Author: March Twisdale

Jane Elliott Interview – PPP063

Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you. . . you are in for a rude awakening. In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their...

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Walter Benn Michaels Interview – PPP062

Walter Benn Michaels is a professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He taught previously at Berkeley and at the Johns Hopkins University. He’s the author of several scholarly books on American literature and photography but has also written about politics in places like The New York Times, the Nation and le Monde. His book on politics, THE TROUBLE WITH DIVERSITY, is misunderstood by many and loved by some — not too many people fall somewhere in between. During this interview, Walter sheds light on the subtle aspects often missed in the “discussion of racism in America,”...

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Sarah van Gelder Interview – PPP061

Sarah van Gelder is founder of the new nonprofit, PeoplesHub, an online movement school that connects people in communities across the country with training and coaching resources needed to make a revolution where they live. Sarah is also the founding editor of YES! Magazine and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.  She specializing in identifying leading-edge solutions to our major ecological and human challenges, including cooperative economics, the local food movement, alternatives to incarceration, climate change solutions, neighborhood power, and personal resilience. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:51 —...

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Mark Blaxill Interview – PPP060

Mark Blaxill watched his daughter Michaela develop normally until shortly after her first birthday, when she was diagnosed with autism, in 1988. In the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, you may remember that he shared: “Somewhere in the months after [MMR vaccine], she began to slip away. She lost language, and she began to retreat into a world of her own. She was going to be disabled for the rest of her life.” Blaxill has authored peer-reviewed articles on time trends in autism and founded advocacy groups to spur action. In addition to parenting and pursuing his career, he has also been...

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Evil Antagonists Always Have A Story – What is Trump’s?

Life IS story. My story. Your story. That person’s story. A culture’s story. A country’s story. “His”story. “Her”story. It’s all just…story. So, when a person confounds me, I always ask myself, “What is his or her story?” Consider the person who I have generally chosen to not mention by name, since January 2017: Donald Trump. He also has a story, and today I will speak of him, but first…let me tell you why. This morning, I was listening to YouTube videos about character development while making breakfast. I had managed to carve out two hours for working on my novel,...

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How “The Greater Good” Can Make Things Worse

Common sense ideas are often simply “convenient for me, makes my life better, no I’m not thinking about unintended consequences” ideas that directly harm people other than ourselves.   When a member of a minority acts in this way, we judge and punish them. When a member of the majority acts in this way, we can get tripped up by the whole “greater good” concept. After all, if hurting a few people will make life better for a lot of people, then don’t the numbers alone condone or justify the harm done?   Unless a person has thought carefully...

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How to Pay Your Mortgage & Save the World (at the same time)

My friend, mentioned below, has been trying to motivate our island community to “transition” from a crumbling infrastructure to a sustainable one for at least a decade. Along the way, as you’ll learn, he found himself face to face with the ultimate question: “Can I make a decent living and feel good about myself, and my impact on the world and my community, at the same time?” If you struggle with this question, I believe Cliff’s answer will inspire and reassure you that, “Yes, you can.” This article was also published in our island’s printed paper, The Loop. ————————————————————————— Now-a-days,...

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The College Presumption Series: #1 – What’s your bias?

In America, the topic of college education is a hot one. On the one hand, we are crippling our young adults with toxic debt. Bernie Sanders, and many others, are on the forefront of addressing this problem, and this is good. Very good. Young adults who want to pursue a life that focuses on the types of skills taught in academia should be able to do this – without having to promise their first born, or the economic equivalent of their first home, in the process. In fact, we should do even more. Rather than simply paying for our...

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Dmitry Orlov Interview PPP059

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the US in the mid-1970s. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising. Starting in 2005, Dmitry has published hundreds of articles, two books and five books of essays. He has given numerous talks and interviews, and delivered keynote addresses at many conferences. His work has been translated into many languages. A decade ago Dmitry made a dramatic change in lifestyle, trading dependency and financial security for resilience,...

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From Russia, With Love (Guest Blog Post)

As the producer & host of Prose, Poetry & Purpose, I interview people who seek to inspire positive social change around the world – specifically through writing. To do this, there is one other condition I adhere to without fail. Global Viewpoint. My guests come from a dizzying & growing array of time zones, cultures, philosophical backgrounds, political environments, and language. The potential power of this show comes from the kaleidoscope of viewpoints it offers, as my upcoming guest proves so eloquently. This week’s guest author is Dmitry Orlov, and here is his Guest Blog Post. ——————————————————————— American Meddling...

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