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Detail of engraving showing the original Luddites

Luddites 3.0

I. INTENTIONS Technological Progress: have you ever heard of it? Yes, I know, lots of folks have. Marketers have made sure of this. We are bombarded with reports of it every day, by thousands of advertisements. We are told that this year’s new car is “better than” last year’s new car, and many reasons are […]

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The Shadowy Fundamentalist Organization at the Heart of Government (and Mike Pence is a Member)

Given that our new Vice President is a member of the powerful, but shadowy, Washington, D.C. evangelical group “The Family” (officially, the Fellowship Foundation), Jeff Sharlet’s 2008 book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power would seem worth looking at again. And it is hardly a reassuring re-read for anybody already […]

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The Yaqui’s DAPL: Mexico Reportedly Moves Ahead With the Agua Prieta Pipeline

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has become a major controversy involving the local Yaqui indigenous community, which is less that pleased about the Agua Prieta tube’s route (straight through Yaqui territory). Things went from bad to worse on Oct. 21, when the pipeline’s supporters attacked a group of protesters, killing one, wounding eight, and causing […]

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I hereby nominate Toni Morrison for a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

So, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature? I have to wonder if the Swedish Academy, which apparently won’t be enjoying the pleasure of his company at this week’s acceptance ceremony, isn’t getting a perverse pleasure out of putting some of us literary types in the uncomfortable position of having to criticize the choice […]

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JUSTICE SUSPENDED: photo essay

Four years after her 16-year-old son was killed by a border patrol agent who fired at least ten bullets through the international boundary at Nogales, Arizona, into his back, Araceli Rodriguez, the boy’s mother, will have to wait any decision in her lawsuit against the agent until the U.S. Supreme Court answers constitutional questions raised […]

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