2013: Hope or Despair?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013
2013: Hope or Despair?

This essay has been translated into Croatian.   “Things are getting better and better and worse and worse faster and faster simultaneously.” – Tom Atlee Was the year 2013 a cause for hope or a cause for despair? Were the positive developments signs that the world is turning the corner? Or were they delusionary exceptions […]

We Are Unlimited Potential: A Talk with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Posted on Dec 10, 2012
We Are Unlimited Potential: A Talk with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Last week I sat down for a telephone conversation with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. He alerted me early on to the damage that hospital birthing, day care, television, and modern schooling do to the […]

Conversation with James Quilligan

Posted on Jul 27, 2012

Last month I had the pleasure of a dialog with James Quilligan on the subject of the commons, gift economies, crisis, and transition. It felt like an especially significant conversation because James and I come from two different worlds. James is an internationally known policy consultant who engages with people in the highest echelons of […]

Gift Economics Resurgent

Posted on Mar 2, 2012
Gift Economics Resurgent

Here is an article in Wednesday’s New York Times about a small town in Spain, Higuera De La Serena, that completely ran out of money. It couldn’t pay municipal employees or contractors, nor could it provide most basic services. So the townsfolk stepped up to provide for each other. The town is basically run by […]

Why the Age of the Guru is Over

Posted on Jul 7, 2011
Why the Age of the Guru is Over

For a few decades now, it seems, humanity has been on the verge of a breakthrough in collective consciousness. Perhaps it was the Hippies in the 60s who saw it first. To them, it was crystal clear that the consciousness revolution would sweep all before it, that within a few years’ time such institutions as […]

Money and the Turning of the Age

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
Money and the Turning of the Age

This article is fourth in a series, and draws on background covered in “Money: A New Beginning,” Part 1 and 2, and “Money and the Crisis of Civilization.” A German Translation of the essay is also available.   As the economic meltdown proceeds to its next phase, we begin to see the unreality of much […]

Waiting on the Big One

Posted on Apr 10, 2009
Waiting on the Big One

When I was 14 years old I embarked upon a reading program that included The Gulag Archipelago, A People’s History of the United States, 1984, Silent Spring, and a volume of much lesser stature entitled The Population Bomb, by Paul Ehrlich. The latter was a Malthusian work predicting mass starvation in the 1980s unless impossibly […]

Money and the Crisis of Civilization

Posted on Apr 7, 2009
Money and the Crisis of Civilization

This essay has been translated into Spanish and into Romanian.   Suppose you give me a million dollars with the instructions, “Invest this profitably, and I’ll pay you well.” I’m a sharp dresser — why not? So I go out onto the street and hand out stacks of bills to random passers-by. Ten thousand dollars […]

The Ubiquitous Matrix of Lies

Posted on May 10, 2007
The Ubiquitous Matrix of Lies

Let’s begin with beer. Every day I drive past a billboard for Coors Light with the slogan, “Coors rocks Harrisburg.” Now, does anybody actually believe that Coors does in fact “rock Harrisburg”? No. Does the Coors corporation itself believe it? No. Does anyone believe that Coors believes it? No. It is a lie, everyone knows […]

The Great Robbery

Posted on Aug 9, 2005
The Great Robbery

The sullen, resentful, rebellious teenager is a figure so universal in our culture as to have become a cliché. Whether it takes the form of a brooding, barely-controlled rage, or explodes outward as violence, or turns inward as depression, anger is a near-universal characteristic of modern youth. What we hesitate to acknowledge, though, is that […]

Ascension

Posted on Feb 9, 2005
Ascension

Recently I’ve been reading material on various New Age websites proclaiming an imminent spiritual ascension of the human race, or at least a fortunate portion thereof. Drawing on concepts such as “12-strand DNA activation”, or on astrology, Christian prophecy, cetacian consciousness, or ascended masters, these sites share the belief that humanity is undergoing a profound […]