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Thinking of Ducks

Ducks. As a child I used to love visiting duckponds. These memories linger, visions of a lost childhood when I thought the world was a place of beauty and wonder. Oblivious to the barbarity of my species, I had no clue what was really in store for the majority of ducks, and the world became a blacker and more sinister place for my knowing.

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The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

The problem is that our utopian engineers in their giddy dismantling of an economic and democratic system, as well as their draining of state resources in the wars they prosecute overseas, have dynamited the tools that could save us. They have left us no option but to revolt and remove them from power.

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So The US Is Invading Iraq Again

Though It won’t be as exciting as last time. If the initial invasion of Iraq was a violent sexual assault by a stranger in a dark alley, this one is more like an abusive husband raping his wife and then making her cook him dinner. But it is just as much a violent violation of personal sovereignty in both instances.

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Why Everything is Fu**ed

We all slid out of the womb an itty bitty helpless information sponge into a world full of mentally ill giants who couldn’t wait to fill our tiny skulls with all of their inner demons. And now everything, understandably, is fucked.

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Reconciling Ecological Imperatives and the Right to Food at a Time of Bio-Ethical Crisis

Richard Falk discusses an extremely disturbing evolving situation by labeling it ‘the first bio-ethical crisis to confront humanity.’ It is bio-ethical in the primary sense that the challenges posed are fundamentally directed at the wellbeing and even survival of the species as a whole, and this crisis has an ethical character because knowledge and resources exist to overcome these challenges, and yet action is not being taken.

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The Great American Shakedown

The U.S. Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, and yet it has made no difference-public opinion is not moved. The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

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Open Letter to Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, has been accused of “anti-semitism” by big media for words he spoke taken out of context, leading to a massive backlash against the activist. This points to a much broader problem within mainstream media that climate activists need to understand: Big media is intertwined with other power centers, and they will fight tooth and nail against anyone who seriously challenges the status quo.

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Paying It Forward: Interview With Nipun Mehta

For more than 20 years, Nipun Mehta and his parents have been opening his doors to friends and strangers every Wednesday evening, creating a space for people to sit in circle together, meditate, share thoughts, and enjoy a meal. The invitation is to “wake up to wisdom in stillness and community,” a simple gesture of service and connection that now takes place in people’s living rooms across the globe.

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More on the U.S.-Backed Bolivia Coup: Stealing Bolivia’s Lithium?

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before being forced into exile by a miltary coup November 10, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but now the main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car.

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Can the Social Order Be Transformed through Personal Practice? The Case of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

NVC can contribute to our collective ability to face and transform social conditions and systems, including, in particular, capitalism. Despite this potential, in actual practice, there is the risk that NVC, like other forms of psychotherapy and personal growth, can risk acting as a narcotic, making people happier to live in dysfunctional social systems.

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Time to Rebel

Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion. Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges and roads for at least a week.

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Wild Mind: Reclaiming Our Original Wholeness

It’s time to take another look at ourselves — to re-enliven our sense of what it is to be human, to breathe new life into ancient intuitions of who we are, and to learn again to celebrate, as we once did, our instinctive affinity with the Earth community in which we’re rooted.

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Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites

Friday’s climate strike by students across the globe will have no more impact than the mass mobilizations by women following the election of Donald Trump or the hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets to denounce the Iraq War. This does not mean these protests should not have taken place. They should have. But such demonstrations need to be grounded in the bitter reality that in the corridors of power we do not count.

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This Is Not the Sixth Extinction. It’s the First Extermination Event.

From the “insect apocalypse” to the “biological annihilation” of 60 percent of all wild animals in the past 50 years, life is careening across every planetary boundary that might stop it from experiencing a “Great Dying” once more. But this atrocity has no goelogical analogue. To call it the “sixth extinction event” is to make what is an active, organized eradication sound like some kind of passive accident. We are in the midst of the First Extermination Event.

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How to Have Difficult Conversations

Campaigners aren’t known for being contemplative. By definition they are trying to change something beyond themselves. But what if collective introspection made us into better campaigners by improving our ability to listen and learn, especially from those we disagree with?

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The Work Of Love Is To Love

My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening. For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or been listened to, experience burns like wood in that eternal fire and I find myself in the presence of love.

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Climate Catastrophe Comes for Europe

When most people think of climate change, what come to mind are the poles, Asia’s fast vanishing glaciers, or Australia, where punishing droughts are drying up the sub-continent’s longest river, the Murray. But climate change is an equal opportunity disrupter, and Europe is facing a one-two punch of too much water in the north and center and not enough in the south.

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How to Get Better at Thrift Shopping

“Shop second-hand” is a message often touted by eco-minded individuals, myself included. “It’s good for the planet! It’s good for your wallet!” we say, which is all good advice, but usually that’s where it ends. Fortunately, some professional guidance for navigating thrift stores is at hand.

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Ecosocialism & Just Transition

Climate change requires major societal change. But how do we ensure this transformation is done in a fair and just manner? John Bellamy Foster—a renowned environmental sociologist and editor of Monthly Review—takes a look at the idea of the Just Transition, arguing that any strategy to save the planet must go beyond the strictures of capitalism.

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