Emma Goldman and the futility of voting

Emma Goldman (1869-1940), arguably, the best-known anarchist in the United States in the early twentieth-century, famously proclaimed, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Goldman emigrated from Tsarist Russia in 1885 and soon acquired a strong distaste for American democracy. In her essay, “Minorities versus Majorities,” Goldman observed that voting changes nothing. Elections come […]

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While Reading The Gospel of Mark alongside Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire

While Reading The Gospel of Mark alongside Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the […]

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Mysticism and Resistance

A recent Forbes Magazine article reported that mindfulness meditation is now a billion-dollar industry. For several decades, business-savvy gurus and corporations have monetized meditation by guaranteeing personal fulfillment, power and wealth to aspiring paid-up mystics.  Increasingly meditation is marketed as a way to improve a company’s bottom line by increasing employee productivity.  Happy employees are […]

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Matted leaves

This morning I made my bed.  I tucked in the corners, presuming to smooth out the rumpled chaos. Out and about, seeing I had clearly made a mess of everything, I thought of my well-made bed. In this deranged, nuclear warhead world, I still make my bed! And I bet you do, too. We manufacture order to […]

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A thought on the War on Christmas, as I look upon my neighbor’s overflowing garbage bin

Cardboard boxes and shiny, crumpled wrapping paper spill out of my Christian neighbor’s trash can.  My neighbor is a cultural Christian.  He has a big house and nice cars and says he loves Jesus.  But he’s often angry. During the month of December he is always angry about the War on Christmas. They want to […]

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A college education: would I do it differently today?

My two oldest children are currently attending university. One is on scholarship. The other is slaving with a corporation in order to have her tuition paid. They both hope to graduate with no school debt. I graduated from a university twenty-five years ago with about one thousand dollars in school loans. I have since devoted […]

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