Kabir Helminski on Sufism & Our Hearts

. Kabir Helminski is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order of Sufis, which traces its inspiration to Jelaluddin Rumi. He now focuses on Sufi music, writing, teaching, and developing a program of spiritual education with an international team of scholars. You can tell the quality of someone’s heart by voice & presence sometimes. You can definitely…

Why Are the Poor Patriotic? by David Swanson

We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other…

A New Understanding of the Teenage Brain

Neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explores the new scientific understanding of the teenage brain – as complex biological changes affecting how we perceive risk-taking, socialization and our own identities unfold, we lay the foundations for who we are and who we’ll become later in life. Sarah-Jayne is author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage…

Remembering Malcolm X’s Message to the Grassroots

This speech is as relevant today as it was when Malcolm X delivered it on November 10, 1963, at the Northern Negro Grass Roots Leadership Conference. 55 years since Malcolm gave this speech, America is now headed by an unabashed white nationalist & settler revanchist. It’s not looking good, yet sadly, Malcolm’s description that the…

Twelve Tips For Making Sense Of The World by Caitlin Johnstone

In an environment that is saturated with mass media propaganda, it can be hard to figure out which way’s up, let alone get an accurate read on what’s going on in the world. Here are a few tips I’ve learned which have given me a lot of clarity in seeing through the haze of spin…

The First Thing They Steal Is Courage by Rivera Sun

    When the forces of destruction, hate, bigotry, greed, and violence rise into power, there are three things they steal before they plunder the treasury. Stopping them is where the struggle for life begins.

Michael Eric Dyson: Donald Trump is “what black people have warned America about”

  Chauncey DeVega & Michael Eric Dyson     There is a lack of moral leadership in America. The country is like a wheel: racism, consumerism, celebrity-worship, violence at home and abroad, sexism, misogyny, anti-intellectualism, and extreme wealth and income inequality are like the spokes radiating outward from the moral vacuum at its center.

Chaos in the Imperial Big House by Glen Ford

Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse and ignorance than any conceivable “progressive” elected U.S. president could achieve on purpose. In the space of a few weeks, Trump has 1) threatened to disrupt corporate global supply…

One Nation, Overdosed

  This is an uncompromising and multi-faceted look at an epidemic that continues to claim tens of thousands of lives on a yearly basis.   

The Chomsky Challenge for Americans by Paul Street

It’s no wonder that most Americans are clueless about why “their” country is feared and hated the world over. It remains unthinkable to this day, for example, that any respectable “mainstream” U.S. media outlet would tell the truth about why the United States atom-bombed the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As Gar Alperovitz and other historians have shown,…

George Carlin: You Have NO Choice

  George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. This quote is taken from his last stand up routine, “Life Is Worth Losing” (2005). To get the After Skool Graphic Novel visit their site- https://www.afterskool.net/  

The Creativity Delusion: There is no Genius

  This very interestng video essay highlights our misconceptions about creativity. These misconceptions have led to many absurdities to include the notion that whites are creatively superior to other human populations.

Musings

    In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It is…

Psychologist Warns Trump’s Mental State is Rapidly Deteriorating — and He May Be ‘on the boundary of psychosis and reality’

Based on Donald Trump’s public behavior, some of America and the world’s leading psychologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians have concluded that the president of the United States is mentally unwell. Trump appears, in their opinion, to suffer from malignant narcissism. He is also a compulsive liar who lacks empathy for his fellow human beings and shows…

Henry Giroux: “American Nightmare – Facing the Challenge of Fascism”

/     In this searing critique of the Trump presidency and the rise of authoritarianism in the U.S., Henry Giroux asks, How have we arrived here, and what can be done? In a discussion of events that ranges from the Administration’s ongoing attempts to repeal Obamacare and its anti-immigration policies and travel bans, to…

The American Way of War: Evolution Stops Here by Robert Koehler

America does what it wants. This is obvious, except it’s also monstrously unnerving. Let’s at least add some quote marks: “America” does what it wants — this secretly defined, self-obsessed, unelected entity that purports to be the United States of America, all 325 million of us, but is, in fact, a narrowly focused amalgam of…

The Second Sight of W.E.B. DuBois by Chris Hedges

W.E.B. Du Bois, more than any intellectual this nation produced in the first half of the 20th century, explained America to itself. He did this not only through what he called the “color line” but by exposing the intertwining of empire, capitalism and white supremacy. He deftly fused academic disciplines. He possessed unwavering integrity, a…

Cornel West: The Difference Between Justice and Revenge

Institutions—governmental, religious, financial, even revolution itself—have a way of turning stale and sour. “Thank God for the history of the heretics and the blasphemers. That’s my crowd,” says Dr. Cornell West. Quoting from some of history and literature’s greatest thinkers and doers, West presents a poetic lecture on the role of hope in America’s past…

Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence by Maria Popova

“I must learn to keep silent,” young André Gide resolved in his journal. But what kind of silence did he mean, exactly? In the 1972 masterwork Speaking and Language (public library), which became his last published work, the great twentieth-century novelist, poet, playwright, and psychotherapist Paul Goodman(September 9, 1911–August 2, 1972) — dubbed “the most influential man you’ve never heard of” —…

Poet’s Nook: “Screaming Soul” by Najam Akthar

I’m a man chained by time Why am I judged all the time My world is bizarre My mind is gone mad Tired and dying I beg forgiveness I tear my heart to you I tell you what I feel I can feel but I can’t express So I m seen as ‘cold n feelingless’…

Colonizing the Western Mind by Jason Hirthler

In Christopher Nolan’s captivating and visually dazzling film Inception, a practitioner of psychic corporate espionage must plant and idea inside a CEO’s head. The process is called inception, and it represents the frontier of corporate influence, in which mind spies no longer just “extract” ideas from the dreams of others, but seed useful ideas in…

UN: “US inequality reaching a dangerous level due to Trump’s ‘cruel’ measures”

Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned. Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the…

The United States Is a Force for Chaos Across the Planet by Mark Karlin

  The United States is “incapable of producing any results other than destruction and further fragmentation across staggeringly large parts of the planet,” argues Tom Engelhardt, author of A Nation Unmade by War. Since 1991, the US has been engaged in a misguided and destructive exercise of triumphalism. In this interview, Engelhardt discusses why the US…

Everything is Connected

  Tom Chi  is an inventor (he most recently served as head of product experience at Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google’s self-driving cars). coach & speaker and  .has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and…