Beta Culture: ‘Yeah, We’re Fucked.’ Now What?

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I'll tell you about one of my sort-of-hidden motivations behind my thoughts about the necessity of Beta Culture.I've told this anecdote at least once here, but I'll repeat it: I was in New York City a few years back, specifically to meet PZ Myers at a Seed Magazine event, and I got to meet a climatologist at the same time. Drink in hand, and jokingly, one of the first things I said was "Tell me the truth. Are we fucked?" Dead seriously, he replied "Yeah. We're fucked."Some years before … [Read more...]

Thoughts on “Privilege”

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I've been hearing a lot about "privilege" lately, and I confess I continue to be disturbed by the subject, and how it is most often applied.I recognize that I have ADVANTAGES over some other people. For instance, I have the advantage that I'm healthy enough to donate blood, strong enough to carry a neighbor's groceries, perseverant enough to hold a job, bright enough to learn fresh skills or read a book in a day, creative enough to come up with novel ideas and think about things in new … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Just Say No

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Looking back over my life, one of the skills that would have saved me a lot of anguish, annoyance and wasted time is the skill of saying No.If I'd been taught to say No, just no -- without anger, or guilt, or any sort of emotional spin -- oh boy my life would have been different. I would have spent a great deal less time getting roped into doing things I didn't really want to do. My life would have been more MINE -- which I strongly suspect would have better allowed me to say Yes in the ways … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: A Third Approach to Gender Equality

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I’ve been thinking about feminism for a couple of years, and I’ve actually felt a certain amount of dread when I attempted to relate it to my conceptual work on Beta Culture. It’s completely obvious that Beta can’t work without a healthy respect for the needs of women, something better than what our western society has now, but I couldn’t see how ‘feminism’ – not the thing I want feminism to be, but the thing that it presently is – could be integrated into it without overwhelming the welcoming, i … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 2

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Let me toss some sentences at you.I’M GOING TO HIT YOU. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK.But what if the real sentences, the complete sentences, were these?I’M GOING TO HIT YOU ... up for a favor. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS ... policy in this town. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS ... of hours playing videos games. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK ... Cheney into his arguments every time.I sort of cheated you with those half-sentences, didn’t I? If each of those piec … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 1

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I've been reading this business about ‘90-year-old arrested in Fort Lauderdale for feeding the homeless!’ and I keep thinking something isn’t quite right with the story.I commented on a couple of Facebook threads, suggesting that what was happening was probably not what was being reported. MAYBE nobody was getting arrested for "feeding the homeless" and maybe the law, and the arrest, was about something else.After looking into it, it appears that this might be the case. I’ll tell you some … [Read more...]


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