Changing American Landscapes

Abandoned building in Youngstown, Ohio

Try traveling across the United States. Just go, with your eyes wide open, and see for yourself whether it is the ultimate measure of prosperity and stability. It is, after all, the richest country on Earth. Or, at least, so we used to say. But, in reality, traveling across the United States today evokes a …

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Consumerism in the USA: A Nation of Junkies?

Picture of a shopping mall parking lot

In the wake of the world economic crisis of 2008 much has been made, both by economists and the American government, of the need for the rest of the world to take up the “burden” of consuming that the United States had been carrying until then. As Barack Obama stated shortly before the 2009 Group …

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European Spring? Hope for the US?

Picture of Syriza election rally

The resounding electoral victory of the Radical Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in Greece on January 25th may mark the beginning of important changes in Europe. SYRIZA has won 36.3% of the vote and 149 seats in the 300-member Parliament, defeating the right-wing New Democracy Party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. SYRIZA quickly formed …

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A Review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Book cover of Capital in the Twenty-first Century

Capital in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Picketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer. 685 pages. Cambridge, MA and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2014. (Original: Le capital au XXI siècle, Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2013.) Capital in the Twenty-first Century is probably the most important book published in 2014 from the perspective of the …

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Climate Change Yoga

  [To hear Doctress Netuopia read her poem, click the above link.] Yoginis and Yogis time for a meditation on breath and the global carbon cycle. Get seated into easy pose—sukhasana. Sit down on your sitz bones as you straighten your spine while extending the crown your head up into the smog. Take a moment …

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