Uncivil Agreement | Reflections & Notes

December 10, 2019


Lilliana Mason. Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity. University of Chicago Press, 2018. (183 pages) REFLECTIONS Allow me to sum up the most important takeaways if we are going to have a civil society: Do not identify with a party. Group identity theory is a powerful force in our psychology that exacerbates irrationality. Choose […]

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

November 27, 2019


Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was one of the first books that challenged my early mythological assumptions about Christianity. The Platonic […]

Posted in: Bible, Religion

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate | Transcript, Highlights, and Reflections

November 26, 2019


  TRANSCRIPT & HIGHLIGHTS Thank you, Jonathan, for your very kind words. Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not referring to the names of Stephen Miller’s Labradoodles. Now, I realize that some of you […]

Eaarth | Reflections & Notes

November 24, 2019


Bill McKibben. eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010. (261 pages) REFLECTIONS On page 81, McKibben writes, Global warming, though, is a negotiation between human beings on the one hand and physics and chemistry on the other. Which is a tough negotiation, because physics and chemistry don’t compromise. I’ve had […]

Posted in: Climate

Program Or Be Programmed | Reflections & Notes

November 16, 2019


Douglas Rushkoff. Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age. Soft Skull Press, 2010, 2011. (155 pages) The GeekDadInterview With Douglas Rushkoff, Jason Cranforoteague [Wired] REFLECTIONS In response to the title of this book, I quip, “too late.” The force of digital media, and specifically the ubiquity of platforms that are unfortunately named “social,” […]

Nothing Sacred | Reflections & Notes

November 13, 2019


Douglas Rushkoff. Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism. Crown Publishers, 2003. (265 pages) REFLECTIONS Douglas Rushkoff is one of my favorite thinkers, writers, philosophers, commentators, and prophets. I’ve been using his content for over two decades in my work to help us peel back the illusions by which we all live, and expose the deeper truths […]

Posted in: Religion

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

October 28, 2019


How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God, Brenden O’Connor [Splinter], August 8, 2017 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. Specifically, the 30-million-member group, which represents 51 Christian denominations, was debating how to […]