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Spring Forward

Beyond Our Winter of Discontent by Randall Amster Spring may be upon us, but the prevailing political winds foretell a long, cold season ahead. We’re …

Democracy

Party Time

You’ve Got to Fight for Your Rights… by Nancy Mattina Pine if you will for the eloquence, dignity, and erudition of our 44th President. Tragically, …

Democracy

Signs of the Times

Reflections on a Society in Turmoil by Randall Amster Today we are confronted with a convergence of crises that is unparalleled in recent memory. …

Racism

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Consciousness

Faux Real

What’s in Your Worldview? by Randall Amster We had to know this was coming. It was always here, but now it can be seen more clearly through the …

Faux

Entrapped!

<b>Confessions of a Violent Consumerist</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>I have a confession to make. I am part of a vast international conspiracy that is bent on …

Urban Ecology

Against Resilence

The Katrina Disaster and the Politics of Disavowal by John Clark FORGETTING COMMEMORATION A few weeks ago, New Orleans went through the ten-year …

Bill Moyers

Cognitive Assonance

<b>Congratulations! You’re Being Watched</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, …

Surveillance

Pilgrimages

<b>Lessons Learned on Life’s Unfolding Journey</b><p><b>by Shinay Tredeau</b><p>A tourist can be spotted in a large crowd. Without saying a word, they boast loud cries …

Spirituality

Lowest Common Denominator?

It’s Baked into Democracy’s Design by Firmin DeBrabander The Tr$mp victory, and the general disaster for Democrats this year, was the victory of …

Democracy

Living with Reverence

<b>Believing in Something More Sacred than Money</b><p><b>by Robert C. Koehler</b><p>“To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”<p>Move over, We Buy Ugly …

Atheism

Like Bees to Nectar

It’s yet another <i>bloqueo, paro y huelga</i> in Bolivia, nary a week passes without one or two or three somewhere in the country. The syndicates, …

Adolf Hitler

Called to Act

<b>In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples</b><p><b>by Laura L. Finley</b><p>Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to …

Indigenous Peoples

R.O.I. from Another P.O.V.

<b>Measuring Wealth and Well-Being from the Perspective of Mother Earth</b><p><b>by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez</b><p>Peter Buffett, one of billionaire Warren Buffett’s …

New York Times

Dare to Imagine

<b>Queer Visions of Another World</b><p><b>by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez</b><p>The news this week that Private Bradley Manning had come out as Chelsea made me think …

World Wide Web

School's In...

<b>Four Lessons for College Professors</b><p><b>by Laura L. Finley</b><p>A few days ago, I read on Facebook the re-posting of an essay, authored by a young college …

Education

From Syria to Sunshine

<b>Another World Is Possible, Outside of the Shadows</b><p><b>by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez</b><p>And so we find ourselves, once again, on the brink of sending our …

Another World

Submission

<b>The Only Thing We Have to Fear…</b><p><b>by Missy Beattie</b><p>The stage was almost dark, quiet, but we could see 36 (Erma counted) tiered boxes with red curtains. …

Homeland Security

Strangers in a Strange Land

<b>Recent Study Focuses Attention on Deportees</b><p><b>by Devon G. Peña</b><p>While the Obama Administration continues to make news by breaking the record number of …

Immigration

Importance of the Commons

<b>In Praise of Vacant Lots and Community Development</b><p><b>by Jay Walljasper</b><p>It’s easy to talk about the importance of the commons in grand terms — vast …

Urbanism

Spoiler Alert

<b>Reality Is No Stranger to Fiction</b><p><b>by Missy Beattie</b><p>Laura and Erma had a solution for my anxiety. “We’re calling a moratorium on reading news articles …

The Walking Dead

Community Support

<b>‘Housing First’ Doesn’t Work Alone</b><p><b>by Pat LaMarche</b><p>Homeless advocates from 36 states are gathering this week at the Beyond Housing Conference sponsored …

Housing

More than a Trend

<b>Urban Agriculture in Mexico City: Healthy and Necessary</b><p><b>by Devon G. Peña</b><p>The Colhua Mexica (Aztec) twin island cities of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco …

Farming

Revolutions Happen

<b>On the Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Alternative of the Common</b><p><b>by Devon G. Peña</b><p>Revolutions happen. One has already started though many people are …

Capitalism

Reflections on Ferguson

<b>Cover of Darkness, Rays of Light</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>The announcement arrived at the telegraphed moment, conveniently scheduled for prime time in most …

Ferguson, MO

The Working Dead

Signs of Life in Making a Living? by Randall Amster I’ve noticed a subtle shift in recent years that seems relatively minor but is perhaps quite …

The Workplace

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Reconsidering War, Video Games, and the Nonviolence Playbook by Diane Lefer One morning in October I waited at the gate of the Air Ground Combat …

Eric Garner