Spain is my emotional home--the intensity, the passion, the frankness, the harsh shadows and brilliant lights--echo my own, not always easy character. I have spent many months there, each time becoming more enamoured. So when I witness scenes of utter chaos and police violence towards citizens of Barcelona going about the democratic business of voting … Continue reading Lament for Catalonia
'I thank thee, oh Lord, that thou hast not made me a woman', goes an old patriarchal prayer that could be fine tuned thus: I thank thee, oh Madam, that thou hast not made me an economist. I am quite sincere: these are not good days for economists because we are about to 'celebrate' the ten … Continue reading Consider the poor economist
Having just finished a Memoir REBEL MUSE My life with Peter Paul Ochs and a website http://www.peterpaulochs.info/ I am feeling a tad wrung out. And I haven't written on this blog for months, bad girl. In spite of all that, while reading the Guardian this morning, I came across a new name in the emerging … Continue reading The Lure of the Hopeful Guru
Before you can make things better, you have to accurately name them. Put another way, it helps to understand why things are so fucked up, man. And then you can make a list of how to tackle the beast. The chattering classes call it a 'crisis of legitimacy' brought on by you know who. Since … Continue reading Gaming the Political System
Let's just stop pretending that the Big Ideas still work. I'm talking about Capitalism, Democracy and Freedom, or CDF. It could be the name of a party, and in fact, it is: it's the party line we've all been working for, all our lives. But it has delivered Trump, the gnashing of teeth and Climate … Continue reading Building Our Own Tiny Huts
Let's keep this short and bitter: I just came back from the City of Angels, where I listened to Californians talk about their 'election'. It's is a bit like talking to your six-year-old about Santa: she wants to believe, but she already has serious doubts.
The muck that this election has exposed is so deep, so vile, so devastating, that the only sane reaction is to stay home.
I do occasionally stumble upon good news, and when I do, I always want to share it. Today, I want to point you at a village that is entirely self-sufficient, green, off-grid, and utopian. The concept is quite simple, the builders of RegenVillages took all the existing sustainable, green and clean technologies that we have … Continue reading Does sustainable living look like this?
The Brexit could become The Brentance to a deadly serious discussion about our collective future.
It's on everyone's mind today. From John Oliver's barber shop quartet lampooning the divided nature of the debate to the tune of Ode to Joy to Andrew Nikiforuk in the Tyee, reminding us that bigness always leads to badness. Both are right, but wait, that can't be because they are arguing opposing positions. I have … Continue reading The Brexit is the Tip of a Troubling Iceberg