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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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Two-and-a-half minutes to midnight

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The other day the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic presentation of how close we are to the end of humanity, was forwarded by half a minute. The immediate reason was the election of the Trumpinator, in view of his stated policy intentions to stop fighting climate change and escalate nuclear armament.Once H. sapiens has gone extinct, no one will be left to shed a tear for its demise. Sad. But a worse future is possible – and, in my opinion, more likely – in which humankind does not end but the…

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Check In

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I would like to hear from people about how they are feeling; how your week went, what gave you joy, what made you anxious- what you do to stay human in these challenging times. Do you have a specific practice, a creative outlet or a nurturing community that renews your spirit, keeps you in the game? Knowing a blog post is not the greatest medium, I still would like to hear from those who are comfortable writing about their thoughts and feelings. I'll start it out.... I had a great week (despite…

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Democracy and Dealing with Right-Wing Populism 2

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[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, resentment, fear Show how and where these are legitimate (global neoliberalism, imperialism-terrorism vicious  circle) and validate them. Show where and how they are illegitimate and criticise them (xenophobia, scapegoating, sexism, conspiracy delusions).…

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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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Call for Candidates for the Adjudication Committee

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The task of the adjudication committee is to ensure an orderly process for conflict resolution. The committee can hear parties in a conflict, consult other members, and issue a binding ruling. Hopefully, it will not need to come in action more than once or twice a year. It will set its own rules and procedures, which may be fairly informal, but should aim for the following: Any IOPS member may bring a case, whether they are personally involved in the presumed conflict or not. Committee members who…

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So where is everybody?

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I've just joined this, I read the pre-amble, I was excited and then..........tumbleweed. It would appear nothing has happened on here for years. Like a hamburger displayed on the entrance to a drive-through, this deifinitly flattered to decieve. This ironically mirrors the plight of the left in NZ. So what happened? What went wrong? Why didn't this work?

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Michael Albert's Left List

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Those who visit ZNet will notice an overlay introducing yet another Albert Emancipatory Project whose format is eerily familiar. First there is the Manifesto explaining broad goals. Then there is The List of Signatorees, distinguished (ie. people who have published) names of The Left. This latest exercise is called We Stand and the program and names on the list will be familiar to anyone here on the IOPS site, or anyone who joined Zschool, or any of the other projects ( a blur to me but I know there…

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