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The Anthropocene Choice for Humanity

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[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, Homo sapiens, largely determining planetary evolution 2.Like all previous evolution, the Anthropocene is proceeding blindly, UNCONSCIOUSLY, mainly  via market mechanisms and the self-serving, narrow-focus decisions of technocratic and power elites 3.The Unconscious…

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Reading Rorty, Reading Trump

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Deplorable.   Mrs Clinton cast too widely, be it a basket or a net. However her general sentiment was right. The election of Trump was the latest entry to the list of American deplorables, following from Iraq, Reaganomics, Vietnam, Jim Crow, slavery, the genocide of indigenous people--to name just a few whoppers.   But while past deplorables were typically enacted by agents of the state, Trump's election is a failure of the people. (And it is pointless to complain, at this stage, about…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-wing Populism

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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 Mounk end 2016 finds a disturbing trend : ‘over time, in all liberal democracies including Australia, openness to the idea of military rule has grown, the number of people who think a democratic system is ‘bad’ has grown, support for the concept…

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Castro and the Police State Left

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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, some more carefully worded, but all quite problematic in what they say, imply, and more especially, in what they do not say about ‘Fidel’ and the Cuban system. I come not to demonise nor to idolize. He was not my friend or comrade, and just…

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Fidel & trump, two men and two words.

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Two Men & Two Words.   In this winter month of dying light that waits to be reborn. Two words, that are also names, embodied and lived by two men, have appeared on our world's conscious stage 'trump' and 'Fidel', and as poor Earth, our only eden sails like the Titanic into an environmental collision, full of drowning refugees who exodus in desperate hope from the consequence of an elsewhere power's blind pretenses & profit. As we all compete in the indignity of nations, to lower our…

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How To Become a Spokesperson for IOPS

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IOPS has no spokespersons – yet. No one is mandated to speak on behalf of IOPS. I think it is time to change that. How? In 2003, Andrej Grubacic held a speech entitled Towards Another Anarchism, in which he read an outline of a new anarchist international he had been given to the audience. I don’t know the provenance of that outline (handed down to him engraved on golden plates?) and I have not heard any further news about the initiative, but the outline resembles the basic idea underlying…

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Hail King Prick!

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Hail King Prick!   The vain glorious dick has been elected King Prick. A mourning of victory for all the worlds pricks!   Hide your son from the colours, go lock up all your daughter's ships. For hear a World full of slaughter happily skips.   Calamity of blind rages, has spoke a joke for all our ages. We will fight the Right                for the Right,                          …

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REVOLUTION IS DEAD, THERE'S TOO MUCH SHIT TO READ! A NON SEQUITUR?

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The problem with Parecon is that you have to read about it. Yeah, you could listen to a talk by Albert or Hahnel, but...I mean what are the odds of anyone really doing that. Fuck, what a chore. And it is a fucking chore. One that deserves the use of an expletive. How many people have read the Parecon books, all of them? Really. Even if one excludes the one meant for real  economists. Who'd want to? Jesus. I have. I can't even remember most of them. Vague recollections. Everything just…

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