Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

Bhaskar concluded western science & social theory were based on a series of intellectual mistakes that created false dichotomies such as those between individualism and collectivism, and scientific analysis and moral criticism

One of the most influential voices in the philosophy of science and a political revolutionary, writes David Graeber December 4, 2014 Roy Bhaskar, who has died aged 70 of heart failure, turned to philosophy only after becoming an economics lecturer at Oxford University in the late 1960s. Feeling that economic science had virtually nothing useful to say about real-world issues of …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together. Nature is oriented toward the wholeness of life–living entities work better together than apart, and it is the communal nature of life that makes wholeness foundational for life flourishing. Costly love is making a new future through mercy, forgiveness and sacrifice, a transformation that often requires death. …

Resisting authoritarianism will require the reinvention of American democracy, and a new politics of moral aspiration: Develop a common language, a shared reality, common experience of the world, to work across difference and act together

Masha Gessen, 2020 “politics” and “political” — “the vital project of negotiating how we live together as a city, a state or a country; of working across difference; of acting collectively.”  “when something cannot be described, it does not become a fact of shared reality.” And the kind of willful blindness you’re describing is only possible when language has been …

From Tactile to Tactical: The Paradox & Promise of “COVID Consciousness”

May 20th, 2020 by C. Goldberg in the Public Philosophy Journal “Corona consciousness” (alternately, “COVID consciousness”) has permeated psychic and pragmatic domains globally, presenting new opportunities for, and challenges to, prospects of radical inclusivity and disability justice. On the one hand, “COVID consciousness” reflects ethics of “universal” care, comprehending the direct and indirect risks of individual and societal choices on …

Antiracism resources and being an accomplice not just an ally

Workshops and trainings in antiracist work For workshops and trainings in White antiracist work, see the Catalyst Project: Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation; Whites Confronting Racism; The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA), and its associated White People 4 Black Lives (WP4BL).  See also the White Privilege Conference and the Facing Race Conference. The East Point Peace Academy offers excellent trainings in nonviolent action. The East …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …