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Something Better to Offer Trump Voters Tired of Waiting for Their Turn
A world free of extremes of wealth and poverty in which no one needs to stand in line for a chance at a secure and fulfilling life.
Looking Forward to the Day That Nationalism Is as Reviled as Racism
Nationalism is a form of geographical racism that makes some lives matter more than others, and explicitly justifies that logic without apology. While today, not even lying...
One "Piece of the Oppressor" That I Have Discovered Within Myself
One "piece of the oppressor" that I have found in myself during my inner activist journeys is my use of shame as a method of engaging with the world's problems. Having learned...
Positive Thinking in a Dark Age: A Guide to Gracefully Losing Faith in a Collapsing Dominant Culture
I recall a Buddhist parable involving a stick that appears from a distance to be a snake, causing fear to rise in the perceiver. As the perception shifts upon closer...
Watch 10 Inspiring Animated Shorts Celebrating Indigenous Culture
With films like Pocahontas, Apocalypto, Peter Pan and The Green Inferno, it's safe to say that Hollywood has a deplorable track record when it comes to its portrayal of...
Celebrity Is Not Just Harmless Fun – It’s the Lieutenant of Exploitation
Our failure to understand the link between fame and big business made the rise of Trump inevitable
Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Non-Binary in Gender?
Being defined by a negative speaks more of bureaucracy than of sex or self-expression.
The Lid Is off, The Truth Is Coming Out
It is getting harder to keep a secret these days. The collective shadow of our society, once safely relegated to the dark basement of the unmentionable, is now exposed to...
The Problem with Hating Our Enemies
He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if thou gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into thee. —Nietzsche
Trump Says Go Back, We Say Fight Back
“I am not suggesting that white racism alone explains Trump’s victory. Nor am I dismissing the white working class’s very real economic grievances. It is not a matter of...
We Are All Deplorables
We can't battle the bigotry stoked by Trump without a strategy to alleviate the economic misery behind it, writes Chris Hedges.
There Is No One Right Way to Be an Activist
There is no one right way to be an activist. There is no one right way to change the world. There is no one right philosophy of leftist politics. There is no one right reaction...
The Other Way of Knowing
Western science and Indigenous worldviews are often seen as incompatible, with the Indigenous view usually being far less valued by society at large. But an inside look at...
I Lived in a 38-Person Co-Op in San Francisco, and so Can You
The joy and practice of learning to share
Welcome to the Post-Hobbesian Dystopia: A War of Everyone Against Themselves
Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart?
Native Liberation: the Way Forward
These were the concluding remarks to the first annual Native Liberation 2016 Conference convened at the Larry Casuse Center in Albuquerque, NM on Aug. 13, 2016. Nick Estes is a...
You Should Get Naked More Often. It's Good for You.
When Nelly encouraged overheated people worldwide to get naked in 2002, he was unknowingly advocating much more than just a sexy, sweaty dance party. Sunbathing, sleeping...
How to Be Positive When the World Is Negative
Do you sometimes feel that the world around you is negative? Do you get easily irritated and frustrated, not knowing how to deal with this negativity, and lack the energy...
The Planet's Most Dangerous Predator Is Us
Humans are the world's top predator. The way we fulfill this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the...
The Myth of Positivity: Why Your Pain Holds a Mighty Purpose
Of all the great myths of contemporary life, one of the most toxic is positivity. It says: there are negative and positive emotions, and only the positive ones are worth...
Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem
Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.
On Ending Racism and the Need for Holding Simultaneous Realities
One of the things I've been reflecting on a lot lately is the importance of holding simultaneous realities in our hearts and awareness at the same time. When it comes to ending...
The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch
The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory
What's Wrong With Being in Someone's "Friend Zone"?
I once read a Dear Abby column responding to a letter from a girl who, as I recall, was in middle school. She was asking for advice about an awkward incident that happened to...
One Earth, Two Social Fields
Dallas, Ferguson, Nice. Turkey, Trump & Brexit. The simultaneous rise of global terrorism, of authoritarian strongmen and the far-right are the twin faces of our current...
Being Crazy in a Sick Society Is Actually Healthy
To be normal is to be sick
How to Find Your Soul Tribe in the Digital Age
Finding and connecting with your soul tribe is more important than ever—not just for connection but also to thrive in our modern society
The Politics of Being Woke
The fraternity of the woke is growing larger by the day, but can anyone get in? Who polices the woke, and why aren’t we checking IDs?
Speak Up: How to Respond to Everyday Bigotry
The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their stories through e-mail, personal...
Best Mentor Ever Tells Boy 'It's OK to Cry' in Moving Viral Video
A man is offering kids a shoulder to cry on. The viral video below features a martial arts instructor telling a boy named Bruce “It’s OK to cry” after he begins to sob after...
The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter'
Why “Black” Makes Us Uncomfortable Dear fellow white people, let’s have an honest talk about why we say “All Lives Matter.” First of all, notice that no one was saying “All...
Stories Are How We Make Sense of Ourselves and the World Around Us
Brilliant comic, part of the Seeing Wetiko series, from The Rules.
25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings by Rob Gonsalves
The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his...
I Stopped Eating Animals Because of Human Rights
What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health?
The Cultural Sickness That Needs to Be Named
All over the world there is a feeling that something is deeply wrong. It is often felt more than seen, an unnamed darkness that keeps millions (even billions) of people...
Cultivating Self-Awareness in Parents
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
Now Is the Time to Be Rooted in Reality
In this time of unprecedented global change, we need to be rooted in reality more than ever. Yet it is quite clear — by simply tracking all the ways people make an exodus...
The Scientific Way to Train White People to Stop Being Racist
No one wants to be called fragile. And if you’re white, what you feel reading the title of this article may be indicative of the term. “White fragility” refers to white...
Donald and Hobbes Is Genius
Some clever folk have been replacing precocious 6-year-old Calvin, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, with Donald Trump and the results are, well, take a look...
The Addiction to Control
This excerpt from The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein​ looks at our relationship to technology, civilization, nature and our sense of self.
Stunning Award Winning Photos Highlight Social and Environmental Issues
The winners of the the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition have been announced. This contest provides an international showcase for the very...
Henry David Thoreau on Happiness
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American writer, poet, philosopher and one of the leading figures of the transcendentalism movement. Besides writing Civil...
While You’re Busy Mocking Abigail Fisher, the Powerful Racist Forces Behind Her Are Getting a Pass
It might feel good to mock “Becky with the bad grades,” but focusing on her lets the real power players in her anti-affirmative action case off the hook.
Privilege Discourse Has Noble Intentions but Perhaps It's Time to Consider Its Unintended Impacts
Privilege discourse has noble intentions but it seems that it is used far too often in practice to guilt and shame others for things they don't have control over. If education...
Grieve Now If You Must - but Prepare for the Great Challenges Ahead
A working-class revolt has taken place, and frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions. If Britain is to have a future, the escalating culture wars have to stop
America Has a Republican Problem - and the Media Is Partly to Blame
Donald Trump is a distraction from the fact that the mainstream media has pretended the GOP is a normal party with values just to the right. Now the country is paying the price.
Turning the Problem Around: Mental Health in a Sick Society
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ― Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein The rise of people who are...
Claim Your Own: The Orlando Shooter Was a Product of US Hypermasculinity
Like so many others, I’ve been at a loss for the past two days, trying to make sense of the heinous act of anti-queer mass murder in Orlando. The following are some of my...
Apologize to No One - V for Vendetta Is More Important Today Than It Ever Was
V for Vendetta is in the awkward position of being a film that was maligned by its original creator, the incomparable Alan Moore. And while I have deep respect for Moore as a...
4 Reasons Every Straight Person Needs to Go to Pride (At Least Once)
I HAVE LIVED IN CITIES WITH PRIDE celebrations for many years, and I had never attended. It always seemed like a party that was meant for a group of people to which I, a...