Monthly Archives: January 2005

A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO ANIMAL RIGHTS

There’s been another well-intentioned discussion over at Salon TableTalk about animal rights, as Soybean, the originator and moderator of the discussion, attempted to persuade other progressives that “Using animals for food and clothing causes suffering, is bad for human health, … Continue reading

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EXTERMINISM, BY GLENN PARTON

Following is the first part of a new, previously-unpublished three-part essay about the implications of last year’s US election, written by Glenn Parton, best known for his eco-philosophic and psychological essays The Machine in our Heads and Humans in the … Continue reading

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SHORT, THOUGHTFUL

This weekend’s roundup to ponder, all short articles: The NYT on the Environment: A recent short editorial at least acknowledges the extent of the problem. “As so often happens, the more we come to know about the life of any … Continue reading

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THE WISDOM OF CHILDREN AND A SELF-TEST ON VALUES

When I was a kid in Winnipeg, it was something special to be allowed, during the oppressive summer nights (no air conditioning back then) to sleep in the basement. It was pretty spartan, because every couple of years after a … Continue reading

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THREE RECIPES FOR SMASHING CORPORATISM

The world finally seems to be waking up to the fact that corporatism — the bald and amoral use of power and wealth to control political decision-making, eliminate competition and increase profits no matter what the social and environmental cost … Continue reading

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IMPLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY: LA LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEEEEAR YOU!

What’s the first thing you do when you hear, or think you are about to hear, bad news? You go into denial mode. “It can’t be. You must be mistaken. I don’t want to listen to this. Change the channel. … Continue reading

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TOM AND KENNY’S CRAZY WISDOM

I‘ve been chatting back and forth with Kenny Ausubel, founder of Bioneers, whose amazing essay The Empire Strikes Out I posted last year. The important messages of this essay are: Historically, the disintegration of cultures occurs quickly, just after they … Continue reading

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CRITICAL LIFE SKILLS: LEARNING TO LEARN

Modern Western education teaches us collectively, and then kicks us out to beg for a job where we will work, for the most part, individually. No wonder this crazy system, which gets it exactly backwards, is so inefficient and dysfunctional. … Continue reading

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THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS OF 2004: BLOGS AND THE INTERNET

1. The Blog is a Journal, and Online Journalism is Our Game: ‘Journal’ is a very inclusive term, and broadly means ‘daily writings’, and journalists are therefore those who write (or photograph) daily. A diary is a journal, and so … Continue reading

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WEEKEND ROUND-UP

Gladwell and Surowiecki Chat About Each Other’s Books: An interesting e-mail exchange over three days on Slate has Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink, and James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, chatting about each other’s books and contrasting their … Continue reading

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