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Positive Deviance

As part of my on-going re-invention project, I’ve unsubscribed from a long list of political newsletters. I’m so, so tired of The Daily Atrocity. I’m so, so tired of the negativity, hatred, and finger-pointing. So I made those e-mails go away and have started subscribing to sites like The Daily Good and John Robb’s newsletter, […]

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 […]

Up Against the Wall, Again

I had a run-in, if you want to call it that, with a good friend, via e-mail. She is an inveterate political junkie and she sent me an e-mail that that contained a post by Paul Craig Roberts that referred to America as “amerika” and the journalists as “presstitutes”. When I took exception to the […]

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 […]

Right Wing Authoritarians

Like most people these days, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to. But I still read some that I think are important. One of those is Ian Welsh’s blog – www.ianwelsh.net. One of his posts, on the famous Milgram experiments, led me to pick up and read, again, Robert Altemeyer’s The Authoritarian […]

The Fallacy of “There Is No Choice”

An article published on the website of The Socialist Appeal cuts to the core of my objections to Obama. There is a choice, but it does not involve voting for the lesser evil. It involves the hard work of convincing others that participating in the rotten political system that exists in this country is a […]

Wisdom from Ernest Callenbach

Epistle to the Ecotopians By Ernest Callenbach [This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.] To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support — a world […]

Wisdom From Albert Camus

In these difficult times, wisdom comes from an unexpected source: Albert Camus. These words jumped out at me: “… I must state that I will never again be one of those, whoever they be, who compromise with murder…” Exactly right, and one of the many reasons I won’t vote for Obama. Camus wrote this essay, […]

Capitalism Re-examined

Some time ago, I stumbled across the work of Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan. I was impressed with what little I read, but it was not easy reading, so I slouched off to occupy myself with other endeavors. I recently returned and found some more digestible essays on their website and wanted to share this […]