From 9/11 to 11/9…


Fifteen years between these two dates. Seventy eight years since Kristallnacht…. Landmarks on the path to disillusionment. A road we've not seen the end of…. A road from complacency and an unearned certainty to humility. A humility we may feel we don't deserve. A humility that brings us no where we wanted to go. Hard-earned.… Continue reading From 9/11 to 11/9…

Hanging on


Cognitive Dissonance occurs when perception shows us what we are unable to accept. We fail, actually refuse, to see something because to see it will break something we rely on for our deepest security. This challenge to our world view is too much to bear. It is felt… we just can't…. Who would have thought… Continue reading Hanging on

The Politics of Nostalgia


As any hope of an actual break with business-as-usual fades into the heat and glare of a summer in which discontent does not lead to action to address its causes; but becomes nothing more than a nuisance of disaffected noise signalling on both sides of our political theater that everyone – with the strongest push… Continue reading The Politics of Nostalgia

The fantasy of control


So long as we keep expecting that what funnels through public discourse are choices that lead to results we are stuck in the nightmare fantasy of control. Brexit. Trump versus Clinton. All of the day's public questions are mired in manipulations. We remain complicit so long as we feel we must make the choice our… Continue reading The fantasy of control

What is at the root of our crisis of leadership?


We expect a leader to "play the part." Anyone caught-up in roles has nothing to offer us in our predicament. Facing our predicament requires that we embrace uncertainty and set-aside the doing-things-twice role playing forces upon us. Someone acting in this way just does not, "Look like a leader." Not that anyone else does these… Continue reading What is at the root of our crisis of leadership?

An Illusory Economy


We are caught between beliefs that are untenable and hard limits that will not go away. Let's look at what falls under the name economy. It is a mental construct that has been accepted as the rational way to organize how we interact to meet our physical needs within what is now described as a… Continue reading An Illusory Economy

It’s Religion


In a recent post John Michael Greer has continued to bring to light how a religious impulse underlies the current governmental crises. Not as the superficial coverage narrates a battle between conservatives and progressives, but how all these contending forces share in the overall religion of Progress. Reason with a capital R, as much as Fundamentalism,… Continue reading It’s Religion

Political Failure, a Clarification


There's a critical piece missing from the last post. That is, what does political failure entail? If we look at it from within the assumptions of "the game," the conclusion that what is needed and inevitable is a grand failure will be misunderstood. Saying that any one leader, any one party should fail, is just… Continue reading Political Failure, a Clarification

Our Gorbachev, The politics of disillusionment.


It was June of 2009 when I first realized that Obama was to be our Gorbachev. June 2010 when I first wrote about it. We are now living through what that means. What happens when the apparatchiks themselves no longer believe their own propaganda? If a people are lucky, and Russia was, to some extent,… Continue reading Our Gorbachev, The politics of disillusionment.

Disinterested, Why the Fool was so valuable


Two points: All that's been covered here so far is preamble. Disinterested parties provide the most valuable commentary. The first point aims at the unfinished quality of what has appeared here. The second hints at why this is important. We are conditioned to strive. One of the things we strive after most diligently is meaning.… Continue reading Disinterested, Why the Fool was so valuable

Shadows, Murmers & Inklings


an anecdote about Martin Luther King, who apparently said to Harry Belafonte, just before he (i.e., King) was assassinated, that he thought he might have been making a big mistake; that he sometimes felt like he was herding people into a burning church. This is a very different insight, quite obviously, than the notion that… Continue reading Shadows, Murmers & Inklings

“Changing Hearts and Minds”


Yesterday's irony – intentional or otherwise – becomes today's platitude. How is it that this one still has legs? How do we simply "forget" this phrase's origins? When asked why the US military was bombing the shit out of Vietnam, the response, probably penned by a sweaty, beady eyed CIA operative, was "To change hearts… Continue reading “Changing Hearts and Minds”