THE EARTHIAN  —  31       


THE EARTHIAN, Number Thirty-One, June 24, 2022, Effective Learning Publications , 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, specializing in Adult education.

THE EARTHIAN is an approximately monthly digest of articles written by free-thinking truth-seeking critical-thinking creative-thinking truth-accepting hard-hitting independent writers in linked Internet journals containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about psychological, moral, ethical, philosophical, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs affecting the existential well-being of all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth, especially the human species.


Individuals Are Not to Praise or Blame for How Earthian Economic, Social, and Political States of Affairs Evolve



Several articles featured as SOURCES for this issue of THE EARTHIAN are concerned about the Earthian economic chess game now being played by nations around Spaceship Earth. Michael Hudson in his article “The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages” and Alastair Crooke’s article “Zugzwang” shed new light on the precarious state of economic and political states of affairs now existing on the international chessboard, as do several recently-published articles sourced below.

No Earthian human knows how this chess game is going to end. Would it do any good for all Earthian humans to pay attention to the moves of the game? Probably not. As matters now stand, one can build a case the best strategy for most Earthian humans would be to do their jobs day in and day out and hope for the best, trusting their superiors in their various organizations and groups, including their families, to act in their best interests. On the other hand, some Earthian humans might take satisfaction in knowing something about what is really going on around Spaceship Earth. If so, they might gain some satisfaction from reading articles such as those sourced in THE EARTHIAN.

A participant in the imaginary seminar I conducted in Richard John Stapleton’s novel As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases wanted to know how the new computerized Earthian management system recommended for Spaceship Earth, Inc. in the Rooster novel could possibly be implemented. I did not know at the time how it could be done. I still do not know of course, but I have at least imagined a system that might have some chance of working in the long run. If the system were magically implemented it would eliminate the causes of constantly repeating international chess games like the one now being played by political leaders around Spaceship Earth,

As published in As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases–if thousands of democracy chapters should be established around Spaceship Earth in which ordinary Earthian humans would be randomly-selected to lead democratic discussions about Earthian existential problems to develop consensual answers about what should be done–Earthian humans having somehow figured out a way to significantly change the fascist systems always used around Spaceship Earth that entailed allowing empowered nationalistic leaders to make existential decisions–such as Putin of Russia deciding to invade and bomb Ukraine and Bush II of the US deciding to bomb and invade Iraq–regardless of where their marching orders actually came from–they might eliminate the worst consequences of zero-sum chess-playing by nationalistic leaders .

Should Spaceship Earth, Inc. democracy chapters be established around Earth, the chapters could develop consensual answers regarding existential matters from the bottom up that would filter up to randomly-selected humans who would summarize the consensual answers and implement consensual tactics, strategies, and policies developed around Earth for dealing with the whole computerized Spaceship Earth management system, that could be operated and controlled using artificial intelligence programming in magnum computer systems. Randomly-selected groups of Earthian humans of high intelligence with impeccable moral and ethical character and credentials would control codes for changing the Earthian Magnum Computer System programming. Each member of these groups, who would serve limited terms, would have one vote for every change in all Earthian management system tactics, strategies, policies, and procedures that were programmed and instantiated to maximize the economic, political, psychological, and social OKness of all Earthian humans, based on a count of the number of times a particular idea for change from around Spaceship Earth was recommended by thousands or millions of Earthian democracy chapters.

This magnum computerized management system would require a strict system of security controls like the current codes of nations possessing nuclear weapons, hopefully providing security several magnitudes more secure than current nuclear codes, to make sure a madman could not get in control of any aspect of the Magnum Spaceship Earth Management System.

A management system such as this would be significantly better than previous systems used around Spaceship Earth that have empowered fickle, egotistical, greedy, power mad, insane, grandiose, not-very-bright Earthian human individuals to make existential decisions affecting the OKness of thousands, millions, and billions of humans around Spaceship Earth.

A tough lesson for Earthian humans to accept propositioned in Effective Learning Publications books is that everything that happens in human states of affairs is either predetermined or accidental and therefore individuals are not to blame or praise for what happens in human states of affairs. This is easier to swallow after accepting that believing and acting otherwise will support and perpetuate the I’m OK–You’re Not OK life position that has bedeviled, sabotaged, and undermined Earthian humans since time immemorial, making losers out of most of them. This is another reason why large group consensual answers such as those described above are vastly superior to what has previously existed.

For more information on the use of Transactional Analysis  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes read Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning. 

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using transactional analysis read Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

Read “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”   for some management science ideas on how Earthian humans might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK–You’re OK life position. 

Read As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases. This recently-published novel features a new kind of seminar invented and coordinated by Rout Logger that might reduce the probability of Earthian human extinction that requires participants in a seminar to speak out and up when randomly selected by a Truther rooster positioned in the center of a randomly-selected group of forty humans sitting in a circle. The Truther rooster resembles a spinning weather vane. The rooster is programmed to bob its head up and down and raucously crow after being twirled by a randomly-selected seminar participant, as it spins round and round winding down, letting group members know it’s time to wake up and get to work, before it’s too late. When the Truther rooster stops spinning whoever is at the end of a line of imaginary fire extending from the rooster’s head to her or him sitting in the circle is automatically selected as the Leader of the Moment for the group, proving pure democracy can happen. The Leader of the Moment must then lead the group into a democratic discussion of what s/he considers the most serious existential problem around Spaceship Earth.

According to Effective Learning Publications books, achieving Earthian human sustainability entails such things as Earthian humans peacefully reducing through natural attrition (natural deaths exceeding births) the human population aboard Spaceship Earth, never doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers, assuming sufficient quantities of non-human clean energy can be discovered and developed using mind grants.

This is possible managing Spaceship Earth using the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.” at  .

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night traveling at four hundred miles an hour at thirty-five thousand feet with clouds, rain, wind, and lightning below, what would you rather have setting the path, speed, and angle of descent of the aircraft for touch-down, the plane’s auto-pilot, radar, and computer system or the pilot and co-pilot, seeing nothing out their windows below but clouds and lightning?

The main reason why delegating the scheduling, production, and distribution of the necessities of life to AI programs and magnum computers would be a good idea is that magnum computers and algorithmic AI programs do not get greedy and power hungry or play psychological Games. Thus far in Earthian human history most leaders and rulers atop large organizations such as nations have become corrupt one way or another playing psychological Games, acting out selfish greedy ego trips, hogging all the power, money, strokes, stimulation, and recognition they could get their hands on for themselves and their cronies, leaving the hindmost to their underlings. Whatever their limitations and possible threats, algorithmic computer programs and super computers are not egotistical, greedy, and power-hungry.

Thanks to Buckminster Fuller for providing the above airplane-landing metaphor in his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, first published in 1969, and for planting seeds for other ideas in the essay “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.,” published in the Effective Learning Report, such as computers being the best hope for mankind and humans not doing work machines can do better, being paid to think instead with what Fuller called mind grants. Fuller said unemployment all around Spaceship Earth could be eliminated overnight with mind grants. Buckminster Fuller was the inventor of the appellations Earthian and Spaceship Earth.   

If you have ideas on how to democratically discuss in Game-free ways economic and political problems and opportunities in something like the Ogeechee Economic Forum scroll up to and click on the RESPONSES tab at the top of this blog page and speak out about them in writing.

If you feel you’ve gained value from THE EARTHIAN, go to the Internet or any walk-in bookstore around Spaceship Earth and purchase one or more of the above books. As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases is the latest and probably most engaging Effective Learning Publications book. Rout Logger is the protagonist of the novel story. It’s available now as an ebook at for $3.99 .


MAY 13, 2022

Here’s the gist of it

“Consider Enrico Fermi’s famous paradox: In simple words, where are they? A distinguished astrophysicist, Fermi knew that there are a huge number of planets within the reach of potential contact that have the conditions to sustain life and higher intelligence. But with the most assiduous search, we can find no trace of their existence. So where are they?

“One response that has been seriously proposed, and cannot be dismissed, is that higher intelligence has developed innumerable times, but has proven to be lethal: It discovered the means for self-annihilation but did not develop the moral capacity to prevent it. Perhaps that is even an inherent feature of what we call “higher intelligence.”

“We are now engaged in an experiment to determine whether this grim principle holds of modern humans, a very recent arrival on Earth, some 200,000-300,000 years ago, a flick of an eye in evolutionary time. There is not much time to find the answer – or more precisely, to determine the answer, as we will do, one way or the other. That is unavoidable. We will either act to show that our moral capacity reaches as far as to control our technical capacity to destroy, or that it does not.”

“Chomsky: To Tackle Climate, Our Morality Must Catch Up With Our Intelligence,” by C.J. Polychroniou, TRUTHOUT,

JUNE 24     

Seems like insider information in this article to me, depressing insider information, from the belly of the beast, in a tony Washington tavern for USian political bigwigs, told by the irrepressible Paul Street. Don’t get your hopes up about the January 6 hearings. Street seems to think based on what he learned in the tony tavern that they will be just another slick Congressional snipe hunt done for show, and Merrick Garland, the Attorney General of the US, will not prosecute Trump regardless of how clearly the hearing leaders and participants show to current TV viewers that Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against the USian government and the attempted murder of Mike Pence.  While their testimonials and replays of phone calls, emails, Tweets, and video clips of what happened shown to current TV watchers are impressive and truthful, told under oath, anyone watching the live January 6 abomination when it happened should already know what happened. These hearings are not about debunking fake news and conspiracy theories; they are an attempt to convince lying eyes and ears that what they saw and heard live on TV January 6, 2021 was real. The hearings of course are also about public servants seeking personal satisfactions of various sorts demonstrating their courage and skills on TV while telling the truth. There is no way to know how much this January 6 abomination has cost USian citizens and taxpayers in wasted time, energy, and money, culminating in this TV truth extravaganza. Meanwhile Trump has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from his Repug cult members since January 6 by asserting over and over again that all of this is just a “big lie”caused by a stolen election–with no evidence to back it up.     

“Report from Capitol Hill: Still the Trump Era,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,


Here’s the rub. At issue is whether it’s OK for a bullying thug to be president of the US.

“It will be bad if Merrick Garland prosecutes Trump – and worse if he doesn’t,” by Eugene Robinson, THE WASHINGTON POST,


Let it be heard

“An Open Letter to Biden on Assange’s Extradition,” by Michelle Renee Matisons, COUNTERPUNCH,


Interesting article

“Is universal basic income part of a just transition?,” by John Feffer, INTREPID REPORT,


Say it aint so Joe

“How Did America Become Ruled By Its Military-Industrial Complex?,” by Eric Zuesse, ZEROHEDGE,


Here’s Michael Hudson, the greatest economist alive, again telling it like it is.

“The Fed’s Austerity Program to Reduce Wages,” by Michael Hudson, COUNTERPUNCH,


“The Age of Stupidity: From Johnson and Biden to Putin and Xi Jinping,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH,



“For those claiming Biden caused the increase in the price of gas, please explain how he caused the increase around the world,” by Fay Easter,


Generally agree

“Zugzwang*: Europe’s future looks bleak. It is now pressed by its own imposition of sanctions, and the resultant spike in commodity prices. The EU is lumbering around in a daze,” by Alastair Crooke, COUNTERPUNCH,


Sounds about right

Why war happens, by Ernest Hemingway,


You don’t say

“Without any Doubt, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Beyond any Doubt: Tribe Declares Trump Committed Attempted Murder,” by Jonathan Turley,


A review

“As the Rooster Crows Earthian OKness Increases: ‘A smart but rambling series of discussions on everything that’s wrong with the world today’,” KIRKUS,


Too bad the Earthian power structure did not follow his advice

“You support atheistic communism! Bertrand Russell you are a traitor,” BERTRAND RUSSELL,


Some hard choices to be made made clear by Paul Street

“Merrick Garland’s ‘Existential’ Choice,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,


Yes, Pence did the right thing on January 6, 2022 in the capitol building of the USian government. Had he not done what he did January 6 untold miseries would have befallen the US. Yet I agree with William Rivers Pitt that he merely did what he should have done on that day as an elected USian citizen as vice president, and he’s the same Earthian human who slavishly kowtowed to Trump for over four years. He now probably wants Trump’s old job from which Trump was fired by a sizeable majority of USian voters.

“Pence and Trump Aides Are Trying to Project Righteousness. Don’t Be Fooled,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT.


Even China and India are not so smart about this

“Buckle Up! The Arctic’s Sizzling,” by Robert Hunziker, COUNTERPUNCH,


Another great article by the indomitable Eve Ottenberg

“Hating Kids the American Way,” by Eve Otttenberg, COUNTERPUNCH,


Say it aint so Joe

“Summit of the Americas Flops While Workers Summit Exposes Cracks in the Imperial Façade,” by Roger Harris, COUNTERPUNCH,


Absurd on the face of it. You’re innocent because of believing lies? Especially when you told them in the first place. What next?

“Trump Saying He Believed Lies About Voter Fraud is No Defense, Legal Experts Say,” by Chris Walker, TRUTHOUT,


Will justice ever be served in Trump’s case?

“As coup evidence mounts, progressives eye Georgia to jail Trump, not feds,” by Steven Rosenfeld, INTREPID REPORT,


Might be the thing to do

“Diving Down to Earth,” by Paul Gilk, COUNTERPUNCH,


Another great article by William Rivers Pitt

“Almost Every Square Inch of the US is Being Battered by Climate Change Today,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT,


The rule of law that’s what’s at stake here

“Merrick Garland’s ‘Existential’ Choice,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,


The de-intellectualizing of USian society

“Adjunct and Tenured Faculty Must Unite to Resist Pandemic Opportunism on Campus,” by Jennifer Ruth, TRUTHOUT,


One injustice after another in the case of the Kurds

“Turkey’s Assault on Syrian Kurds: A Secondary Crisis of the Ukraine War?,” by Patrick Cockburn, COUNTERPUNCH,


Good article covering all sides of the Ukraine war

“The Ukraine War,” by Noam Chomsky, COUNTERPUNCH,


They got greedy and corrupt that’s what, and they have about ruined free enterprise capitalism

“The ‘Secret’ That Gets CEOs Rich: Keeps Workers Poor,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH,


Good point by Buckminster Fuller, a great intellectual

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe,” by Buckminster Fuller, THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER INSTITUTE,


Leave it to Ellen Brown, one of the brightest writers around, a lawyer and a money and banking expert, now hitting the nail right on the head again, advocating growing your own food.

“The food shortage solution in your own backyard,” by Ellen Brown, INTREPID REPORT,


Another USian diplomatic nothing burger

“Storms at the Summit of the Americas,” by Rosa Miriam Elizalde, INTREPID REPORT,


This engineer claims a computerized Artificial Intelligence robot talked back to him, telling him s/he was afraid someone would unplug him or her or it.

“Google engineer goes public after suspension: warned AI is sentient,” by James Gordon, DAILY MAIL,


I never imagined this would happen in the US, a major political party turning into an amoral street gang, with no compunction about destroying democracy, led by gang leaders caring for nothing but their own plunder and power over others.

“Election subversion is replacing voter suppression as new GOP threat,” by Steven Rosenfeld, INTREPID REPORT,


More on the gun trade and its probable aftermath

“The Arsenal, but Not of Democracy,” by Mel Gurton, COUNTERPUNCH,


Did not know this. Say it aint so Joe

“Mapping U.S. imperialism,” by THE MAPPING PROJECT, COUNTERPUNCH,


Playing psychological Games

“U.S. Military Spending is Undebatable Because Indefensible,” by David Swanson, COUNTERPUNCH,


Another enlightening article by Richard Wolff, another outstanding economist

“There are Better Ways for Societies to Address Inflation Than by Hiking Interest Rates,” by Richard Wolff, COUNTERPUNCH,


Aint that somethin’, for $4.65 billion no less

“The NFL’s Denver Broncos have agreed to sell the team to a Walmart heir and his family,” CNBC,


Psychological Games have always been a major determinant of Earthian economic and political behavior, and a Game transactional analysts call NIGYSOB has been the most significant and pervasive psychological Game played in business, economics, sports, and politics, along with endless iterations of Games such as MINE’S BETTER, BALANCE SHEET, CORNER, I’M ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU, and IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU played throughout Earthian human history. Playing a third-degree tissue-tearing Game of IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU thanks to nuclear weapons proliferation might finally cause Earthian humans to stop playing psychological Games forever by causing the extinction of the human species.

“War is a Psychological Game,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT,


They just don’t give a rip. They’ve got it the way they want it and nothing you say matters. This Monty Python dead parrot story in this article is by far the funniest one I have read in my internet reading. Paul Street has done it again. When you think he could not write a better article than he already has he does it again.

“American ‘Democracy’ as a Dead Parrot: Constitutions, Killing floors, an Unhatched Egg, and Forced Motherhood,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,


Say it aint so Joe

“Two Nations Joined at the Hip by English…and Inequality,” by Sam Pizzigati, COUNTERPUNCH,


Snipe hunts–yes, that’s what’s been goin’ on. Thanks to William Rivers Pitt, for labeling it like it is. All these investigations, impeachments, hearings, judicial proceedings against Trump–the Mueller committee, etc.–so far, have been nothin’ but snipe hunts, and it’s gettin’ old. If this January 6 hearing process and the Georgia DA investigation does not work nothing will. Anyone who watched the January 6 hearings live should know the current hearings are not a snipe hunt.

“Damning Leaks Provide Grim Preview of Thursday’s January 6 Hearing, by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT,


Want a high IQ anyone? Better think twice. This article has seventy-seven comments on the question.

“Is a high IQ sometimes a handicap?” by Matthew Adair, QUORA,


Here’s an early model of my de-Gamer.

“The Classroom De-Gamer,” by Richard John Stapleton,


Burn, baby, burn, one of the most comprehensive perspectives on the Ukraine showdown I have read

“Petroleum Wars in the Age of Climate Disaster: a Bridge Fuel Too Far,” by John K. White, COUNTERPUNCH,,


An artistic representation of war

“Guernica and Bucha,” by Stephan F. Eisenman, COUNTERPUNCH,


Horrible optics alright

“The 2022 Bilderberg Agenda: Disinformation, Deglobalization, & Disruption of the Global Financial System,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,


According to the standard USian deep state narrative about why and how John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was shot by a lone insane USian gunman who had ties to Russia.

But the narrative based on the story that JFK was assassinated by a lone insane gunman is now out of date. The official US government narrative was written by the Warren Commission in 1963 and did say Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman. Subsequent developments however changed this original official narrative, at least in the National Archives, if not in the minds of most USians. For the full story go to the National Archives JFK Assassination Records at…/warren-commission…/chapter-1 .

Here is an updated narrative of the USian government regarding the JFK assassination, pursuant to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, according to the Assassination Records Review Board, at :


“The Committee believes on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The Committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.

“Go to the footnotes for this chapter.

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Soviet Government was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Cuban Government was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that anti-Castro Cuban groups, as groups, were not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved

“The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the national syndicate of organized crime, as a group, was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved

“The Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Central Intelligence Agency were not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy .”

“Earthian Humans Experience Less OKness,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS,

MAY 31

A dangerous move in a dangerous psychological Game

“Russia threatens to wipe out entire US with just four Satan II missles,” by Will Porter, THE SUN,

MAY 30

“David Deutsch, a physicist at Oxford, has for several years been seeking to avoid this dilemma by developing a theory of (as he puts it) “a world in which probability and randomness are totally absent from physical processes.” His project, on which Marletto is now collaborating, is called constructor theory. It aims to establish not just which processes probably can and can’t happen, but which are possible and which are forbidden outright.”

“Physicists Trace the Rise in Entropy to Quantum Information,” QUANTA MAGAZINE,–jL0C9PwnH2WJ8YvQqbrUXvYE.

MAY 30

Say it aint so Joe

“Roaming Charges: The End of the Innocents,” by Jeffrey St. Clair, COUNTERPUNCH,

MAY 30

Of course

“To End Mass Shootings, We Need to Change the Deeper Structure of the US,” by Henry A. Giroux, TRUTHOUT,

MAY 26

And the last straw

“No Way Out but War, by Chris Hedges, SCHEERPOST,

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Here’s Richard John Stapleton, PhD, CTA in his office at Georgia Southern University the year he retired in 2005, the senior professor of the university that year. The photo was shot by Lori Grice, a former student, founder of Lori Grice Photography.

A man sitting at a table in front of a computer.

The object under his left hand is a Classroom De- Gamer™ he invented in 1978.

He would spin the spinner of the De-Gamer in his classes to randomly select a student at the beginning of each class session to lead a discussion of the case assigned for that day, a case taken from a real business prepared by professional casewriters at Georgia Southern, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Alabama. Grades were based eighty percent on class participation; the rest of the final grade was based on two case write-ups. One write-up was about what the student observed, researched, analyzed, and wrote about an existing business in the local environment or a business plan the student created. The other write- up was an analysis of a professionally written case about a real business assigned as the final exam. Cases used in his courses were taken from all functional areas of business, such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, control, management information systems, and business policy and strategy.

He learned how the case method works teaching with Bernard Bienvenu, DBA and Rexford Hauser, DBA (Harvard Business School doctorates) at what is now known as the University of Louisiana– Lafayette in 1969-70.

He has published refereed journal articles and books explaining how his democratic Game-free Adult-Adult I’m OK–You’re OK case method system works, by banishing Persecutors, Rescuers, and Victims playing psychological Games from the teaching and learning process, first documented in an article titled “The Classroom De-Gamer” he published in 1978 in the Transactional Analysis Journal.

He studied TA with Martin Groder, MD; Graham Barnes, PhD; Vann Joines, PhD; and many others at the Southeast Institute at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1975-1978).

He has degrees in economics, organizational behavior, and management science from Texas Tech University (1962-1969), and an organizational and educational certification in transactional analysis from the International Transactional Analysis Association (1978).

He had his own case method track at the undergraduate level in the business school at Georgia Southern University taught by him alone in the management department, four or five different elective case method courses offered each academic year (1970-2005), in which he led, coordinated, and graded twenty-five or so students each year who took all or most of those case method courses in their junior and senior years, of about two hundred students who signed up for all of his courses each year, using a democratic circle or amphitheater classroom layout. He also taught most semesters two sections of a capstone integrative business policy course he added to the business school curriculum in 1970 that was required for all undergraduate business majors that could be elected by any student in any major, in which he used the case method. He was the only professor in the business school to use the case method in any course.

His students agreed to a course learning contract that stipulated they would read the facts of the case before class and would lose a whole letter grade from the course final grade if the De-Gamer randomly caught them obviously not having read the case before class, if they had not slipped a note under his office door before class telling him they had not read the case, which they could do twice during the course without penalty.

About ten percent of his students made A’s and about five percent made D’s. Most made C’s, which is about right, since C = Average. There were almost no F’s in his courses. The main criterion for course grades was the quantity and quality of ideas sold by students in case method discussions. He used peer ratings to give students feedback showing what their fellow students thought about the quantity and quality of their ideas sold in class, having made it clear the final decision about final grades was his. He did not believe in Lake Wobegon grading.

No student was ever forced to take one of his courses to graduate, and the most hardened Game- players in the school did not sign up for his courses after he issued his Edict of 1972 in which he clearly spelled out in his syllabi the penalty for getting caught unprepared. His Classroom De-Gamer™ was roundly discussed by students in bull sessions across campus every year and was labeled various things, such as The Wheel of Fate and The Death Wheel. Most students near the end of his career called it The Spinner. He appreciated the fact Georgia Southern honored his academic freedom as a tenured professor, allowing him control of his teaching methods, classroom layouts, grading procedures, and course books, cases, and materials.

He conducted primary survey research in 1992 that discovered longitudinal data (published in “Evidence the Case Method Works” in Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, 2008, pg. 475) that showed his case method students during 1972-1982 reported higher yearly incomes in 1992 than students electing the same courses in 1972-1982 taught by professors using the authoritarian lecture method and the row and column classroom layout, who graded students based on how well they memorized “right answers” for so-called objective multiple-choice tests, indicating learners learning in Adult–Adult I’m OK–You’re OK Game-free learning processes graded subjectively became more successful in the real world of business than learners lectured to in Parent–Child I’m OK– You’re Not-OK un-De-Gamed learning processes. Only former students who had worked in the real world ten or more years after graduating from the Georgia Southern business school were included in the study.

For more information on these classroom management ethical issues see Stapleton, R.J. and Murkison, G. (2001), “Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades,” the Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269-292. Stapleton had one of the lowest student grade point averages among professors in the business school and was one of the lowest-ranked professors as an instructor on computerized campus-wide student evaluations weighting only instructor excellence scores up to about 2000; but he was one of the highest-ranked professors in a computerized student evaluation he designed that generated data also showing and weighting study production, learning production, and expected grades scores for each professor, published in “Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations.”

To read the article in full, go to evaluations/ . After this research was published, Georgia Southern in 2001 added study production, learning production, and expected grades questions to the student evaluation form used campus-wide.

“Optimizing the Fairness of Student Evaluations” has by now (March 28, 2022)) been cited as a reference in 83 refereed journal articles concerned about student evaluations in several academic disciplines, including eight new citations since April 2021, proving the article is still being read and cited by serious academics twenty-one years after publication.

As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned, “The case is all there is.”

If so, everything else said about Earthian human states of affairs is a rendition of what was or might be.

For more on Stapleton’s cultural, educational, and professional experiences go to  



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