Beautiful Children

Fourth World Eye Blog

Artby – Jay Taber

Ungoverned or Ungovernable


In the 2007 RAND publication Ungoverned Territories: A Unique Front in the War on Terrorism, RAND scholars note, “Since the end of the Cold War, failed or failing states and ungoverned territories within otherwise viable states have become a more common phenomenon. These territories generate all manner of security problems, such as civil conflict and [&hellip... more →

Lost Souls


In the movie Dead Man, the wandering, poetic Native American (Gary Farmer) encountered by William Blake (Johnny Depp) responds to Blake’s question ‘Who are you?’ by answering, “I am nobody.” Removed from his indigenous culture and schooled in English literature, Nobody roams 19th century Western America through a maze of traumatized tribes and individuals negotiating [&hellip... more →

Blueprint for Community


When Edward F. Edinger claimed Western society no longer has a viable, functioning myth, he wasn’t claiming we no longer have a mythology, only that the values and identity expressed in our myth no longer give us meaning and purpose—no blueprint for community. Set adrift by the exposure of these heroic, noble, and progressive notions [&hellip... more →

Tall Tales


My northwest tribe was salmon people. The Great Silver Argatmor — who leaps from the underworld as Goll the mythical salmon, metamorphosed from the red horizon of the sun that sinks off Connacht and Donegal — is emblazoned on my family flag. For thousands of years they have celebrated the late winter returns to Lough [&hellip... more →

Sailing the Arctic


In this map of the Arctic Ocean and the lands surrounding it, Le Monde diplomatique locates energy and mining resources within territories of the Arctic Council, whose participants include Inuit, Athabaskan, Gwich’in, Aleut, Saami, and Russian Indigenous Peoples of the North. Also delineated are sea routes which will come into permanent use within 10-15 years [&hellip... more →

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