I can’t create positive change without recognizing and naming my own participation in the oppressive systems that I’m trying to undo.

  1. The Revolution Is a Relationship Something that worries me about social justice communities is that we tend to conceptualize “revolution” as a product, as a place and time that we expend all of our energy and anger to create – often without regard to the toll this takes on individuals and our relationships. In this way, “The Revolution” …

Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity

Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need for mercy helps give us the compassion needed for restorative justice. He is a …

Charlatans become especially prevalent in ages of “rapid development of the sciences, or quickened progress in technology” says scholar

NYTimes excerpt, June 2018 Ms. De Francesco explains that the word “charlatan” comes from the Italian “ciarlatano,” itself probably related to the verb “ciarlare,” which means to babble or to go on incessantly without reflection. The original charlatans would babble on and on to mesmerize their audiences. Medieval and Renaissance mountebanks often employed elaborate shows featuring musicians, clowns and performing animals …

On Contact: Age of Anger with Pankaj Mishra

November 2017 interview We are looking at the expression of this re-sentiment/resentment that can assume many different forms, but we have to look at the underlying sources of that, which are enormous processes of disposition, dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation.  People now desperate for meaning, bonding together in these forms of negative solidarity, invoking a sense of community by excluding …

An overview of some of Stuart Ewen’s concepts

(Nov 2017) 26 minute youtube, Chris Hedges interview with Stuart Ewen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_0vrFwaT2Y.  Trump is a product that speaks to what is missing in people’s lives…he embodies the cult of the self at the core of consumerism.  It’s all about me.  Acquisitive Individualism.  People project onto a leader what they feel missing themselves.  The everyman who has become successful.  Saying what has …

How To Steal The Populists’ Clothes: Be Bold, Signal Your Goals, Offer Transformation, Learn What People Want

By Ngaire Woods, Social Europe, 19 April 2018 Ngaire Woods “Don’t get mad, get even.” That aphorism needs to become the new norm in democratic politics across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than complaining about populist successes, established political parties should take a page from the populist playbook. Three lessons, in particular, cry out for attention. The first lesson is …

People are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in the US

Regardless of political affiliation, people are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in this country, says a new University of Connecticut study. In fact, Republicans are even more persuasive than scientists when it comes to correcting misinformation about climate change, researchers found. “Unfortunately, correcting misinformation …

Customers are the product: At Facebook, the private data of 87 million people have been used without authorization by the micro-target marketing company Cambridge Analytica, used to target 100s of millions more ads

Excerpt from: https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/apr/15/why-the-politicians-must-set-their-sights-on-facebook The private data of 87 million people have been used without authorisation by the marketing company Cambridge Analytica and used to target ads to still more tens and hundreds of millions.   Cambridge Analytica, the micro-targeting firm – partly owned by the rightwing billionaire Robert Mercer and used by the Trump campaign in the 2016 election – uses psychometric data to …