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Write for Politics of Health and work with David Werner on issues of health. Worked in the field of "Mental Health" all my life. Am now retired.


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Free Speech, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 5, 2021
There Will Be No Discussion The dominant narrative since the onset of Covid-19 has been that the mRNA vaccines are the only solution. Challenges to this narrative have been belittled and suppressed. It has been claimed that the community treatment of the pandemic requires this denial of free speech. This article questions the wisdom of this policy. .
How we get information., From WikimediaPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 6, 2021
Has the World Become Too Dangerous For Democracy? This articled argues that free speech -- the open sharing of both information and opinion -- is increasingly being curtailed in the United States under a number of pretexts. This can lead only to a totalitarian society as freedom of speech both in news sources and between people is necessary for the survival of democracy. .
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2020
The Wrong Dream Every political group has a philosophy or a world view -- a myth, as it were -- by which it defines itself and in terms of which it views its purposes and plans its actions. This article attempts to sketch the myth of the economic elite that rules the world. I believe that they see themselves of Nietzschean "supermen" and as philosopher kings, and that they are oriented to a transhumanist point of view.
Chicken Little, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Chicken Little: Revisited (Reflections on Elections) This article explores the need to respect and include ALL segments of the population if we are to remain loyal to our progressive, socialist, anarchists and green traditions. One point it makes is that nothing is gained if we win elections by supporting the wrong platforms.
Shepherd, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Trouble with Modernity Materialism is one of the main pillars of the modern mentality. This fact has real consequences. The materialist foundation of our science, our technology and our politics leads us to treat other people, other societies, other species and the ecological order itself as complex objects to be controlled, manipulated and exploited rather than conscious purposeful beings that must be respected and with whom we must negotiate.
Steps to the sea, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Pedophile as a Folk Devil Our society is currently consumed by a moral panic about "pedophiles" and about child sexuality in general. This article explores some of the consequences of this panic, and pleads for a free and open discussion on the topic.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 28, 2019
What's a "Gardungle"? This article suggests that if the human race is going to survive it will be necessary to make much more fundamental changes than are usually talked about. Capitalism must give way to a socialist economy and our civilization's use of technology needs to be radically modified. The word "gardungle" is introduced and defined. It points toward a new relationship between technology and the natural world.
The Preacher, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2019
I'm Going To Talk About Jesus Now This article explores the nature of the reality that Jesus called "The Kingdom of Heaven," and its relationship to modern-day politics.
Hell on Earth, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 7, 2019
Is Creation A Pain Factory? Philosophical beliefs - even if they are not focused on consciously - impact a person's inclination to engage in political action. This article explores the political consequences of the belief that creation is a pain factory.
Me at the lake, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 3, 2019
A World Of Beautiful Things In this article I explore a sense of disconnect between what I have always wanted and what the world offered me - especially in school.
(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 14, 2018
Russia Did Not Respond A lot of progressives have put their hope in the idea that Russia and/or China will be able to curb the United States reign of terror in the world. This article suggests that this hope is ill-placed. Only a non-violent but aggressive revolution led by ordinary citizens from all the nations of the world will force the very rich to release their strangle-hold on the rest of us.
Poor Wise Man, From FlickrPhotos
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 14, 2017
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.
From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 9, 2017
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
Taxie for rich Americans., From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Why Good Women Vs. Bad Men No Longer Cuts the Mustard This article makes the case that, while identity politics has its place, used in the wrong way it can distract people from the more basic issue, which is class.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 30, 2014
I Believe in American Exceptionalism This article lists the ways in which American foreign and domestic policies have made this country truly exceptional.
The Buddha with a red flower, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Further Adventures of the Bodhisattva A little parable that speaks to the issue of radical inclusion.
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(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2012
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 25, 2011
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.

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