Standing Rock: A Change of Heart

Posted on Dec 2, 2016
Standing Rock: A Change of Heart

  I am told by Native American friends active at Standing Rock that the elders are counseling the Water Protectors to undertake each action prayerfully and to stay off the warpath. I would like to explain why this advice is not only spiritually sound, but politically astute as well. I would like to translate it […]

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

This essay has been translated into German as well as Spanish and French.   Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything […]

This Is How War Begins

Posted on Nov 7, 2016
This Is How War Begins

  This essay has been translated into German.     “Their stupidity is amusing.” “Stopping Trump is essential. Anyone who says otherwise is either foolish or blinded by privilege.” “People should get hated for voting for Johnson because he is a moron.” “Are Trump supporters too dumb to know they’re dumb?” “Hillbots have complete inability […]

The Lid is Off

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
The Lid is Off

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 daylight, forcing us to face our contradictions. I’ll offer three examples: Donald Trump’s leaked recordings, Hillary Clinton’s emails and Wall Street speeches, and the endless […]

A Restorative Response to MH17

Posted on Jul 23, 2014
A Restorative Response to MH17

  Aren’t they awful? Aren’t they appalling? How could they? They must be monstrous, evil, inhuman. The only way to deal with such people is to stand up to them, destroy them, send them a message, take a stand, deter them, show them it isn’t acceptable, hold them to account. Any other response is soft, […]

Disorderly Conduct

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

  Last weekend I decided I would get the kids outdoors for a little time in nature. The Susquehanna River was frozen over, with the most remarkable ice formations. Even though the water is not deep in this part of the river, ice somehow piled up several feet. The photograph above is of a chunk […]

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 […]

The Way up is Down

Posted on Feb 29, 2012
The Way up is Down

Something is happening to us. Trying to make sense of their awakening experiences, people troll the Internet and discover the idea of “ascension” – the doctrine that humanity is on the verge of a process of spiritualization, a transition to a higher, and less material, dimension. Implicit in the term is the concept of rising […]

Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right

Posted on Nov 21, 2011
Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right

“What is keeping us from thriving?” asks the new movie, Thrive. The answer it gives is “the global elite,” the people who control the financial system that in turn controls everything else. Operating through the power institutions of our society, this elite pursues a conscious agenda of total world dominance, purposely suppressing anything that would […]

Elephants: Please Don’t Go

Posted on Oct 10, 2011
Elephants: Please Don’t Go

A week ago I was invited to join in a worldwide meditation on behalf of the elephants in Africa, which are under renewed threat of extinction. Ordinarily I am resistant to vigils, meditations, and “sending light,” because it feels like a cop-out, a substitute for doing something. There is something obviously wrong with the attitude, […]

The Deschooling Convivium

Posted on Dec 11, 2007
The Deschooling Convivium

The Deschooling Convivium: Leaders’ Handbook by Charles Eisenstein The Deschooling Convivium is a project dedicated to undoing the habits of the classroom, habits like looking to authority for answers and instructions, following a program determined by someone else, needing to be right, addiction to meaningless praise, conditioning to dull, trivial work to obtain external rewards, […]

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 […]

Security and Fate

Posted on Dec 9, 2004
Security and Fate

You may have noticed a near-universal compulsion in our society to achieve “financial security,” which, conventionally, we might see as an extension of the biological survival instinct. Of course, as we all know, the basic need for food and shelter is met with very little money, hinting that perhaps financial security might be a surrogate […]