Politics

Action by government on Transition issues with opportunities for advocates to engage the political system for positive change.

Again, against Big Brother

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Tomorrow, February 11, Transition Voice will join a worldwide Internet protest against online surveillance by the NSA and other U.S. spy agencies. Below we re-post a call-to-action from the group Demand Progress. If you care about protecting freedom on the Internet, we hope you'll take part. -- Ed. Dear Users of the Internet, In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship … [Read more...]

Five reasons why government shutdown points to breakup of U.S.

The Union is dissolved poster

Despite all the talk, the federal government shutdown hasn't greatly affected daily life for most Americans so far. Some have been hit hard, especially federal employees, those receiving certain benefit payments, and tourists planning to visit the Smithsonian or a national park. But as apocalypses go, a couple weeks without "non-essential" federal services has been underwhelming for most American … [Read more...]

As the Empire declines it gets nastier

riot police in Chicago

Any empire requires three elements for its own survival. As an empire declines, it becomes necessary to push harder on all three fronts: obedience at home, oppression abroad, and destruction of the living planet. I present a few examples of each phenomenon and embed a brief video clip at the end. Obedience at home was the subject of a recent essay in this space. Those who do not obey the … [Read more...]

Can we really walk away from empire?

Photo: Erik Daniel Drost/Flickr.

I recently had the opportunity to engage in conversation with Guy McPherson about a number of topics and subsequently began reading his book Walking Away From Empire, Guy’s personal journey of leaving a tenured professorship to radically alter his living arrangements in preparation for the collapse of industrial civilization. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this touching, inspiring, thought-provoking, … [Read more...]

Disobedience the true foundation of liberty

life is struggle

As if he could peer into the future, Henry David Thoreau is credited with the expression: "Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." Herein I present a few recent examples of obedience at home. This essay is hardly comprehensive, and the hits keep coming, so this essay represents a minor start to a major issue. I'm certain many more examples will appear until … [Read more...]

Could fracking finally kill off rural America?

US fracking map

Gasland 2, the sequel to Josh Fox's documentary about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, introduces a frightening image. It's not another money shot of tap water on fire, though the water well hose lit up by the owner of a multimillion dollar home in Parker County, Texas is a wonder. Nor is the most frightening image an internal gas industry memo labeling residents of small … [Read more...]

Empire serves no one but itself

painting of Edward Snowden

Humanity has come to a defining moment in its two hundred thousand year evolution: we are at a place where we either have to give up or we have to stand up. Last night, amidst a backdrop of fear-creation by the security state, where you either shut up or face the consequences, my wife and I were talking about standing up to empire and what it might mean. The slap-in-the-face awareness of the … [Read more...]

Fear for free!

Protester with sign against NSA

The big brouhaha over former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's whistle-blowing revelation that the government is tuning in to every last thing We The People are doing has resulted in exactly the effect that an authoritarian government would most want to achieve: leaving us all quaking in fear and paranoia. For my part, I'm neither ready to declare Snowden a hero nor to … [Read more...]

Europe targets bee-killing pesticides

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It was a good day recently when the European Commission voted to ban the use of a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, for two years. Fifteen countries voted for the ban, which is not enough to constitute a “qualified majority.” That’s the reason for the sunset on the ban after two years. The moratorium applies to all member nations of the European Union and England. It will begin no … [Read more...]

Republican renaissance through climate change

Image: mariopiperni/Flickr.

The Republicans are a party in crisis. Having lost the election, they're now wracked with internal strife and prospects for a turnaround in the near term appear dim. The primary reasons for this decline are demographic: their values, platform, and policies are now dangerously out of sync with the mainstream, and diverging further every year. Exploring this divergence could fill an article of its … [Read more...]