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Young America

Nearly a century ago, Mohandas Gandhi started a new publication to share his vision of nonviolent organizing, filling it with inspiring quotations …

Surrealistic Homeland Blues

You don’t need a weatherman to tell you that we’re in the midst of volatile conditions as we arrive at the fiftieth day of the Trump presidency—which …

Beyond the Post-Truth Society

There’s been a lot of virtual ink spent recently on the various implications of presidential politics in the hypermedia age. It’s not a secret that …

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 …

Weaving the Threads

And Reimagining What Can Be… by Randall Amster Good morning America, and welcome to those proverbial “interesting times.” We have a so-called …

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 …

Mic Check: Can You Hear Us, America?

<i>We find these views to be mutually relevant...</i><p>that all people, by virtue of their basic humanity, deserve the opportunity to live, work, and associate according to the dictates of their own consciences and capacities;<p>that the exercise of such freedoms is only tenable in conjunction with the ability …

Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion

There has been a lot of analysis suggesting that the executive-level politics we’re seeing play out right now are about incompetence or …

Steve Bannon

Trumping Disbelief

The results of the election provide ample reason to try and avoid the reality of President Trump, and wanting to push this debilitating campaign …

Black Friday and White Noise

Here we go again, right on the heels of gorging ourselves in preparation for the frenetic commercialism of the holiday season. The relentless pursuit …

So Now What?

Good Question… by Randall Amster Since the election last November, I’ve been searching for the right words to convey my concerns. It’s not primarily …

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. …

Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War

<i>The following is an excerpt of the Randall Amster's latest book, Peace Ecology, and appears on Common Dreams with the kind permission of the author</i> …

The Arc of the Moral Universe

Let’s face it: things are bad and getting worse every day. Even a casual glance at the daily headlines provides ample reason for dismay, from …

An Open Letter to the Children, by Randall Amster

Dear Children,<p>I know that this world must often seem confusing to you. It's noisy, dirty and filled with adults scurrying about their busy lives …

People Rise Up: The Streets Are Alive with the Sound of Movement

In an era rife with pop-culture trivialities juxtaposed with escalating calamities, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment that poses profound …

Entrapped! Confessions of a Violent Consumerist

I have a confession to make. I am part of a vast international conspiracy that is bent on violently destroying our way of life and, ultimately, …

Congratulations! You’re Being Watched

With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a …

Pump Fiction

<b>We’re Not Going to Drill, Dig, or Frack Our Way Out of This Mess…</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>We have entered a critical era for the future of humanity on this …

Debt of Gratitude: Less Earning, More Learning

I’d like to share a story, a personal story, a common story, an American story. For nearly two decades, I have carried the burden of a crushing …

Waking Life

<b>You Don’t Need a Clock to Know What Time It Is</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>With each passing day, the news grows increasingly grim. In recent weeks alone, we’ve …

Course Correction

<b>Averting the ‘Total Ruin’ of Institutionalized Injustice</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>As a parent, I tend to keep one eye on the present and another on the …

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 …

Life on Mars?: Searching for Signs in the Cosmos, and on Earth

Forty years ago, David Bowie asked the musical question, “Is there life on Mars?” Bowie’s song embodied an escapist sensibility, a longing for life …

Prism Break: Seeing Beyond the Shadows on the Walls Around Us

Social movements, when broadly construed and successfully applied, serve as something akin to elaborate filters. By holding a mirror up to society, a …

Occupy Asteroids?

<b>To Boldly Share What No One Has Shared Before</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>Sometimes the news reads like a cross between a corporate promotional campaign gone …

Empire of the Sunset

Sometimes, I really miss America -- or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor, purple mountains majesty, that sort of thing. Say what you will, and call it naive, but the storybook values at the heart of America's erstwhile …

War No More

<b>Ten Years After the Invasion of Iraq, Are We Any Closer to Peace?</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>No one in power specifically called it “a date which will live in …

How Fragile We Are...

<b>Nothing Is Guaranteed, Lest We Forget</b><p><b>by Randall Amster</b><p>Once again, events conspire to remind us how fragile is our existence and how vulnerable we …