September 1, 2014
"Marketing is the sanctification of commerce, through translation into a values discourse."

Venkatesh Rao at Ribbon Farm. The Economics of Pricelessness

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January 4, 2014
"Freire’s writings embody a mode of discursive struggle and opposition that not only challenges the oppressive machinery of the State but is also sympathetic to the formation of new cultural subjects and movements engaged in the struggle over the modernist values of freedom, equality, and justice."

Henry Giroux at his Web site. Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism 

December 23, 2013
"The poor do not merely owe each other money, they owe each other life, which they give to each other in abundance."

Quinn Norton at Medium. The Values of Money

Bitcoin, Money, and Datalove, Part One

September 28, 2013
"Radical monopoly reflects the industrial institutionalization of values. It substitutes the standard package for the personal response. It introduces new classes of scarcity and a new device to classify people according to the level of their consumption. This redefinition raises the unit cost of valuable service, differentially rations privilege, restricts access to resources, and makes people dependent. Above all, by depriving people of the ability to satisfy personal needs in a personal manner, radical monopoly creates radical scarcity of personal—as opposed to institutional-service."

Ivan Illich in Tools for Conviviality.

August 26, 2013
The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21

Nice list and a nice reminder how good it is to give children opportunities to affirm their best intentions, something adults need too.

Peter Alsop—My Body

August 24, 2013
"Manning and Snowden confront Washington with something far more worrisome. They threaten the power the state had carefully accrued amid recurring wars and the incessant preparation for war. In effect, they place in jeopardy the state’s very authority — while inviting the American people to consider the possibility that less militaristic and more democratic approaches to national security might exist."

Andrew Bacevich in Washington PostAre Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.

August 24, 2013
"Without exception, all communities that abide have a unique and specific ideology, or faith, or set of principles, which they accept unquestioningly, and which they attempt to practice to the greatest extent possible."

Dimitri Orlov at CluborlovWhat comes first?

August 24, 2013
"In every society, democratic or totalitarian, the sensible, grown-up thing to do is to commit to the long haul of sleazy conformity. The rewards are mostly guaranteed: if not freedom or happiness, then respectability and degree of security. What spoils it is the obstinate few who do otherwise – those, absurdly, who actually believe in the necessary fictions; enough to be moved and angered by the difference between what an organisation does in reality and what it says in public."

Christopher Yates in The GuardianThe whistleblower’s mad moral courage

This is why we pathologise those like Bradley Manning: I saw the ugliness of war, but the ‘sane’ thing was to keep my head down

June 30, 2013

What, then, should we count as a religious attitude? I will try to provide a reasonably abstract and hence ecumenical account. The religious attitude accepts the full, independent reality of value. It accepts the objective truth of two central judgments about value. The first holds that human life has objective meaning or importance. Each person has an innate and inescapable responsibility to try to make his life a successful one: that means living well, accepting ethical responsibilities to oneself as well as moral responsibilities to others, not just if we happen to think this important but because it is in itself important whether we think so or not.

The second holds that what we call “nature”—the universe as a whole and in all its parts—is not just a matter of fact but is itself sublime: something of intrinsic value and wonder. Together these two comprehensive value judgments declare inherent value in both dimensions of human life: biological and biographical.


Ronald Dworkin in The New York Review of BooksReligion Without God


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June 14, 2013
"Faith is, among other things, the normal and necessary human response to those questions that can’t be answered on the basis of any form of proof, but have to be answered in one way or another in order to live in the world."

John Michael Greer at The Archdruid ReportA Question of Values

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