The Politics of Purity

My latest for Frontier Group, on the finger-wagging narcissism, grandstanding, posturing and sermonising that seem to have replaced debate over ideas and policies in certain sections of the political landscape.

Cities of the Future…

…will be green.

Read on

New Report: Transform Transportation

Published this week by U.S. PIRG. Co-written with my learned colleague Mr. Gideon Weissman. Abstract here. Full report here.

Lockdown Wanderings as an Antidote to Habit

“We humans have a tendency to see the world through the lens of what Henri Bergson called ‘habit-memory’ — our automatic reflex to make use of the ‘ready-made’ and to fall back into mechanical repetition of the same actions and ideas. Learning to listen to our imagination and to understand the places we live in a more intimate way can enable us to become attentive to the detail and complexity of the world around us that often get lost in our propensity for abstract thinking and the simplification of the world it entails. And this opens us up to new ways of thinking about problems, including global ones…”

Read the full article over on Medium.

New Report: Marine Protected Areas

My report on the science of marine protections, New Life for the Ocean – written for and released by Environment America – was published this week.
Abstract here. Full report here.

03/19

Hiking Mt. Lowe
March 2019

Common ground in an age of division: how conservation bridges the partisan divide

It’s all explained in a new, unzeitgeistily upbeat blog post of mine over on the Frontier Group site.

 Take a look.

He know windmills very much

An expert weighs in on the horrors of clean energy:

“I never understood wind… I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. [T]hey are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything.”

Donald J. Trump, cosmologist and windmill expert (via The Hill)

The Time of the Tribes at 30

A look back over Maffesoli’s 1988 magnum opus.

A Living Revolution Shofar review

Randall Amster (2011) Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 175-7

It would be hard to overstate the importance of James Horrox’s slim 2009 volume A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement. Given the centrality of Israel’s role in the geopolitical landscape, as well as its obvious imbrications within the larger workings of the American military-industrial complex, any text that cogently highlights an alternative narrative at the heart of Israel’s national ethos merits our critical attention. The fact that Horrox is able to accomplish this aim so spectacularly and vividly Read more ›