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JOHN MICHAEL GREER – THE MYTH OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

To explore the messy future that modern industrial society is making for itself, it’s necessary now and again to stray into some of the odd corners of human thought. Over the decade and a bit that this blog has been engaged in that exploration, accordingly, my readers and I have gone roaming through quite an assortment of topics—politics, religion, magic, …

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HENRY GIROUX – Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

What happens to a society when thinking is eviscerated and is disdained in favor of raw emotion? [1] What happens when political discourse functions as a bunker rather than a bridge? What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to the naked instrumentalism of a savage market rationality? What happens when time becomes a burden for most people and surviving becomes more crucial than trying to lead a life with dignity? What happens when domestic terrorism, disposability, and social death become the new signposts and defining features of a society? What happens to a social order ruled by an “economics of contempt” that blames the poor for their condition and wallows in a culture of shaming?[2] What happens when loneliness and isolation become the preferred modes of sociality? What happens to a polity when it retreats into private silos and is no longer able to connect personal suffering with larger social issues? What happens to thinking when a society is addicted to speed and over-stimulation? What happens to a country when the presiding principles of a society are violence and ignorance? What happens is that democracy withers not just as an ideal but also as a reality, and individual and social agency become weaponized as part of the larger spectacle and matrix of violence?[3]

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Bruce Levine – What Does It Mean to Be Called ‘Crazy’ in a Crazy World?

It has become increasingly mainstream [3] to criticize psychiatry for its corruption by drug companies, invalid diagnoses, lack of long-term treatment effectiveness, and other scientific failings. The recent book, Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness [4], by radio host and therapist Will Hall, reminds us that perhaps the most pathetic aspect of “inside mainstream mental health” is how simplistic, boring and reductionist it …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 05.16.16

Today, Vince speaks with author, activist and alternative media pioneer, Michael Albert. Michael is the founder of ZNet and ZMagazine and the co-founder of South End Press. He is the author of over 21 books, ranging from economics and philosophy to politics and visions for the future. They discuss his early years as an activist, current social movements, the alternative media landscape, the 2016 elections and much more.

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Henry A. Giroux – Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism

In the current age of free-market frenzy, privatization, commodification and deregulation, Americans are no longer bound by or interested in historical memory, connecting narratives or modes of thinking that allow them to translate private troubles into broader systemic considerations. As Irving Howe once noted, “the rhetoric of apocalypse haunts the air” accompanied by a relentless spectacle that flattens time, disconnects …

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Obama’s secret TPP scheme will criminalize saving seeds, push biotech patent monopolies

The hidden details of a treasonous new “trade” agreement currently being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other countries in secret continue to be leaked, with new evidence pointing to the further erosion of national food sovereignty under the sinister plan. The so-called “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” or TPP, threatens to eliminate the freedom of farmers to save seeds while forcing signatory …

The Wolves of Psycho Street: America’s Economic Enslavement by the Psychopathic Corporate Elite

Richard Gale & Gary Null February 24, 2014 Is it only me or is there something fundamentally flawed with the people who are running our government? This includes the thousands of policymakers, opinion leaders, oligarchs, autocrats and technocrats, the hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats and their loyal underlings, including millions within the corporatocracy who facilitate the maintenance of power. Does …

Autism Thimerosal Commission

By, Dr Gary Null   During an interview with Katie Couric last July, Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary, Dr. Kathleen Sebelius stated to the nation, “study after study, scientist after scientist, has determined that there really is no safety risk with thimerosal” Thimerosal is the highly toxic ethylmercury found in vaccines, and particularly in flu vaccines which contain levels …