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August 2018

A New National Conversation: The Dream of America

Division, anger, loss of hope, loss of jobs, jobs that don’t pay enough, rising rents, global warming, wars, floods of refugees, walls erected against tides of chaos, the shattering of identities… An immense turning point. Amidst all of this, the unleashing of heretofore undreamed-of possibilities, a coming to the fore of the real, pent-up dream […]

Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”: Meat Packing, Then & Now

Over a hundred years ago, in 1906, “The Jungle”, a book by American writer Upton Sinclair, was published, exposing labor and sanitary conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry.  The book caused a public uproar, contributing in part to the passage a few months later of the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act. […]

Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Last evening, I dropped in on a presentation and discussion about community land trusts at the San Francisco Library, led by a lovely young woman, Megan Svoboda, Education and Outreach Manager at the San Francisco Community Land Trust. Community land trusts are popping up here and there all across the country, as a means to […]

AI & The World of the Heart

Automation is expanding in our world.  It is replacing workers and destroying  jobs.  It is beginning to radically change our ideas of work and the economy. Advancing in tandem with automation is its offspring, artificial intelligence, or AI. People talk of the “singularity”, or point when computers might become more intelligent than human beings.  This […]