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Realistic Left Politics in Texas

In an op/ed in the Austin American-Statesman, Robert Jensen and Patrick Youngblood of Third Coast point out that while Texas politics is particularly reactionary, the deeper problem is a U.S. political culture that can’t face reality. We spend little time decrying the ideological fanaticism of Republicans but instead highlight differences between our work on global […]

In a provocative essay in the environmental magazine Orion, “Dark Ecology: Searching for truth in a post-green world,” Paul Kingsnorth faces honestly the difficult place we humans find ourselves in the midst of multiple, cascading ecological crises. Rejecting the technological fundamentalism and market madness of the “neo-environmentalists” — what he describes as “an old-fashioned Big […]

Climate Change: Extreme Weather and Dirty Oil

Although there is still not nearly enough reporting on climate change in the corporate/commercial news media, important stories are appearing. The Los Angeles Times, for examples, reports that “Some climate scientists, in a shift, link weather to global warming“: a few prominent climate scientists now argue that there have been enough episodes of drought and […]

Why We Won and How We Are Losing

In this review of three new books, Robert Jensen ruminates on what we can learn about contemporary crises by thinking about human origins. He begins: We label as “crazy” those members of the human species whose behavior we find hard to understand, but the cascading crises in contemporary political, economic, and cultural life make a […]

David Orr on “Thinking about the Unthinkable”

According to David Orr, one of the country’s most astute thinkers about the ecological and the cultural, “We live now in the defining moment of our species that will determine whether we are smart enough, competent enough, and wise enough to escape from a global trap entirely of our own making.” In this essay “Thinking […]