• June 1 Showdown: Repealing the Patriot Act

    The Patriot Act has been a top news item lately, especially since the most controversial section of it is set to expire June 1st, but not without a fight. If you haven’t been following recent developments, here are a few important details. Six weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a rattled Congress drafted and swiftly passed the… Continue Reading

  • Being “spiritual” is not a navel-gazing, class-privilege, anti-intellectual, passive… thing

    Jesus demonstrated a significant balance between maintaining an inner or spiritual equanimity and centeredness, and vigorous engagement in human affairs. Unfortunately what I too often find are people who are so heavenly/religiously/spiritually minded that they are no earthly good. Jesus was not a passive-ist; his spirituality compelled him to direct action in the world. Contrast… Continue Reading

  • Do we have the guts to change the world?

    Notable anarchist Alexander Berkman wrote: “The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of human to human, as of one free and independent to his or her equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life,… Continue Reading

  • My top five posts that thinned the ranks

    I’ve been part of the beta testing process of a new social media platform – Ideapod. The mission of Ideapod is to “… elevate the level of social discourse online, and offline, by allowing people to express their views and share ideas with others on matters of concern to them. Ideapod was created to enable the power… Continue Reading

  • When spirituality becomes navel-gazing

    Individualism makes the individual its focus, and is based on the fundamental premise that the human individual is of primary importance in the struggle for liberation. Religion often conditions people to become very individualistic. For example, evangelicalism is about YOU “getting saved” so that YOU are right with God so YOU will go to heaven.… Continue Reading

  • WARNING: Starbucks Spirituality Rant

    WARNING: RANT I see so much talk and discussion involving all kinds of elaborate spiritual and philosophical verbiage, concepts, explanations, etc. It all lacks credibility in my mind if there is not an outward expression and manifestation of it in terms of active engagement in our world and the affairs of humankind. Otherwise, it all… Continue Reading