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Addiction, Climate Change, and the Psychology of Recovery
How does addiction relate to our relationship to the living world?
Deep, Systemic Change Is Essential, But Is That The Only Type of Change We Should Care About?
Perhaps we could look at acts of direct human-level compassion as complements to, not substitutes for, action on a social or political level.
Good News for the Anthropocene
The best news for a good Anthropocene is that the human brain is a master at learning and relearning and that “rewiring” takes place all the time. Until old age, learning...
This Zen Comic Is Full of Timeless Life Lessons
Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann beautifully illustrated by Gavin Aung Than
“Heritage Not Hate”: A Lie With Any Flag
Images circulated, in the aftermath of Dylann Roof’s racially motivated mass shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, included not only numerous...
Reflections on Privilege Theory
What privilege theory describes is undeniably true. And the facts and perspectives that privilege theory attempts to illuminate remains an essential aspect of education that...
Give Up Hope: It's The Best Chance We Have to Save Everything We Love
The most common words I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. Most of these environmentalists are fighting desperately, using whatever tools they...
An Economic Hit Man Speaks Out: John Perkins on How Greece Has Fallen Victim to ''Economic Hit Men''
John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, discusses how Greece and other eurozone countries have become the new victims of "economic hit men."
Small Loans, Big Problems: The False Promise of Microfinance
Ever since Bill Clinton and the World Bank enthusiastically embraced the microfinance concept in the 1990s, we at Local Futures have been skeptical of its benefits, seeing it...
The Global Economy's "Impeccable Logic"
Ever since the Occupy movement coined the terms “the 1%” and “the 99%” to point out disparities of wealth and power, the gap between rich and poor has received a lot of...
What's In A Name? In Some Cases a Legacy of Oppression
There is an increasing global movement to change colonial place names that refelect changing attitudes toward colonialsim and imperialism and a wish to throw off the schackles...
In Defence of Greece: 6 Myths Busted
Syriza’s negotiations with the Troika have fulfilled a pedagogical role : of showing the unwillingness of undemocratic institutions such as the EU and IMF to respect the...
The West Has Normalised Racist Wars - But You Can't Solve Complex Problems with 1,000lb Bombs
‘Radicalisation’ is our new dirty word in the US and UK, yet radical change is needed. Here’s an idea: stop trying to fix the world with high explosives
16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them
What would happen if the United States suddenly stopped building walls and instead flung open its borders, not unlike the European Union has done among the member countries of...
Intifada Street Brings You Revolutionary Resistance Art
For the last few years Bradford born and based artist Mohammed Hamza has been putting out some of the best revolutionary art around under the Intifada Street banner. As the...
TiSA: The Scariest Trade Deal Nobody's Talking About Has Suffered a Big Leak
Wikileaks has blown the lid off another trade deal being negotiated 'on our behalf' by our governments, in secret without democratic scrutiny or debate, that threatens people...
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston this month.
The IMF Has Made €2.5 Billion Profit Out of Greece Loans
Ahead of the payment of €462 million by Greece to the IMF on Thursday 9 April, figures released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit...
5 Guiding Principles for Social Justice
From the 23rd to the 26th of February of 1998, grassroots movements of all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination network of resistance to the global...
The Cost of Cowardice
In February, 2009, then Attorney General Eric Holder, in an address at the Department of Justice to commemorate Black History Month, said we in the United States were “a nation...
Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
How industrial-scale farming is actually becoming anti-science.
Fracking, Values and an Ethics for the 'Anthropocene'
Social movements should take heed of social psychology, argues Kelvin Mason
How White People Got Made
'There’s a perception that whiteness is working for white people. It’s not. Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.'
It's Official -- Bernie Sanders Has Overtaken Hillary Clinton In the Hearts and Minds of Democrats
Bernie Sanders represents a new era in American politics; one where values trump Citizens United cash or cold pragmatism.
Why I Let My Son Wear a Dress
My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. They...
On Brink of 'Sixth Great Extinction,' Humanity Must Conserve or Die
It's official: the planet is entering a "sixth great extinction" that even the most conservative estimates show is killing off species at rates far higher than the previous...
People and Trees: Intimately Connected Through the Ages
Trees are considered sacred in many cultures. Tree worship, in one form or another, has been practiced almost universally by ancient peoples in every corner of the globe.
The 4th Branch of Government: An Idea To Create Direct Democracy For, and By, The People
Imagine a Collective Arena for all issues facing The Populous. An e-forum. Think WikiPolicy, with a Collective Voting Platform. Technologically, it’s already possible...
'You Have a Choice': Veterans Call On Drone Operators to Refuse Orders
Joint statement signed by 45 US military veterans urges drone operators to follow their consciences and say 'no' to surveillance and assassination missions
If Everyone Lived in an 'Ecovillage', the Earth Would Still Be in Trouble
We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. This sort of analysis...
Socialism Means Abolishing the Distinction Between Bosses and Employees
Regulated private capitalism. State capitalism. Socialism. These three systems are entirely different from each other. We need to understand the differences between them to...
Daughter of a Mexican Migrant Has Something Beautiful to Say to Donald Trump
Donald Trump has made an entire career out of being an odious bile merchant. So it came as no surprise that during his presidential campaign announcement this little turd came...
UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business
A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use
10 Compelling Reasons You Can Never Trust The Mainstream Media
A poll in 2012 showed that trust in the mainstream media is increasing, which should worry all of us who value truth, integrity and press freedom. However, a recently released...
The Future Candidate
Politics, they say, is the art of compromise. Candidates, in order to succeed, have to soften their views. Candidates have to make their views more palatable to the general...
Letter to White Supremacy
Dear White Supremacy, First of all you are not really that supreme. While throughout history White Supremacy it must be admitted you have achieved some very dominant...
Buen Vivir: A New Era of Great Social Change
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller Our...
A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Activism
Unless you're on long retreat in a Himalayan cave, it's becoming more difficult to overlook the fact that our world is beset by interacting ecological, economic and social...
10 Ways Truly Happy Couples Argue Differently
1. They aren’t going to just throw down. Instead, they’re committed to helping one another overcome problems and conflicts. Simply being mad at the person won’t resolve...
No, You Need a History Lesson: The Confederate Flag Is a Symbol of Hate.
I was a very poor 16-year-old so, as you can imagine, having a car was out of the question. Wherever I needed to go, I walked -- which was not always pleasant on a Florida...
11 of the Fiercest Conscious Hip Hop Videos
Every age has its protest music, from blues to rock and roll, folk to punk. Today hip hop is leading the charge, challenging the staus quo and shining a light on the injustices...
Best Evidence Yet Supports We Are Undergoing a Mass Extinction
The latest evidence shows with a high degree of confidence that we are currently undergoing Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event. Do a Google search on earth’s most massive...
Of Mindfulness, Meditation and Other Aliases
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
Eternal Fascism and the Southern Ideology
Umberto Eco's 1995 essay "Ur-Fascism" informally outlines the most striking qualities of fascistic theory and practice. It remains one of the most popular tool-kits for...
Worshippers of the Almighty Invisible Hand
The fantasies of a faith-based neoliberal economics laid bare
Thirsty planet
Remember, it’s not the planet that needs saving, it’s us. #savethehumans
5 Of The Best Subvertising Campaigns
Subvertising: noun, the practice of making parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make an alternative statement.
A Simple Guide to 10 Personal Care Products You Can Make at Home
You can make everything from Deodorant to Sunscreen using Coconut Oil as the main ingredient. We have compiled ten different recipes in this Infographic as a guide for homemade...
Racism Is Not A Mental Illness
An act of terrorism unfolded on American soil Wednesday night when Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black...
What Is White Supremacy?
White Supremacy is an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and...