'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
Tales from the land of old age #1 Once upon a time, it was still possible to think that in spite of all evidence to the contrary, one could evade, sidestep or at the very least, ignore old age. Those were good days when I was able to live the 'active senior lifestyles' promoted in … Continue reading ANECDOTAGE
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.
To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, the RegenVillage is not a concept to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. Or put differently, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. The RegenVillages are not at all what they would like you to believe, and the people and institutions behind … Continue reading This is not what environmentalists dream of
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?
While we're busy getting ready for the fall season after the hottest and most volatile summer on record, (fires in Fort Mac, floods in Louisiana, gigantic typhoons, etc.) maybe it's time to ask if anyone is making progress on the ground where Climate Change actually has to be addressed. Like, what's happening with solar, … Continue reading Don’t like change? Move off this planet.