• Archive for August, 2010

    What is the State?

    by  • August 30, 2010 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    Max Weber’s definition was that something is “a ‘state’ if and insofar as its administrative staff successfully upholds a claim on the monopoly of the legitimate use of violence in the enforcement of its order.” I’ve found this definition not to aid my thinking about conflict areas and state failure, where monopolies of any kind [...]

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    We can’t have nice things because Hakim Bey and the Pope will molest your children

    by  • August 30, 2010 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    The problem at the heart of all edgy political movements is that the government is doing the wrong thing, but ignoring the government has three worse consequences: the government will punch you in the head, other, evil groups (racists, say) will also ignore the government, and often simply being free is not enough, you want [...]

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    Free housing and 21st Century Leadership

    by  • August 27, 2010 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    Buckminster Fuller and Mahatma Gandhi showed that single individuals could transform the world. When I really got started in this game, in 2002, with the invention of the hexayurt, I searched hard for some model of how to be effective. Here’s roughly what I came to. Institutions which own humanitarian problems have been ineffective for [...]

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    The Way of the Dassie

    by  • August 26, 2010 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    1-Don’t speak that which is not true 2-Don’t take that which is not offered 3-Don’t be a pervert 4-Practice to be psychic 5-Don’t kill anyone or anything By those lovable weirdos, Die Antwoord. I haven’t seen this level of high weirdness in quite a while.

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    Plan Z on climate change

    by  • August 24, 2010 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    Disaster at the Top of the World (ugh, regwall) By Thomas Homer-Dixon, via Eldan. Policy makers need to accept that societies won’t make drastic changes to address climate change until such a crisis hits. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for them to do in the meantime. When a crisis does occur, the societies with [...]

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    Getting The Future We Deserve

    by  • August 22, 2010 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    The Future We Deserve is my attempt to mobilize more people towards creating the future we deserve. I want to find a community to discuss and learn about other perspectives on the future. My hope is that out of that conversation might come new ways of actually creating these positive futures. What might that look [...]

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    On light and darkness

    by  • August 21, 2010 • Everything Else • 22 Comments

    We have the ability to transform the world. Previous generations had the possibility to transform society, but since the technological breakout of the 20th century we have attained the power to transform the world. Our first real transformative step was to leave the planet a desolate husk, devoid of life, a quiet radioactive wasteland with [...]

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