Posted on Jan 15, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: I Stood On Line At A Food Bank For The First Time. Why Should I Feel Humiliated?

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This past Saturday, my wife Deb and I drove out to the Giant supermarket in Groveton, a neighborhood in the southeastern part of my hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. We were not going to go food shopping. We were going to stand on line at a food bank for federal workers who are not being paid during Trump’s stupid shutdown. It was humiliating and it shouldn’t have been. Let’s rewind...

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: The Trump Shutdown Confirms The Tragedy Of The Commons

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Donald Trump is a buffoon but he is incredibly useful for one thing so far: Exposing the worthlessness of right wing economic ideology. He’s done such a good job at it that Republicans are going to spend decades rebuilding their facade that tax cuts for billionaires are great for the working class and the GOP actually cares about the average American. But the most recent example of Trump blowing...

Posted on Nov 17, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Autism Still Sucks

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If you search my name and the word “ableist” online, you will find a very angry blog post from 5 years ago about what a terrible person I am for picking on autistic people. Back in 2013, I saw a segment of some show or another about awesome autism is. During this segment, whoever was in charge thought it would be nice to showcase the amazingness of high functioning...

Posted on Jul 31, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Embracing The Shadow

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Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung According to Jungian philosophy, there is a collective unconscious that all humans can tap in to. It is innate, gifted to us at birth, and...