Democratic Forest Trusts (PDF)in Watson, Alan; Dean, Liese; Sproull, Janet, comps. 2006. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress Symposium; 2005 September 30-October 6; Anchorage, AK.Democratic trusts with leadership elected by citizen-members promise to solve many of the problems afflicting both traditional government and corporate ownership of forestlands.Â This article explores these issues in some depth.Complexity and the Dream of Human Control of Eco-Systems (PDF)in Watson, Alan; Dean, Liese; Sproull, Janet, comps. 2006. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress Symposium; 2005 September 30-October 6; Anchorage, AK.The title captures it.Â I then explore the kinds of institutions compatible with both nature and the modern world that are implied from this analysis.Rethinking the Obvious: Modernity and Living Respectfully With Nature (PDF)The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, Winter, 1997.Modernity is usually considered a wrong turn in terms of respect for and sustaining the environment.Â I argue the reality is more complex, for modernity has freed us from personal dependence on agriculture, ended the economic value of children, radically reduced the likelihood of large scale wat, and shifted much production to intellectual rather than material capital.Â This partially decouples society from nature, which gives us important opportunities as well as problems.Towards an Ecocentric Political Economy (PDF)The Trumpeter, Fall, 1996.This paper begins my effort at showing how liberal modernity can be harmonized with an ecocentric perspective on our relationship with the natural world.Â It is a corrective to much “free market environmental” literature that sacrifices Nature to money as well as to anti-liberal attacks by well-meaning but economically naÃ¯ve environmentalists.Unexpected Harmonies: Self-Organization in Liberal Modernity and Ecology (PDF)The Trumpeter, Journal of Ecosophy, 10:1, Winter 1993This is my initial paper exploring how what I term ‘evolutionary liberal’ thought can be an important means by which society and nature can be brought into greater harmony.Â The other Trumpeter papers build on it.Deep Ecology and Liberalism: The Greener Implications of Evolutionary Liberalism (PDF)Review of Politics, Fall, 1996.Liberal thought and deep ecology are usually regarded as mutually exclusive. But the “evolutionary” tradition offers a way to integrate the two through commonalties in the work of David Hume, Michael Polanyi, Arne Naess, and Aldo Leopold, providing a stronger foundation for liberalism while strengthening the case for an ecocentric ethic.(Related subjects: Ecology)Saving Western Towns: A Jeffersonian Green Proposal (PDF)in Writers on the Range, Karl Hess and John Baden, eds., University Press of Colorado, 1998.Developmental pressures in the rural and small town West involve three groups: long term residents, new arrivals, and environmentalists. Today their interests often conflict. This conflict is in part the outcome of institutions which prevent harmonizing competing interests. The concept of developmental trusts, both for rural regions and for small communities offers a means whereby these interests can be harmonized for the benefit of all concerned.(Related subjects: Politics)Social Ecology, Deep Ecology, and Liberalism (PDF)Critical Review, 6: 2-3, 1992.Murray Bookchin is considered a leading radical environmental theorist. However, his analysis is incapable of leading humankind towards a more respectful and sustainable relationship with the natural world. Criticisms of Bookchin from both the deep ecology and evolutionary liberal perspective complement one another, pointing the way towards a better understanding of how modernity relates to the environment.The paper as a whole offers an early discussion of issues that are more clearly addressed in later papers, particularly Deep Ecology and Liberalism (1996) and the three Trumpeter articles in 1997, 1996, and 1993. However, there are other ideas in the article which have not been developed more thoroughly elsewhere.
Alyssa Thomas, a six year old, was placed on the land of the
free and home of the brave’s no fly list by the Department of Homeland
Security. When notified of their
error they refused to remove her name.
Bureaucratic arrogance and heartlessness is not a failing just of
Fascist and Communist systems. We
grow our own.
As the forces wanting the US to sink ever more deeply into authoritarianism it becomes
increasingly important for citizens, particularly of unpopular minorities, to
push back. Pharos, in a comment on
the Huffingtonpost story that first alerted me to it suggested we write our Representatives and Senators. I think this might work if a modest number of people did so
– and pay big dividends for us all down the line.
Here is a possible letter and contact information for your
Senators and Representative. They
will not likely read it, but members of their staff will, and if the arrogant
idiots at Homeland Security get enough queries, perhaps this policy will be
changed in the direction of decency.
Details below the fold:
Six year old Alyssa Thomas turned up on a no fly list. Mistakes happen. But when her father, a doctor in Ohio,
informed “Homeland Security” that they had made a mistake, according to AOL and
other news sources they replied that nothing in her file will be changed. TSA may as well have written “We are stupid and wrong, and proud of it.”
Perhaps you wonder why so many of us are developing a
contempt for government, a contempt that is dangerous for the long term
well-being of our country? This
kind of Kafkaesque reasoning is partly why.
There may be someone with the same or similar name, but if
so Homeland Security has an obligation to provide enough information that
innocent people are not barred from flying or put through unnecessary
hassles. As I remember, Senator
Kennedy was on the list at one time.
The potential for abuse, petty score settling, and simple harassment is
too great under the Bush era mentality that set this thing up. I hope you agree
there is still the rule of law in this country, and at a minimum that means a
private citizen’s life cannot be made more difficult because of an arbitrary
and irresponsible decision by some bureaucrat.
You can find out more here
I ask you to please see what can be done to rectify this
travesty to common sense and justice and waste of taxpayer money. I look forward to hearing from you what
you have done to safeguard your constituents, and Americans in general, from
this kind of idiocy.
You can find contact information for your Senators and your