A Radical Definition of Radical

In Short: Radical — to be radical means to oppose the orthodoxies of the times, be they religious, political, social, institutional, economic, etc.  One is more radical, the more fundamental and total the change for which they agitate. In more detail: Because the meaning of radical has been overdetermined, we have fallen prey to many … Continue reading

Festival Night

Note: These posts are not meant to be plot summaries, but commentaries. While we do not go out of our way to spoil, hints if not spoilers about later chapters and even books are occasionally discussed. We recommend reading this post after you have read the parts we are discussing. Mars has meant many things … Continue reading

I Will Sell You The Mars Trilogy

I highly suggest you commit whatever time it takes to read the 1800 or so pages in the Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson, an award winning science fiction epic published in three parts, beginning with Red Mars in 1993. Kim Stanley Robinson delivers what has rightly been called “hard science fiction.” It is a … Continue reading

Disillusionment

In Short: The process of realizing something you believed in (a person, a truth, an idea, an institution, a system of governance, etc) is not true, coming to terms with this, and taking the opportunity to reevaluate what you had believed to be true with the intentions of finding new meaning. In more detail: The … Continue reading

Making sense of Occupy Wall Street

One of the criticisms I often hear regarding the Occupy movements is that it is unclear is to what they’re all about.  To help shed a little light, here’s a terrific interview with author and scholar, Chris Hedges, and Democracy Now host, Amy Goodman.

This is important.

There’s a decent chance the largest intelligence agency, the NSA, has been collecting massive amounts of data, and hence information, from nearly every American. “A three-judge federal appeals court grilled government and civil rights lawyers while entertaining arguments here Wednesday concerning dozens of dismissed lawsuits alleging the National Security Agency illegally vacuumed American’s internet traffic … Continue reading

Quiet Dog, Bite Hard… (I will sell you Mos Def)

As embarrassing as it is to acknowledge my extreme fondness for Mos Def after Stuff White People Like exposed just how typical such a fondness is in white folk like myself, I would nevertheless like to bellow the virtue of the man, using as my example one of his songs in particular. Embedded below are … Continue reading

Julian Assange Arrested in London

As the title states:  Julian Assange arrested.  Amy Goodman breaks it down. And from Wired.com:  Why Wikileaks is Good for America.