Why I’m not Devastated
Actually I am a bit devastated, but not nearly as much as most people from my liberal neck of the woods, mainly because I am lucky enough to have stumbled, about eight years ago, into a world of political activism that lives beyond the current political divide. Around 2:30 last night when I rolled over and emerged from my safe world of dreams, I made the mistake of rousing myself enough to check the results. When I had gone to bed Trump was giving…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on November 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Suppose you were organizing a group intending to take political action on some pressing local issue, like new development projects in your neighborhood; or suppose you were running a meeting of the local Democratic, even Green, political party. What would happen if you opened the meeting with Yoga stretches or mindfulness breathing, or suggested, at some point, that everyone circle up, hold hands, and sing a song? You’d…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on October 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Thoreau’s Luxuries: An Interlude-
In times of difficulty, when I need to remember who I am and what I am about, I often turn to books and poetry. From my bookshelf I feel my patron saints watching over me--or at least I feel the closest thing to that possible for one who subscribes to the natural supernaturalism of the Earth Church. Sometimes its Wendell Berry or Wallace Stevens; other times its Hegel and Marx; sometimes I’m buoyed by some Adrienne Rich or uncle…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on September 14, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments
On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created
The ethos of the previous two installments of “On Surplus” might be summed up with a few lines from Thoreau: “The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
What demon indeed?
Added by Erik Lindberg on August 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments
A Defense of Difficulty
From time to time readers complain that my essays and posts are too long and too difficult to follow. They are long and difficult, I agree, but I do not agree that length and difficulty are a fault of the writer. I would even suggest that readers have become lazy, expecting new and complex ideas to be delivered with the brevity and wit of a good twitter post (were such a thing to actually exist).
I’m going to illustrate my point of view by describing…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on July 30, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments
I want to start with a couple of images.
In late autumn of 1620, the Europeans we now celebrate as the Pilgrims stumbled on to shore near what is now Provincetown Massachusetts after over two months at sea. Were it not for the additional stumbling that led to fresh burial mounds festooned with maize, the settlers would likely have starved to death right there and then. But a little grave-robbing is always justified under extreme conditions.…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on July 9, 2016 at 1:59pm — No Comments
This is Part 1 of a 2 or 3 part series on the concept of surplus. Surplus is one of the most central features of modern industrial and democratic societies. In fact it is so central and its permanence so taken for granted that it is scarcely noticed and even less understood. The following installations are my attempt to discuss several of its facets, for the slow disappearance of surpluses, I think,is the cause of great bewilderment.
A few weeks ago I came home…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on June 5, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural narratives and, especially, the call for a new narrative that might guide modern society through a transition to a sustainable culture. This narrative, we are told, needs to be compelling and, it is often emphasized, not too depressing or negative. Be positive, keep it simple, lead with the good news and prospect of hope—and so the imperatives fly.
There is some good advice, here, but some problems as well. These…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Politics in the United States subsists on a single myth whose narrative is central to all positions, even most of the ones located at the fringe.[i] This dominant political narrative pretends to be historically accurate, as if it explains where we have come from and where we can go from here. But the explanation it offers is neither accurate nor helpful for our current predicaments. There may have been a time in which the cheerleading the myth encourages and the unifying…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Remembrance of Things Yet to Come: A Response to Ted Trainer
Added by Erik Lindberg on April 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Ecotheology, Limits, and Freedom
. . . a limitless technology, dependent upon a limitless morality, which is to say upon no morality at all. How did such a possibility become thinkable?
Pope Francis’s critique of the technocratic paradigm in his…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on April 7, 2016 at 7:24pm — No Comments
By Erik Lindberg
A Sojourner’s Guide to the Closed World
This is fifth in a series on the future of freedom. Previous installments might be found here: http://www.resilience.org/author-detail/1151776-erik-lindberg
Suppose you lived on a finite planet—say a sphere or…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on February 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
To Paris and Beyond: Climate and Freedom
by Erik Lindberg
For the modern radical is as confident in the moral expression of his stances and consequently in the assertive uses of the rhetoric of morality as any conservative has ever been. Whatever else he denounces in our culture he is certain that it still possesses the moral resources which he requires in order to denounce it. …Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on January 27, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
Geo-Physis of Freedom
At the end of my last installment I proposed that freedom requires an open system and that it is incompatible with a closed one. This hypothesis of course needs some clarification and evidence. As a first step in clarification, I should explain that I’m talking mainly about political freedom (though some of the same…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on January 7, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The Closed World and the Infinite Universe: The Metaphysics of Freedom
by Erik Lindberg
[this is a follow-up installment to "Selective Anti-Modernism and the Shape of Society…
As far as the individual is concerned, each individual is in any case a child of his time; thus philosophy, too, is its own time comprehended in thoughts. It is just as foolish to imagine that any philosophy can transcend its contemporary world as that an individual can overleap his own time or leap over Rhodes. If his theory does indeed transcend his own time, if it builds itself a world as it ought to be, then it certainly has an existence, but only within his opinions—a…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on December 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
My jaw has been hurting. I blame TV news, which I have been tuning into more frequently since the attacks in Paris. Or rather, I blame the people who they parade across the screen to explain our current strategy for fighting ISIS, and to assess its effectiveness. These people—senators, the President, the Secretary of State, and various military and security analysts—seem so serious with their suits and ties, and the air of authority and confidence they emit. Watching them, though, I…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on November 21, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments
21 Stories of Transition and the Great Imagining: Why Transition Matters
Rio, Kyoto, Copenhagen, and Paris
In December, representatives from governments from across the Earth will descend upon Paris in hopes, once again, of hammering out a global agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions to the point where human civilization might expect a reasonable chance of survival.
Although there is greater urgency that ever and…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on November 12, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments
By Eriik Lindberg
“Our goal is not to amass information or satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it”
Added by Erik Lindberg on October 30, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Recently a friend asked me what I thought about Bernie Sanders, especially with issues of sustainability in mind. This is my answer.
I want to start with Bernie Sanders’ opposite--an opposite in policy, temperament, intellect, and integrity: Donald Trump. Trump is a menace, no doubt; but his sudden rise in popularity deserves our attention. One of the most pervasive themes of his campaign message, it has been noted, is that the decline of America…Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments