Lifelong Learning: Thoughts on the Journey vs. End Results

by Jennifer Hartley This is the third essay in a series on the topic of why our family is homeschooling (Part I is here and Part II is here). Focusing on the journey, rather than any final achievements, seems to be part of my rationale for homeschooling — counteracting the cultural impetus towards “progress,” particularly …

What are we fighting for?

In my latest essay in this space I mentioned two phenomena worth fighting for: the living planet and freedom based in anarchy. I surrender. I no longer believe the struggle matters on either front. I no longer think we’ll save the remaining shards of the living planet beyond another human generation. We’ll destroy every — …

Conspiracy theories or conspiracy facts?

American writer Tracy Kidder points out: “In order to go on with our lives, we are always capable of making the ominous into the merely strange.” We ignore ominous warning signs at our own peril. But ignore them we will, and have. And we continue to call them strange, thus attempting to build a protective …

How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps

by The Homeless Adjunct I’m using this space to recommend a long, insightful essay. The full essay is here, and I’ve embedded a singular nugget below. “Within one generation, in five easy steps, not only have the scholars and intellectuals of the country been silenced and nearly wiped out, but the entire institution has been …

Reasons Why the Recent Chick-fil-A Controversy is Bad for Our Environment

by Samantha Gray With problems like global warming, rising oceans and more plaguing our planet, it baffles my mind that people are wasting their time and energy worrying about the beliefs and values of a fast food restaurant owner. How is that relevant to our immediate or long-term existence? From what I can see it’s …

Presenting in Auckland

The three video clips embedded below are the results from a presentation I delivered in Auckland, New Zealand on the evening of 24 June 2012. Thanks to Deck Hazen of Deep Green Productions for organizing the event and creating the videos.