February 26, 2016

Politics is not a game, though the debates may resemble a game show. Voting to see “what will happen” because we’re bored, or discontented, is irresponsible. Vote seriously, or don’t vote at all. Read more

February 25, 2016

  Articles like this from The Atlantic, and this from Huffington Post, expounding on the value of a philosophy degree for the job market, leave me feeling a little bitter since my philosophy degrees have never equipped me to earn more than a fast-food worker might. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield is quoted in Huffington Post: “I think if you have a good background in what it is to be human, an understanding of life, culture and society, it gives you a good perspective on starting… Read more

February 24, 2016

In order to minimize the demand for abortion, we need reframe our view of pregnancy, beyond the system of capitalist production. Read more

February 23, 2016

  As Catholics it is understandable that we often find ourselves taking a defensive position. We’re the weirdos who pour water on our newborns, smear ashes on our foreheads, and worship a Jewish carpenter executed for sedition two thousand years ago. At times we’re handy for our aesthetic appeal when filmmakers want to capitalize on the numinosity of liturgy or the carnivalesque of festivals. At other times we are dangerous revolutionaries standing against the violence of earthly powers. (But often,… Read more

February 22, 2016

Voting for policies that will give women options other than abortion is both more effective and more humanitarian than voting for politicians who slash safety nets while promising to end abortion. Read more

February 21, 2016

  If you have been attending to the discussion over whether or not Pope Francis, in another memorable plane interview, made allowances for the use of contraception for women infected with the Zika virus, I hope you have taken the time to check out what he actually did say, at least in this unofficial English translation. You might also want to check out, if you haven’t already, Pia de Solenni’s post on the topic, and Melinda Selmys’ insightful analysis here at Patheos. Here’s… Read more

February 20, 2016

Umberto Eco, philosopher and story-teller, died yesterday at the age of 84, leaving me to chastise myself for doing exactly what I derided in yesterday’s post : mourning the death of a person because of the loss of production, in this case the production of works that rock my epistemological world. I guess my best tribute to him, then, will be to find how the world rocks on my own. Or, perhaps, to find how it doesn’t. When I was… Read more

February 19, 2016

As an organic farmer, I am keenly aware of the how bodily death is implicated in the eco-system, and therefore in our bodily relationship with the millions of other organisms thriving and surviving and perishing constantly around us, those with whom we consciously interact and those of which we are unaware. A plant requires a living soil – teeming with microbes – in order to grow, and yet a living soil requires death and decay. Composting is a condition for… Read more

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