The Cynic and the Boatbuilder

Posted on Apr 10, 2013
The Cynic and the Boatbuilder

This essay has been translated into Spanish.   A few days ago in Stockholm I was walking by the water and was accosted by a youngish man from Ireland who shouted out my name. This is not something that happens to me often –– apparently he is among that small subset of humanity that has […]

Naivete, and the Light in their Eyes

Posted on Jul 11, 2012
Naivete, and the Light in their Eyes

I dropped off my son at camp yesterday, a beautiful nature-oriented camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When we got there a familiar feeling welled up inside me, the feeling of Return. I might articulate it as, “This is how human beings are supposed to live.” I’m not talking about it as an economic or […]

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 […]

Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough

Posted on Nov 7, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough

Looking out upon the withered American Dream, many of us feel a deep sense of betrayal. Unemployment, financial insecurity, and lifelong enslavement to debt are just the tip of the iceberg. We don’t want to merely fix the growth machine and bring profit and product to every corner of the earth. We want to fundamentally […]