Weekly Update: June 5

We’re having a shockingly hot weekend in Oregon, to be followed by a much more normal week, with this great schedule of writing and podcast to enjoy along with the cooler temperatures:

  • From Rhyd Wildermuth, the short but powerful “Brighid in the Dumpster, Brân in the Bad Heroin.”
  • “Poverty, Worth and the Hovering Ghost of Calvin,” from Alley Valkyrie.
  • A review from Sable Aradia of the book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.
  • Yvonne Aburrow writes about metapolitics and religion in “With our thoughts we make the world.”
  • James Lindenschmidt brings us another podcast, “The Deeper Magic Of The Commons.”
  • And wrapping things up, an essay about petrochemicals from one of our newest writers, Gersande.

Additional Recommended Reading

At this link you can find a series of essays about one activist’s experience recognizing and starting to understand, and recover from, burnout.

More history for you: The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves “…everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.” —Arthur Young; 1771

This one’s been making the social media rounds, but in case you missed it, Your Latte Isn’t Why You’re in Debt, and the People Who Say It Is Are Lying to You is worth a read, as it goes into just how the financial “advice” about how those few dollars a day was generated in the first place (spoiler: it involves really sketchy math).

Here is something lovely, for yourself and birds and invertebrates (and probably certain of the Neighbors, too), if you have outside space you can work with: How to Grow a Meadow.

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