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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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(101 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Abu Graib, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 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.
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.
(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.
The Scapegoat, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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.
Image of Prison by Goya, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From ImagesAttr
(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.
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.
(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.
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
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
From ImagesAttr
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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. .

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