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Another Step on the Road

It’s time for my monthly update, I suppose. I’m not sure how it happened, but I stumbled across the Commons movement recently and everything (including hierarchy) has suddenly come into focus. It’s been a long journey and I surely wouldn’t have predicted that in September 2008 I would be where I am now. I’ll be […]

Well, now …

I subscribe to a few blogs that explore ideas, rather than engaging in political rants – I got rid of almost all of those a few weeks back. One of them, Systemic Disorder, has some really interesting posts. The other, Ian Welsh, tends more towards political rants, but there are some commenters there who offer […]

The True Believer

It’s been many years since I read The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer, but this time around was just as educational as the last time. The book is short – 168 pages – and I read it in a few hours. Hoffer’s contention is that “mass movements do not usually rise until the prevailing order […]

Social Dominance Theory

I’ve had the book, Social Dominance, by Jim Sidanius and Felecia Pratto, lying around my house for a couple of years now. I hadn’t gotten around to reading it because I wasn’t ready for the ideas that it contains, apparently. I started this blog back in September of 2008, in reaction to the horror I […]

10 Lessons for Verizon Strikers

I’ve altered the title of the article that I’m linking to, because I think those who support the strikers at Verizon (I do!) should know about these facts and study them. One of them is this: in 1937, when the economy crashed again (like it will now, now that Obama and the Republicans are cutting […]

Blood Lust

I have one final question about the demise of Osama bin Laden: what will change with his death? David Swanson, in a piece published on CounterPunch on May 2, answers that question for me. Piles and Piles of Corpses Killing Osama, Resolving Nothing By DAVID SWANSON The plane I was on landed in Washington, D.C., […]

The Psychology of Revenge

Thoughtful analysis is always the victim of the blood lust and celebration that sweeps nation states after the death of publicly declared enemies. That was proven, once again, by the spectacle observed across this country after the death of Osama bin Laden. Perhaps in the weeks to come, after the emotional response dies down, the […]

Should We Ignore Glenn Beck?

I find the most intriguing writers while doing research on my interests. I would attribute that fact to the linking power of the World Wide Web, not to any particular expertise on my own part. This latest discovery was the result of doing a search on the phrase “mindless class”, which was a phrase used […]

Sara Robinson on Fascism, Part III

I’ve held off on posting the final part of Sara Robinson’s series of essays on fascism in America for fear of turning off my readers. The popular picture of fascism, with references to Hitler and Mussolini, just clashes too harshly with our national mythology, doesn’t it? Fascism is sneaky – it doesn’t always look like […]

Eric Hoffer, the longshoreman philosopher

John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate led me to re-open a line of inquiry that I have visited in the past: fanaticism and mass movements. Eric Hoffer’s book, The True Believer, published in 1951, is often cited as the most important book to read when trying to understand fanaticism […]