This is ostensibly an essay about the microlending website Kiva.org and the interest rates charged to struggling borrowers by its financial field partners. It is actually my attempt at an introduction to Marxian economics and materialist feminism.
An anecdotal introduction to the continuum-forming typology of begging as a dialectical model for understanding the structure of late capitalist economy.
I wasted an entire month reading about and writing down some thoughts on the first forty days of President Trump's reign. "The king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion."
A hyperlinked transcription of James Huneker's "Ideas of Max Stirner" as it was published in the New York Times on April 20, 1907. Includes some introductory notes and my thoughts on Huneker's use of the term "Socialism".
On the difference between democratic socialism and social democracy, the future of capitalism, and the socialist response to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
An overly simplified theory of the relationship between slavery, Mormon cooperatives, and capitalism with application to some interesting events in American history.
My commentary on an aspect of the unrest in Ferguson from what I consider to be a Christian perspective. I examine two reactions to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and identify the liberal myths they reveal. I also make some theoretical speculations about the purpose of both the establishment calls for 'peaceful protest' and the practice of murderous policing. I conclude with a brief look at the benefits of looting.
A look at Utah's fight over Amendment 3 including its parallels to Loving v. Virginia and the Mormon Church's unenviable position as it once again finds itself clinging to an antiquated notion of marriage.
When police kill the homeless, they often do so with impunity. I've tagged this entry as a 'feature' due to the magnitude of its length more so than of its quality, but it does probe an important issue at the nexus of my libertarian and anti-capitalist motivations. It is my first (and rough) attempt at applying some ideas from the first volume of Agamben's Homer Sacer to the criminalization of homelessness (following Feldman's lead).
Remembering Saint Max on this All Saints' Day: A spooky explanation of why I don't vote from an individualist's perspective.
After I posted three links to a video of a Dateline episode featuring a small Arizona religious group, two of the three hosts received DMCA take-down notices from the group's lawyer and took down the video. So I pulled out my stenotype keyboard and made this quick transcript of the 40-minute program. Corrections welcome.
I hate how people try to appeal to Jesus to support their own ideas of who should or should not be candidates for marriage. Jesus' teachings do not so easily lend themselves to those who would rule over their neighbors.
Where I present my prophet complex theory of Joseph Smith's epistemology and criticize the methods of LDS missionaries on the same basis.
A friend organized a project to crochet hats for the homeless (or other cold people) this winter. She gave us a simple hat pattern to learn and these notes are my attempt to make sense of it and explain to other beginning crocheters, including a schematic diagram.
On my arrest at the Occupy Denver encampment, trial, conviction, and ongoing fight against the criminalization of homelessness.
I spent five months, over two summers, hiking the Appalachian Trail, walking over a total of over 2,000 miles between Georgia and Maine. I hiked the entire distance in two pairs of Crocs (shoes). This page includes the trail reports I periodically made via email, an annotated interactive map, and other info.