Tag Archives: democracy

Assume Forever-War: Thoughts After Viewing Wounds of Waziristan

There is some contention that in particular cases of cancer, removing tumors, often the only treatment that can extend life by reducing the burden of carrying the disease (thus reducing its effects), actually speeds metastatic action. Especially if the surgery fails to be thorough. It is as if you open a seething sack of baby […]

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Tied to Your Shared Fate

[In which we conclude that Stubb's version of the monkey-rope is evil.] What is Equality? The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. What is Equity? The quality of being fair or impartial; fairness. Is there equity in the (shared, negotiated?) social understanding of equality? I read this in a recent New […]

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Managed Democracy and Stalinism: Education Reform From Russia, With Love.

Okay, because schools, I’ve been told, suck, and because Americans, it’s been said, are stupid, and because citizens, it seems, are unaware of the history that has brought us to this point, I will offer a brief lesson. You can do it yourself if you just go to the Wikipedia right now (I’m told you […]

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Drowning in Bathtubs: (Dis)Trusting Public Officials

Before we start, recall that Grover Norquist (best friends with guys like felon Jack Abramoff and moral majority manipulator Ralph Reed, reprehensible thugs of the Machiavellian political underclass), chieftain of corrupt practices masquerading as “tax policy” positions and anti-tax pledges is a man of considerable influence in government and has been for decades.  (Who are […]

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Occupy Wall Street: A Sit-in Defining Being Against the Doing

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Two bits, more than a shave and haircut, on the “unrest” that appears to be morphing nicely into actual thought.  Both of these from the web magazine The New Significance: “A web magazine exploring revolutionary forces for change & autonomy in the 21st Century…”  The first comes from David Harvey on the London riots in […]

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In Praise of Life Work: Against Jobs

Mount Rydal, Wordsworth's home

Today, walking the dogs, air heavy with a cold mist, moving up a gentle grade into the rising sun, trees in autumn raiment, yellow and fading reds, my eyes are on the road ahead, yet unfocused, not really looking at anything, but ahead of me a Native American (what tribe?) waits in a crouch at […]

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A Big Secret: Democracy Doesn’t Exist

Listen, come closer…closer…that’s it.  I have a secret. Democracy does not exist. Why not?  So many reasons!  But let’s focus on Democracy first by defining it and then use a recent national example of something extremely undemocratic to illustrate how the USA is not one, cannot be one, if this is exemplary of our government. […]

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Alone in America

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Yesterday a Bloomington man with a long criminal history took his wife hostage by holding a gun to her head and walking with her down Rogers Street.  He was apparently agitated enough, shaking his gun at police, his wife, and even himself, that a member of the Critical Incidence Response team shot and killed him.  […]

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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 […]