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You Are What You Eat

You remember the 70s PSA “Time for Timer?”  No?  C’mon!  How old are you? I still sing them to myself, but mostly the one about cheese: the lyric “I hanker for a hunk of cheese” could hardly be more apt for me. Another of the PSA messages offered by “Timer” was “you are what you […]

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To First Do No Harm, Do Nothing First

I am become more convinced that the best and possibly only truly good philosophy of right action is this one: Do No Harm.  As the title of the post proposes, we can likely only approach this philosophy by doing nothing.  Many actions are positively destructive, and so harmful.  I would like my actions to positively […]

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Factionalism and Common Cause

We are confused about how certain protections in the form of regulations may be considered good for one case but bad for another.  We are further confused by an impulse that makes some of us feel that regulations can enhance freedom and others feel that regulations are de facto anathema  to freedom.  The first believes […]

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Dissent and Disinterest: Cause IN Common

Cause IN Common: A Call to Action Storm for Governor A Foundational Antagonism: our first step dis·sent verb (used without object) 1. to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree (often followed by from ) 2. to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take […]

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Experts Serving Interests: Academic Collusion in the Corporate State

Readers of Errant musings know that my primary focus seems to always have a common theme: the loss of local human good to the abstractions of wealth and power.  We are seeing a very rapid decline in social goods “produced” by human economy replaced rapidly and without check by the externally and mechanically produced “cultural” […]

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Becoming Governor and Serving the Commonwealth

I propose to be your next Governor of Indiana. Let me clear that I do not expect to be.  I intend to raise no money and seek no endorsements.  I intend to create a platform here in writing and also likely audio files for sharing. I propose this space as a locus of becoming.  I […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]