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Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching · culture, fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

I was reminded about my Fellowship project last night when I saw that my birthday this year is the day Mercury is hidden by the Sun. It will remain invisible for 12 days. (It’s actually passing in front of the Sun from our perspective, but you can’t see it without special lenses, because Sun.) Two […]

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Hippie Daydream

April 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Hippie Daydream · intentional communities

I’m still dwelling on the intentional community thing. Folks have been suggesting known ICs to investigate, and I appreciate that. One of my comments asked what time frame I had in mind for ‘moving off the grid’, but I never responded because I haven’t considered that question. I think I would go as soon as […]

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Utopian Atheists

March 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Utopian Atheists · Uncategorized

— from Chris Hedges of Free Press on Alternet Many of these atheists, like the Christian fundamentalists, support the imperialist projects and preemptive wars of the United States as a necessity in the battle against terrorism and irrational religion. They divide the world into superior and inferior races, those who are enlightened by reason and […]

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Successful & small localized economies

March 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Successful & small localized economies · Uncategorized

The dissolution of Bear Stearns over the weekend put a rather somber exclamation point on the sub-prime mortgage crisis. If anyone had any doubt regarding the extent of the problem or how deeply it had spread, that doubt should now be lifted. I have no clue what to do about the global or national economies. […]

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… Eyetopia, Weyalltopia for…

June 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on … Eyetopia, Weyalltopia for… · history

It is an imperative of Life that we each must search for more of what we have, only better. It’s no accident that hominids, like most herding species, were originally nomadic. They were always searching over the next hill, beyond the next valley, for the greener pastures and fatter sheep. The advent of semi-agricultural habits […]

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Gift Economy pt. 2

August 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Gift Economy pt. 2 · intentional communities

Just to note, that as it is practiced in America, philanthropy is not a gift economy. In America — 1. Funding is only provided in context of achieving some goal 2. Funding is distributed based on needs assessments 3. Funding must be spent within a time frame long enough to diminish the value of the […]

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Gift Economy

August 17th, 2006 · Comments Off on Gift Economy · intentional communities

Principles of Gift Economy 1. Gifts are given without anticipation of reward 2. Gifts are given without assessment of need 3. Gifts must not be kept / Gifts must be perishable 4. Gifts must not be sold 5. Those who do not give gifts are shunned from the community 6. The gift not yet repaid […]

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Democracy and Culture

January 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Democracy and Culture · culture

When I was very young and I was learning about government for the first time, my initial judgment was that our government was carefully contrived to make it as difficult as possible for one person or group to hold power for very long, while simultaneously preventing anything from ever getting done. I recall also making […]

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