Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Find the Others

my own photo, searching for the others in Belize, 2008 The exhortation to “Find the Others” was coined by Timothy Leary back in the 70s. Timothy was a psychology researcher at Harvard University, known for his experiments with psilocybin and … Continue reading

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Untethered

This is my anxious season. Normally at this time of year I get worried about ice and snow on my long steep driveway, and on the roads — fear of accidents and falls, and of being trapped inside the house … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Work

child labourers, Pennsylvania, 1910, photo by Lewis Hine in the National Archives The word “work” originally meant “what we do”, and came into use around 900 years ago. At that time it was mostly about craftwork, and the design and … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: December 2020

I’ve been listening to some amazing music from country-rock band Little Big Town about what it’s like to be a woman growing up and living in a patriarchy. Two samples (click on the titles for YouTube videos of the songs): … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Democracy: A World Gone Mad Part 2

Voters in most so-called western democracies could not be blamed if they feel a bit like innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of a gang war: Whew! We dodged the Trump bullet, but damn! now Biden’s taking aim! The problem … Continue reading

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Some Are More Equal Than Others: A World Gone Mad Part 1

Some people I know think the world has gone mad. I agree with them, but not for the reasons they cite. They think it’s mad for people to be “forced” to wear masks and to stay away from work or … Continue reading

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What Price Freedom?

Image by kaaathi from Pixabay CC0 I have argued before that there is no such thing as an “inalienable right” — in a civilized society, rights and freedoms are granted to us in return for commensurate responsibilities, and balanced against … Continue reading

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Salvaging Human Society

For many years, my writing about collapse centred around the “3 E’s” — economic, energy, and ecological collapse. They are of course connected. An economy cannot be maintained when severe weather events keep crashing the infrastructure everywhere, or when climate … Continue reading

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CoVid-19: The Go-for-Zero Strategy

This is the 14th in a series of articles on CoVid-19. I am not a medical expert, but have worked with epidemiologists and have some expertise in research, data analysis and statistics. I am producing these articles in the belief … Continue reading

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Pollard’s Laws

We will just keep going Until we drop And this is not a sad thing. All the leaves that ever lived Did the same. — Alice Walker (2020) (images of Alice Walker and Ursula Le Guin above CC-SA 2.0 from … Continue reading

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