“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Milton Keynes

So across the world the banks are being part nationalized this week. Gordon Brown of the UK led the charge.

One difference between this moment and the Depression is, we have the internet to make us see how things connect globally.

I never thought I'd live to see the day, honestly, when Milton Friedman's theologians ran the economy so hot that it ran off the road and had to be saved by John Maynard Keynes!

William Blake said it best: “If the fool were to persist in his folly, he would become wise.”

And all this just in time for massive government intervention to avert global warming.


Monday, October 13, 2008

Election fraud

No, not voter fraud (that Republican canard). The real deal.

Attorney General Gonzalez intimidated state prosecutors into purging the rolls—so much purging in fact that there are twice as many people purged from CO's rolls than newly registered voters. And guess which party they are mostly voting for? See Greg Palast's website
Steal Back Your Vote for details.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Make-Believe Maverick

You must, must, must read this essay in this month's Rolling Stone.

Then you must cut and paste the url and send it on.

You'll see what I mean. John McCain will make George Bush II himself look like an honorable, sensible, ordinary guy. Really. I'm not kidding. McCain's life runs the gamut from misogyny to alcohol to rage to...wow, just read it. From downing his plane on an aircraft carrier and watching on the monitor while 139 people died in the flames, to calling his second wife the c-word.

Even Bush a) respects his wife, b) admitted he had a drink problem, c) oh good heavens I can't believe I'm writing this.

Oh yeah, then there's the Keating Five corruption thing.

Relevant to ecology? Why yes. The entire planet may go up in flames between 2008 and 2012.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Morton vs. Nordhaus and Shellenberger

So the LA Times published my letter criticizing those cheeky crypto-Republicans Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, of “The Death of Environmentalism” fame!

Finally, I write something that more than three people read!