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[For some reason the previous attempt to post my blog on Trump ended with that ridiculous bloody smiley thingo. So bugger it, I'm not trying again. Anyone interested can check out my blog memengineering. Ciao, Peter]

Dialogue on Trump

[Another blog for the great roaring void that is IOPS and its four or five readers. This is a response to an email I got the other day about Trump from a friend of mine who is, or was, a progressive, now retired academic specializing in public…

Towards Police State Australia

Towards Police State Australia in the Post-Liberal Era At least since 9/11 almost all western countries have been involved in a gradual slide to post-liberal, more authoritarian states. Some are gradually becoming outright police states. Australia…

The Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

[Trying a bigger pic here. Anyone into the Anthropocene? ] Ten Propositions on the Anthropocene Choice for Humanity 1.We are now in the ANTHROPOCENE: a new evolutionary phase of the planet since about 1950 defined primarily by one species,…

Democracy and Dealing with Right-Wing Populism 2

[First blog attempt below did not print the rest, so here its is] Some brief suggestions about how to deal with core feelings and ideas motivating right-wing populism without helping push them towards outright fascism: 1.Feelings: grievance,…

Democracy and Dealing with Right-wing Populism

First some quotes from two recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald (my highlighting): From Jacqueline Maley (‘Climate courage bleached by outbreaks of populism’, SMH 10-11/12/2016, p. 31): Research by Roberto Foa and Yascha…

Castro and the Police State Left

Castro & the Police State Left Fidel Castro has died. His enemies and his sympathizers are framing their predictable responses. I am addressing the latter. I have read many glowing eulogies from the Left in the last few days, some hagiographic,…

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Rebecca Solnit, Protest and Persist

[Solnit, always a breath of fresh air: hope beyond optimism-pessimism, rich knowledge of activist history, opening to the unexpected and the unkown, beyond the short-termism of 'winning/losing' mindset, the long haul... Peter] Protest and persist:…

Your Oil Wake-Up Call

[Posting this for Ted, the author, who is also a member of IOPS] YOUR OIL WAKE UP CALL … (File under ignore.)   Ted Trainer 3.3.2017   Almost no one has the slightest grasp of the oil crunch that will hit them probably within…

Anti-National Anthem

[Might as well park this simple little ditty here too. Free use to all against new resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia. Find own melody and sing it if you like... Maybe emerging One World Consciousness needs fighting for more than ever...]…

the poetics of spirit. a manifesto

[Here's some of 'the olds', folks. Or maybe the lack of what is found in the news.]   the poetics of spirit. a manifesto poetry is spirit is a mystical anarchist: one-mind freedom immersed in a riot of difference like spirit nothing you…

Good article (extract) on Trump and fascism

Here's a link to an extract from an interesting article by Australian commentator Don Watson on the possible connections between Trump, Trump followers and fascism (sorry, can't figure out how to get that link to hyper-link since that option…

Please Express Solidarity with Self-Managed Factory VIOME

[Got this email and would like to pass it on to IOPS members. Please express solidarity with the workers' struggle for this self-managed factory in Greece before March 16. Peter L-N]   Dear all,    the struggle of VIOME is at…

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