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September 2009 Archives

Why It’s So Hard to Admit Error

posted by Gus diZerega

A great piece on why it is so difficult to convince people by using reason and evidence has just appeared in Atlantic Magazine ‘s online site.  Lane Wallace’s The Uncommon Navigator  is well worth reading by all Pagans – and […]

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The Difference Between Civilization and Barbarism

posted by Gus diZerega

We have all heard, if we’ve paid attention, of how stories of Americans widespread torturing of Muslims have served as a big recruitment draw for groups fighting us.  Torture is what Americans have been doing because our amoral leaders say […]

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Frank Schaeffer on Fundamentalism and Village Idiots

posted by Gus diZerega

Ever since Cheryl brought Rachel Maddow’s interview of Frank Schaeffer  to my attention, I’ve dithered and agonized over whether to post it.  Frank Schaeffer is a former leading member of the religious right who was deeply involved in Republican Party […]

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The Wiccan Rede and the Ten Commandments

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night we discussed the meaning of the Wiccan Rede: An It Harm None, Do as Ye Will.  Its tone and message is very different from much monotheistic teaching, such as the Ten Commandments.     Superficially read the Rede simply says, […]

Cristina on Kirk Cameron, Stupidity, and Darwin

posted by Gus diZerega

Some Fundamentalists think they have concocted a neat way of attacking evolution on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species, lowering our national IQ below even the level to which it has currently sunk.  A young […]

The First ‘Wicca 101′ Session

posted by Gus diZerega

We had our first Wicca 101 class last night, on Mabon, the Equinox.  Along with the Priestess who is co-teaching, we had five students: two with previous experience, the others without.  A sixth, also a newbie, will join us at […]

Of Sabbats, Wheels, and Place

posted by Gus diZerega

Our Mabon and Samhain discussions have prompted this post.  Wicca’s roots are in northwestern Europe, a land of strong seasons like those in much of the US.  It was easy to integrate the agricultural cycle in the British Isles, and […]

Witch School

posted by Gus diZerega

Brandi- tell me about it.

Technological Good News From Old Europe

posted by Gus diZerega

The wild card on environmental issues has always been our ingenuity. Current developments in Germany are pointing to a near future where any household who wants one can have a power generating plant in their basement that is greener, more […]

Mabon – The Fall Equinox

posted by Gus diZerega

The Fall Equinox has arrived, and with it the final Wiccan Sabbat celebrating the harvest, the reaping of the riches produced throughout the year.  Like the Spring Equinox, Mabon is a time of balance, but balance with a different flavor.  […]

America and Fascism: Part 3 of an Important Series by Sara Robinson

posted by Gus diZerega

I missed Sara’s third and final post on the fascist threat to America and what can be done to prevent its triumph.   It came out at the end of August, and I was deep into my own stuff.  But […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Tired of political theory and Paganism?  Here’s your chance! Even if you’re not tired, this is still a chance!

Screwy System

posted by Gus diZerega

I just deleted two copies of my most recent post, and discovered there were two copies of my domestic abuse post – but both had comments, so I couldn’t delete one. There seem to be some glitches in the Beliefnet […]

Liberalism: A Pagan Perspective, Part III.

posted by Gus diZerega

This final section is where I think the bigger picture of how a Pagan perspective helps the modern world better address its problems comes together.  Look below the fold if you like political theory…

Liberalism: A Pagan Perspective, Part II.

posted by Gus diZerega

Liberals have often been accused of relying on an overly individualistic idea of who we are.  Liberals answer they are well aware we have social sides, but they (and their ritics) rarely question the nature of the individual self.  I […]

Domestic Abuse a Preexisting Condition for Denying Insurance

posted by Gus diZerega

In earlier comments, Jaundiced pointed out that there were 9 states that allowed domestic abuse to be a reason for denying health insurance care.  I was curious as to what states allowed insurance corporations – ‘company’ is too good a […]

A Pagan Take on Liberalism, Part I.

posted by Gus diZerega

The political posts that have often filled this blog have led me bit by bit into wondering how a Pagan perspective, taken seriously, changes the way we think about politics and society.  The more I delved into this, the more […]

Want Health Care in America? Rob a Bank

posted by Gus diZerega

There are really no words of kindness to describe the people who knowingly defend a health care system that can allow this to happen when there are many countries less rich than ours where it cannot. There are words to […]

No More Honesty than Empathy

posted by Gus diZerega

I said that the best quick and dirty way you could tell when a ‘conservative’ leader was lying by whether his or her mouth was moving.  Some people took exception.  Now It’s objective and not a matter of debate. At […]

“Republican politicians have no empathy” – Joe Conason

posted by Gus diZerega

Joe Conason has written a very thought provoking piece on politics and empathy in today’s Salon.com.  If he is right, and I think he is, there are serious mental disorders underlying a great many of today’s leading ‘conservatives’ and presumably […]

Pain Free Farming Through Genetic Engineering? Yeech.

posted by Gus diZerega

Modern factory farms may soon be raising animals that are “pain free,” and so not able to suffer physically from the abominable conditions under which they live.  So says a story in this week’s New Scientist, my favorite science magazine. […]

The Nature of Myth – And More Good Stuff by Robert Bringhurst

posted by Gus diZerega

Pagan cultures have always made use of two sources of knowledge about the world, which Karen Armstrong defined in her book The Battle for God as mythos and logos.  Modern societies, including most modern religion, limits itself to one, logos.  […]

Sebastopol’s Farmers Markets

posted by Gus diZerega

I just returned from our Sunday Farmers’ Market, which as summer rolls towards its end has become a feast for they eyes as well as the body.  Huge mounds of organic tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, broccoli, peaches, spinach, greens and […]

Starhawk and Van Jones

posted by Gus diZerega

Starhawk tells it like it is and while it’s too late to save Van Jones’ position because of Obama’s increasingly apparent lack of character, it’s not too late to tell this so-far failure of a leader that he made a […]

A Pagan Take on Conservatism’s Contribution to Modern Irrationality. Part II.

posted by Gus diZerega

The Second Tragic Flaw     Most conservatives have realized that the integral Old Order can never be re-established, and many would not want to now if they could.  Modernity’s material advantages are too great.  Instead they sing the praises of ‘traditional […]

A Pagan Take on Conservatism’s Contribution to Modern Irrationality. Part I.

posted by Gus diZerega

The argument I am making about modernity’s intimate connection to nihilism and irrationality is in many respects a classic conservative argument.  Yet conservatism is as infected with the virus of nihilism as the strains of modernity it perceptively criticizes.  (This […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Another one of these.

The Locust- A Wonderful Maori Song

posted by Gus diZerega

The Locust is a wonderful, and very Pagan, Maori song.  Enjoy. With many thanks to Clare for turning me on to it.

Secular Modernity’s Own Struggle with Irrationality – A Pagan View, Part I.

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below. Robert Mathiesen makes a very important point in his comment on my Fundamentalism and Irrationality post, one this blog might have failed to emphasize adequately because it’s complex and because the ‘Christian’ Right is louder right now.  This […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food ...

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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made ...

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