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Reclaiming Hope in Frightening Times

In light of witnessing this latest phase in governmental breakdown in the US, I reflect upon a sudden and frightening realization I had while working in the US Senate about a decade ago.  It was this: the US government will never be reformed enough to address our most pressing social and ecological problems. Reform is…

Comparing Concepts of Freedom. (Part III): Freedom in Anarchist Thought

If you haven’t read part I and part II first, please do so before continuing. Freedom in Anarchist Thought So far I have outlined the stark differences between the Western neoclassical/libertarian understanding of liberty and the Indigenous egalitarian one. However, there is another vein of Western philosophy which has much more in common with that…

Comparing Concepts of Freedom. (Part II): Three Binaries of Freedom

Haven’t read part I yet? Read it here first. Note: sources are referenced at the bottom of part III. Three binaries of freedom. Indigenous and Euro-American conceptions of freedom can be further compared using three sets of binaries: positive versus negative; formal (abstract) versus substantive (practical); and possessive individualist versus communitarian individualist. Positive versus negative…

Comparing Concepts of Freedom. (Part I): Historical Origins of Euro-American and Indigenous North American Philosophies of Freedom

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has put our modern notions of liberty and freedom to the ultimate test. In political debate on pandemic public health measures, nearly all sides express concern for freedom, yet each articulates their concern very differently. In order to understand and compare these different interpretations of freedom, especially between the political right…

Queering Ancestral Connection for Decolonial Healing

This article was originally published in Airmid’s Almanac, Samhain 2021 issue. Many of us who engage in the work of reconnecting to Irish ancestral traditions find ourselves at the intersection of multiple contested identities. For myself as a queer settler living on the stolen lands of the Abenaki people here in so-called Vermont (U.S.), I…

Decolonizing Environmentalism

My masters program in philosophy has been a mixed experience so far. Several of my classes are radical and challenging to modernity, scientific materialism, and Western colonialism, and these have been quite enjoyable. Yet one of my classes, the one that is the introduction to my program, was disappointing, but in a very educational way.…

Magic Kills Industry

What does it mean to align our magical practice against oligarchy, against empire, to dismantle the patriarchy and the capitalist-colonial machine? How did our ancestors utilize their animistic understandings of the world in defiance of the capitalist project to objectify and desacralize Nature?  I find this quote from Silvia Federici inspiring: “Eradicating [magical] practices was…

Beyond the Modern, Towards the Alchemical

The other day I had an energetic conversation with an fellow radical. Sitting together on a bench in the tepid April sunshine, our discussion centered around education. My comrade educates young adults to awaken to the waters they swim in; that is, she helps them become aware of the unacknowledged belief systems they are socialized…

Welcome to my new blog.

Here is where I will post my thoughts about various topics including herbalism, politics, philosophy, ecology and environment, mythology, archetypal cosmology, and more.