Monthly Archives: September 2015

Once the wild is gone

The reach of the global economy, and its commodity chains, is not limited by border or distance: there are no blank spaces on the map, no territories beyond the reach of human production or consumption. This year, a paper in … Continue reading

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Religion

The Turks [i.e., the Muslims] have organized this very effectively. Believing as they do that it is wicked even to argue about religion, they fill the minds of every individual with so many prejudices that they leave no room for … Continue reading

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Reflections on life

https://askleo.com/reflections-on-life/?awt_l=Iy69g&awt_m=K1EqM7n8mJdfbL That’s what I hope Ask Leo! is about. That’s what I hope parts of my career have been about, and that’s what I hope to continue for as long as I’m allowed to do so. What was driven home … Continue reading

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Climate Change and The Common Good

A Statement Of The Problem And The Demand For Transformative Solutions April 2015 The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences DECLARATION Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies … Continue reading

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The long slow decline

Progressives toy with the word “sustainability” but most others seem to be bound by the maxim “If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.” Question: Has there ever been a civilization which acquired “sustainability” for an extended period — or has every … Continue reading

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What really matters at the end of life

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful … Continue reading

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Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement

Analysis When France, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Schengen Agreement in 1985, they envisioned a system in which people and goods could move from one country to another without barriers. This vision was largely realized: Since its … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Normal

The tremors rattling markets are not exactly what they seem to be. A meme prevails that these movements represent a kind of financial peristalsis — regular wavelike workings of eternal progress toward an epic more of everything, especially profits! You … Continue reading

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