Which Way to the Battlefield?
If the rest of us are to succeed in taking back the world from the .001% we must become clear about our values, the key issues, and our strategies. I argue that some form of democratic socialism must replace the current system of capitalism if the core values of true progressives are to be implemented in society. While we need to mount an aggressive assault against the .001%, the strategies must be non-violent.
Sunday, April 9, 2017(15 comments)
We Are the Parasite
If we are to have any hope that our species will survive the damage that the neo-liberal consensus is inflicting on the earth, progressives must become more radical in their thinking and political action. They must focus on the root cause of our extreme danger, which is the parasitic consciousness that underlies much of modern political thinking. The dominant political parties must be rejected in favor of a Green perspective
A Basket of Oppressions
Given the reality of the probable extinction of the human race, we are faced with two difficult questions:
What kind of political action is possible and relevant at this point?
How do we remain motivated to act with hope?
This article suggests a way of understanding our situation that may enhance our capacity for energetic political action, despite the bleak circumstances within which we find ourselves.
Gardungles, Morning Glories and the Apocalypse
This article begins with some ordinary observations about the ecological situation in the author's yard, and his struggles with his neighbors. It introduces the term "gardungle" -- garden + jungle, and defines ecological relationships in political terms. When the focus moves from the microcosm to the macrocosm, the need for radical, systemic change in highlighted.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Madness That We Inhabit
This essay explores the collective nature of the madness of our civilization -- a madness that has caused untold suffering to countless people, and now threatens the very existence of our species. After exploring the psycho/social/economic causes of the illness, it is suggested that the cure must be political in nature. We must radically alter the manner in which we relate to each other and the world we share.
Sunday, September 25, 2011(9 comments)
The Wall Street Protesters Have Recognized the Cancer
The protesters at Wall Street have recognized unregulated capitalism as the cancerous growth that threatens the human community, and ultimately the earth. The success of a cancerous growth is dependent on its not being recognized by the host. This article explores some of the ramifications of this insight.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011(1 comments)
The Politics of Being Here Now
In this article it is argued that "A God of love in a world of atrocities is necessarily a political God." Since I believe that the natural language of spirituality is poetry, myth, narrative and art, I use those formates to present the major points.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Imprisoning the People
Our society in its entirety has become a prison-like social system. This development was engineered by a small elite of the very wealthy to serve their own purposes. Our government institutions and the media are owned by this elite, and have facilitated the process. In order to evaluate whether we live in a free society we must examine all of our social institutions including our families, schools, churches and work places.
Sunday, December 26, 2010(12 comments)
The Collective Face of Evil
This article compares the amount of "evil" created by individuals with that created by social groups. It then explores some of the possible reasons that so much more is the outcome of social actions. Some important political ramifications of this are then explored.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010(15 comments)
The Scapegoat of Least Resort
Who is to blame for the catastrophic oil spill -" for the economic collapse -" for endless wars? If we assign the primary blame on too low a level, nothing will have been done to prevent ongoing catastrophes. This article suggests that we must look at the system itself -" unregulated global capitalism -" if we want to understand the root cause of those crises that currently threaten the viability of our species.
Saturday, July 3, 2010(2 comments)
Setting the Earth Free
Although it does not receive the attention it should, the question of technology is central to the current ecological crisis we are facing. In this article I suggest that there are two kinds of technology, that our survival as a species may well depend on which one we choose.
Saturday, June 12, 2010(101 comments)
A Worthy Act of Civil Disobedience
When we view the act for which Bradley Manning was arrested in a larger context, we see that it was the American government, not Manning, that was behaving in a criminal manner. Manning was opposing the crimes of his government by an act of civil disobedience.
Sunday, May 16, 2010(3 comments)
An Asteroid of Oil
The "but why" questions that we ask about how the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico could have happened lead beyond an assessment of the sins of the companies involved, and even beyond the obvious need for government regulation. They lead to the more fundamental question about whether the dominant economic paradigm on the planet risks our survival as a species.