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How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State
Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
What Happens When You Rebel Against the Herd
Are You Truly Living Your Life? You live, but are you living the way you want to live, or the way others want you to live? You choose, but are your choices based on...
Fighting Racism and the Limits of "Ally-Ship"
Khury Petersen-Smith and Brian Bean comment on a discussion in the Black Lives Matter movement about the role of white activists in the antiracist struggle.
Surviving Capitalist Depression
We live in a toxic society filled with toxic people. Even the ones with the best hearts- including ourselves- have been raised in ignorance, with disinformation. Our examples...
Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel's Vision for the Future Is Terrifying
Empirical historical evidence combined with a little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people...
How a Lack of Touch Is Destroying Men
Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives
Runaway Inequality Elected Trump. Here's How It Can Help Defeat Him
One of the best forms of resistance will be our demand for a more equitable and humane economy
Reason, Creativity and Freedom: The Communalist Model
Humanity stands at a crossroads. Now, more than ever, history calls for a grassroots democracy at a global scale. If we look carefully, all the tools are at hand.
Why Black Bloc Tactics Won't Build a Successful Movement
I admit, I laughed a little too. When I first saw videos of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched by a protester, I thought it was funny. And even now, I’m not...
All Together Now
This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community.
Redneck Revolt on the Problems With White Ally Politics
A discussion about the politics of SURJ
This Mr. Men Trump Parody Is Genius!
Why Are My Highly Educated Friends So Ignorant About Trade?
Trump is a disaster, but so was the TPP
Charles Eisenstein on The Challenge of Communicating Beyond the Boundaries of Consensus Reality
Last week I had two brushes with the mainstream of American culture and politics. The first was an appearance on a PBS television show, the Tavis Smiley show. As far as I can...
Introducing, The Crisis of Civilization Podcast!
Bi-weekly podcast making sense of the crisis of civilization with Nafeez Ahmed (VICE, Insurge Intelligence, Global Sustainability Institute) & Dean Puckett (Grasp The Nettle...
The White Problem
I don’t think I was born white. I think white children are manufactured.
Make America Ungovernable
Donald Trump’s regime is rapidly reconfiguring the United States into an authoritarian state. All forms of dissent will soon be criminalized. Civil liberties will no longer...
How Gift Economies Align With Our Natural Desires
All living beings share one thing in common. Each man, woman, child, bird, bee, and dog – all have just one life. For every living being, life begins and ends. We are all here...
You’re Not In a Dialogue —You’re In a Power Struggle
How the rhetoric of free speech is leveraged to create space for the far right to organize violent actions, and how else to understand freedom.
It's Not Your Speech, Milo
Understanding the UC Berkeley Protests
All Change or No Change?
This is a story of power, but perhaps not the traditional kind. The kinds of power we are interested in are the deep currents.... the cultural forces that shape all of our...
True Justice Should Have Compassion in It
I believe that true justice should have compassion in it. When someone does something harmful, destructive, the destruction is done not only to the person who is the victim...
Gangsters for Capitalism: Why the US Working Class Enlists
Published as part of the Transnational Institute's State of Power 2017 report. * Through its reliance on the relationship between labour and capital, fortified by...
Why Punching Nazis in the Face Is a Bad Idea
I see all sorts of well-meaning and otherwise intelligent and thoughtful people applauding neo-Nazi Richard Spencer being punched in the face. Here’s why this is not something...
The Urgency of Slowing Down
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech in Harlem’s Riverside Church. In it, he spoke of...
Keep Your Spirits Up: You Can't Help the World When You're Tired and Sad
We must take care of ourselves in a way that ensures our compassion is not drained away.
Trump's Actions Warrant a General National Strike
Political movements rarely succeed without causing discomfort and inconvenience
How a Young Woman Used Empathy to Disarm an Attacker With a Knife
Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request. ~ Phillip Stanhope I’d like to illustrate how a young woman used empathy to bypass violence during her...
Where We Go From Here: 5 Key Ways to Build a Movement
From "You Are on Your Own" to "We Are All in This Together." What this moment demands is a coherent strategy and egalitarian vision that can harness the energy and outrage...
Six Principles for Resisting the Presidency of Donald Trump
Drawing from the Beautiful Trouble and Beautiful Rising toolboxes, here are six key concepts that may prove useful to movements preparing to resist Donald Trump’s...
First They Came for the Immigrants - And NYT Said People Should Anonymously Inform on Them
As Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to single out Muslims for immigration restrictions, many Americans searched their consciences for the right way to respond to...
How Do I Know Good Can Overcome Ignorance, Spite and Hate? Because I've Seen It.
A tweet moves Rob Hopkins to share a personal experience from his family’s life.
The Privilege of Not Caring Cannot Exist When True Love Is There
The notion of privilege exists because most people do not live in the spiritual dimension of life. We live in a culture that is based on a matrix of separation. I am me. You...
The Safety Pin and the Swastika
The frameworks of liberal identity politics and “alt-right” white nationalism are proving curiously compatible.
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.
Obama's Hidden Role in Worsening Climate Change
It should be a scandal that leftists-liberals paint Trump as a special threat, a war mongerer – not Obama who is the first president to be at war everyday of his eight years...
Union Co-Operatives: What They Are and Why We Need Them
Neoliberal policies contribute to alienation, disempowerment and non-unionised jobs, but a new model for unions could break the vicious circle, argues Simon Taylor.
Deconstructing Hierarchies: On Contrived Leadership and Arbitrary Positions of Power
Bosses don't grow on trees. They don't magically appear at your job. They aren't born into their roles. They are created. They are manufactured to fulfill arbitrary positions...
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Bracing for Trump's Anti-Worker, Corporate Agenda
Rich people don’t have to have a life-and-death relationship with the truth and its questions; they can ignore the truth and still thrive materially. I am not surprised many...
Supporters 'Ecstatic' After Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence
Whistleblower to be released from military prison in May
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...
The Myth of Romantic Love May Be Ruining Your Health
Romantic love in Western societies is often portrayed in a stereotypical way: two yearning halves, who search for each other to find their complete, original state. Few find...
Capitalism Is the Problem
Over the last century, capitalism has repeatedly revealed its worst tendencies: instability and inequality. Instances of instability include the Great Depression (1929-1941)...
Brace for the Financial Crash of 2018
80% of the world’s oil has already peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy
Coping With Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the White House
I want to talk a little about narcissistic personality disorder. I’ve unfortunately had a great deal of experience with it, and I’m feeling badly for those of you who are...
The Age of Anxiety
I began to experience the crippling power of anxiety in my third year of university. The panic attacks were one thing, but the most horrifying thing about anxiety, the thing...
The (R)Evolution is Unity: Reflections on the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa
Habari Gani! (What's the News in Swahili, the greeting during Kwanzaa) Christmas Day in Willingboro, South Jersey - right outside of Philadelphia - was spent recovering from...
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...
We Are All Stepping Into a Broken Future
Your feelings of pain and uncertainty are real. The world is now in a time of darkness. Shadows are all around us. It can be very confusing and painful. But it may reassure you...