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  • Information-based Trauma

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    (Reading A New Dark Age by our colleague Phil Williams yesterday, I was reminded of our efforts in September 2001 to combat media-generated post-9/11 trauma. As man-made crises become compounded in our everyday lives, critical incident stress can easily trigger widespread panic. Countering the consequences of this irresponsible conduct by media and government propagandists then… more

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  • Crises in Context

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    In a recent exchange, the notion of an American popular uprising was broached, conditioned on some future government having gone too far. My response was that this is not in our nature, culturally speaking, but that random violence toward scapegoats is. My suggestion was that prophylactic measures be initiated at community levels in anticipation of… more

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  • New Dark Age

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    “The problem is that the stateocentric mode of thinking is so highly normative that consideration of alternative forms of governance, which does more than treat them as threats, is typically regarded as heretical, irrelevant, or misguided. Yet if we fail to see the decline of the state and to recognize the underlying realities, the prospect… more

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  • Leaving the Comfort Zone

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    Richard Atleo, in his book Tsawalk, writes about civilizations completing phases of growth, and likens the resistance to change or transformation to the reluctance of individuals to leave the comfort zones of womb, home, and immediate family as they mature and encounter institutions and ideas outside their infantile experience. He specifically denotes the exhausted model… more

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  • The Certainty of Tyranny

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    Taoiseach Cowen says Ireland faces uncertainty due to its rejection of corporate colonialism; earlier in the week, Ireland’s prime minister remarked that he couldn’t get his mind around this mentality. What an odd statement from the leader of Britain’s first and longest held colony — a country of fiercely independent people. Still, I believe Cowen… more

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