Have you fallen for the myth of pure evil?

In his book Evil, psychologist Roy Baumeister busts what he calls the myth of pure evil, the idea that evil is, the intentional and gratuitous infliction of harm for its own sake, perpetrated by a villain who is malevolent to the bone, inflicted on a victim who is innocent and good. We see depictions of this [Read More…]

Am I smarter than President Obama? I don’t think so…

In his his Sept. 24 speech to the UN general assembly, President Obama said, As an international community, we must meet this challenge [of religiously motivated fanatics] with a focus on four areas. First, the terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded, and ultimately destroyed. A couple of minutes later, he followed this up with: [Read More…]

Is your utopian vision blinding you to reality?

In a recent piece written for the Huffington Post, theologian Stephen Phelps argues that the US political system is gridlocked over climate change due to “a confusion of climate change denial with so-called conservative values.” In order to help people pull their heads out of the tar sands, Phelps seeks to establish how the term “conservative” has [Read More…]

Frame or be Framed

Several years ago I worked on a documentary called spOILed, which takes a rather unique look at our relationship with fossil fuels. In the film, we argue that contrary to what we’re told by the anti-oil industry (a.k.a the environmentalist movement), fossil fuels are the cleanest, safest form of energy ever discovered, and that anyone who [Read More…]

A good introductory video for those who think non-violence is unthinkable and impractical

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Hermann Goering was right about at least one thing…

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Teach me how to treat you

I have four children, ages 6-14. Two boys and two girls. I absolutely love being a dad, a development in life that caught me completely by surprise, seeing as I had no desire to have kids, and the first baby I ever held was my son Huw the day he was born. But being a [Read More…]

Why violence is the perfect solution to every problem

Simple: It demands the least of us in terms of both compassion and creativity. Rather than sacrifice our time, resources, rights or comfort in an effort to resolve a conflict, violence allows us to foist the total cost of a conflict onto our enemies. Think of it as the fast food of conflict resolution. The [Read More…]

David French needs to read some MLK

In a recent blog post, David French, Senior Counsel at the staunchly Zionist American Center for Law and Justice, argues that in the face of violence, Pacifism… is nothing more than compelled helplessness… [it] is thus the worst possible response to attack, not just tactically and strategically stupid in secular terms but also a direct abdication of a [Read More…]

Perhaps violence isn’t so black and white after all…

To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize, and yet when it comes to the greatest crime–waging war on another state–they praise [Read More…]