Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Killing Season

Arundhati Roy talks about India's killing season, and an economic elite that has seceded into outer space.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just Passing Through

As we enter a new age of social panic and religious hysteria, it might be good to step back and look at our common journey as humans. After all, we've had a pretty good run for a couple million years, and although the last couple thousand have been a bit problematic, the next couple hundred will likely sort things out.

While things like climate change, disease and starvation are understandably unsettling, the evolution of untreatable bacteria now well-underway will resolve things like overpopulation and carbon consumption in short order. Like other species before us, and many now on the verge of extinction, our exit won't matter much to those that survive or are yet to come.

Like they say, we're just passing through.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sochi Footnote

Dancing on the graves of Adyghe.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Confronting the Narrative

Our politics is a struggle that isn’t necessarily State-centric. At some point it concerns itself with the State, but it doesn’t mean that the State is the focal point of our concerns. At the end of the day, the concern of a communal government system is the safeguarding of its territory. The establishment of this work.
--Gladys Tzul

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Prospects for Reform DOA

The titanic transfer of wealth from the U.S. Treasury to private equity in the form of Wall Street banks means that prospects for reform are DOA. With much of our wealth now in the hands of those who corrupted public institutions through the Reagan revolution, governance in the US will increasingly concentrate the power of Wall Street to control every aspect of our lives, and to profit from the misery they cause.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Truth Be Told

In his op-ed at The Tyee, Jonathan Sas describes his bearing witness to the common trauma of racialized violence through the testimonials of Canada's haunting attempt to stamp out Indigenous cultures. More than the institutionalized Christian brutality, Sas was struck by the shame, alienation and rage of survivors in the stories told to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and by the ongoing reluctance of Ottawa to release government documents that corroborate them.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Restoration

Reconciliation Week begins September 16 in Vancouver. As David P. Ball writes at The Tyee, healing historical traumas of Canada's indigenous peoples can only happen through restoration of their sovereignty and their ability to make decisions over their lands. Reinstitution of their political authority won't erase the barbaric injustices committed against them by the Government of Canada, but it might provide an opening for a new relationship to develop.

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