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Posts published by “Ted Dace”

What Would Cockburn Say?

Never have I missed the insight and guidance of Alexander Cockburn as much as I do now. What would he make of the big mess…

A Tale of Two Viruses

The lesson of COVID-19 is that nature demands respect. If we continue trying to dominate and commodify nature, we will pay dearly. “Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled…

The Fall

Eden, the original field of human thought, contains two fruit-bearing trees. One brings life and the other brings death. One fruit is digested and the other gets caught in the throat.

Breaking Glass

“I hope you’re writing some of this down,” she said, gathering her books and hopefully her wits before I swept her off to class. On…

Entropy & Empire

Historically the response to the crisis of overdevelopment is more development. This is why so many civilizations undergo their most intensive building activities in the final years before collapse.


In 1950 the journal Mind featured a curious proposal for determining if a computer could think. Submitted by code-breaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing, the…

A Dream Called Hell

You know you’re in trouble when the clouds turn green and start spinning on a vortex. You really should’ve gotten out of there by now.…

The Mother of Invention

“I don’t know if we’re more religious today,” says Ken Bingman, who has taught biology in Kansas City public schools for 42 years, “but I…

The Enemy of Nature

“Never has a holocaust been carried out so impersonally.”

In his 2000 presidential campaign, Joel Kovel ran to the left of Ralph Nader. Just as Nader’s campaign was purely symbolic in the context of money-driven politics, Kovel could barely manage a whisper against the roaring backdrop of Green Party enthusiasm for Public Citizen #1.

Narcissism as Politics

Not far from Stafford there’s a thousand-year-old tree, once slated for destruction, that will now live on for centuries. Except for a pitifully small “buffer…