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(101 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 12, 2010 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.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 26, 2010 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.
SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 14, 2010 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(45 comments) SHARE 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.
(15 comments) SHARE 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
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 16, 2010 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 3, 2010 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(21 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(19 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 3, 2011 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.