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Exploring Uncivil Liberties

(20) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:33 PM

When does liberty become license? At what point does the free exercise of my rights trample on yours? What is the real meaning of terms like private property, civil society, the commons?

These are the questions that a group of authors tackled in a new book, "Uncivil Liberties; Deconstructing...

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Thrive: Deconstructing the Film

(56) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 1:03 AM

There have been many screenings in the Bay Area of a privately produced film called Thrive. It is a long documentary, created in a New-Agey, pseudoscientific mode, which would be fairly innocuous if it were not masking a reactionary, libertarian political agenda that stands in jarring contrast with the soothing...

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Return to Mondragón

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:53 PM

Imagine living in a place where, even in this economic downturn, there is zero percent unemployment. Where there are no homeless people or soup kitchens because poverty is unknown. Where students get a quality education at a private university for about $5,000 a year, and healthcare and pensions are not...

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How Norway Responds to Catastrophe

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 7:06 PM

Twenty years ago, I was living in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), when the civil war erupted there. Realizing that an attack on Zagreb was a distinct possibility after Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia, I thought it wise to consider an exit strategy. However, by the time I decided to...

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Notes From Governor Jerry Brown's Inauguration

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Yesterday, I attended the sober inaugural ceremony that installed Jerry Brown as the 39th Governor of the state of California. Attending with me was Sonoma Mayor Laurie Gallian. We witnessed an unusual inaugural event. No fanfare, no elegant reception, no frills.

Focusing on the challenges that face us but...

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Worker-Owners in the Bay Area: A Business Model for the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 9:28 AM

A few years ago, when former CA state legislator Tom Hayden suggested that Northern California should apply for observer status with the European Union, it was understood that our region had more in common with Europe than much of the rest of America. Widely recognized for its progressive politics, the...

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An Alternative to Cutthroat Capitalism

(23) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 12:16 PM

Praxis Peace Institute (my Sonoma, CA non-profit organization) brought a group of 25 people for a 5-day seminar and tour of the Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain, September 13-18, 2010.

There was a popular phrase among some politicians a few years back that proclaimed, "there is...

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