. The results could be spread all over the alternative media:
Who are controversial authors' favorite controversial authors?
(Selected in order by a peer endorsment algorithm.)
1. Jack Conspiracyauthor
2. Fred Unionorganizer
3. Jane Civilrights
4. Ahmed Egyptorigins
5. Ron Radical
If this gets media attention, I think it would, conditions would be right to organize a publishing house.
A publishing house obviously is a business. It can be organized as an educational nonprofit or as a business corporation, or as both - a non-profit owned business corporation. The last gives the best operating flexibility and financing options, but the simplest to start with would be a business corporation.
To attract investment capital, detailed by-laws would be needed. And it would be needed to be explained to potential investors that they would not control the corporation, but the top authors would control it.
"But wouldn't the top authors vote to pay themselves huge salaries and drain the corporation?" asks the potential investor.
"No, its fixed in the bylaws that authors will only be allowed to be paid by royalties on their books and nothing else. And these royalties are fixed to the industry standard rates." says the organizer. When book-buyers hear about this system, this will greatly add to the prestige of the publishing house:
"Published by Controversial Books, an author controlled publishing house."
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