The Incredible Darkness of Being a Fake Cop: Illusions of Law Enforcement as Civic Culture Decays

Because a few weeks have passed since the Uvalde, Texas school massacre, one might think that the dust has settled and whatever policy measures are needed have been implemented or ignored. End of story? No. Barely the beginning. We have not even begun to address the deep chasm in our understanding of law enforcement, community, … More The Incredible Darkness of Being a Fake Cop: Illusions of Law Enforcement as Civic Culture Decays

Fossil Fuel Production, the Corporate Economy, and Consumer Culture

The necessity of rapidly reducing fossil fuel production and use is now a given in the constellation of societal actions necessary to achieve anything near the rather naïve institutional targets for global average temperatures not to exceed 2.0 or 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Some still hope that we can achieve these levels by … More Fossil Fuel Production, the Corporate Economy, and Consumer Culture

Culture Decay and the Autocratic Attempt

The verified allegations of the Fake President’s autocratic attempt to throw off the bounds of democratic process to affirm the object of his self-doubt—supremacy to everyone and everything in the world—keep piling up. Yet, the present political predicament of the United States of America is quite a bit more complicated than that. Without the decay … More Culture Decay and the Autocratic Attempt

Who’s Got Your Back? Not the Usual Suspects

In these times of chaos and confusion, it is important to know who has your back. However, it is not always so easy to know. Everyone from corporate executives to politicians, to social media ‘influencers,’ claims to have your interests at heart. High sounding ‘mission and goals’ statements belie various special interests in so many … More Who’s Got Your Back? Not the Usual Suspects

How to Make Big Change: Our Primary Predicament

I just read an article in Illumen.com by Julia Steinberger, titled “Individuals and social pressure: how to change the world.” Dr. Steinberger is Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. At first, I thought that I was going to disagree with her because I felt that what we really need is social … More How to Make Big Change: Our Primary Predicament

The Student Loan Scam: A Debt-Driven Profit Center in a World out of Balance

The United States of America is not only in the unique position of having forty percent of the world’s guns held in private hands as it puzzles over how to control gun violence. Absurdity abounds. The US is also unique in requiring most students to go deeply into debt in order to obtain a college … More The Student Loan Scam: A Debt-Driven Profit Center in a World out of Balance

The Predatory Society: Death, Guns, and Oil

Once again, America exercises its ritual mourning and utters its words of sorrow over the preventable massacre of nineteen children and two adults in a classroom, this time in Uvalde, Texas. The societal resignation that treats such insanity as now ‘normal’ matches the sadness that such ‘incidents’ provokes. But nothing could possibly be normal about … More The Predatory Society: Death, Guns, and Oil