Dead Wild Roses: Quote from The Irony of American History – Reinhold Niebuhr

  Reading dry academic books so you don’t have to… 🙂  Niebuhr tackles what he sees as contradictions in the base make up of American culture.  He uses a plethora of words to say what he means, but importantly, he zeros in how important collective action is – even in a society that claims to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why We Need to Stay Connected to Reality – Nick Turse

     Our society is being influenced negatively by the consumerist culture that we, collectively, have taken our hands off the tiller and have let the market decide what is best for us and our cultures. The idea that we can consume our way to happiness, well-being, or even a more just society would not compute ...

Politics and its Discontents: Concern For The Collective

For whatever reason, I am one of those people with a deeply ingrained sense of fair play that recognizes we are more than simply individuals ‘doing our own thing’ in isolation and with no regard to others; I happily acknowledge that we are part of a larger agglomeration that we name ‘society.’ So yes, I ...

The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

Who will win in the latest labour dispute between BC teachers and the provincial government? It doesn’t matter, we are already losing. Now a politician isn’t going to tell a province this, a union representative isn’t going to hold a press conference to point it out, and people aren’t going to buy a newspaper to ...