Writings of J. Todd Ring: Advertising, bondage and consumerism

I turn off the mute on the radio, to check if the nauseating ads are finished and we can get back to the music, and I hear, “New York steak…” – so I mute it again immediately; and I think: Advertising = the intensification and multiplication of human wants and desires = the diminishing of ...

Melissa Fong: Smile

It’s sometimes really difficult for me to come to terms with realizing that there are some really horrible people in the world.  Like, not just ignorant but just really hateful. […]

Bill Longstaff: A politician of rare humility and wisdom

Uruguay is not a very important country in the grand scheme of international affairs, so we don’t hear much about it. Nor about its president, José Mujica. We should hear more. President Mujica is a politician who serves as a model for others of his profession. To begin with, he rejects the trappings of power. ...

Boreal Citizen: Bagel on a string: Collapse and the case for simplicity

When we talk about complexity, resources and economic decline, it seems we’ve learned nothing from history. In his talk in Barcelona, [Joseph] Tainter gave the example of the Roman Empire during the 3rd century A.D. At that time the empire faced a serious military crisis: invasions of foreign peoples and internal civil wars. The crisis ...