Monthly Archives: April 2008

What Are You Afraid Of?

Joe Bageant makes the point in Deer Hunting With Jesus that the working class of the US (and perhaps of the world) are largely driven by fear. In explaining how and what they think he makes clear what it is … Continue reading

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Photos from Australia and New Zealand

Wellington NZ from the cable car Back in Caledon after an amazing three weeks in Australia (Victoria State) and New Zealand (North Island). My photos are here and here. Some suggestions for anyone planning a trip there: If you can’t … Continue reading

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A Terrible and Silent Crisis: The Destruction of the American Working Class

North American society prides itself on being classless. Almost no one in North America calls him/herself lower-class or upper-class, and people who describe themselves as ‘middle-class’ (a class which really no longer exists in North America) do so hesitantly. Few … Continue reading

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Eat Pray Love

Image: Sculpture by Bruno Torfs from Sculpture Garden, Marysville, Australia. (posted from Australia)Elizabeth Gilbert’s extraordinary Eat Pray Love is a funny, poignant, brutally candid diary of a year in the author’s life following the painful ending of her marriage and … Continue reading

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What’s Your ‘Big Question’?

  Image: Sculpture by Bruno Torfs from Sculpture Garden, Marysville, Australia.(posted from Australia)Edge magazine and several others have run articles on leading thinkers’ ‘Big Ideas’ — the revelation, the emergent understanding, the ‘aha! moment’ that has most provoked, inspired or … Continue reading

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What Works and What Doesn’t

Geoff Brown’s ‘Nancy White style’ Map of Our Conversation with Viv McWaters(Posted from Melbourne)This will be the first of a series of posts distilling ideas from a series of conversations, meetings and conferences I’m involved in during my current visit … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: He Can’t Hear You Anymore

Just before Christmas 2004 I wrote an article about homelessness and substance addiction. Not as a national and global disgrace, which it is, but as a metaphor for what civilization has done to us. Our modern ‘homelessness’ is our disconnection … Continue reading

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Unpopular Beliefs

One of the challenges of being too far ahead is the push-back you get on some of your ideas and beliefs. My ideas and beliefs tend to fall into three categories: Beliefs that were once unpopular but are now accepted … Continue reading

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Why, Perhaps, You Are Not Happy

“I Wonder Who We Are Except In Relation to Others?”, Patti Digh asked, somewhat rhetorically, in a recent IM conversation. No question that we are social creatures, and that we cannot live a healthy life alone. But we are more … Continue reading

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