In any case, we'd be much better served if people gave up the notion of trying to survive a catastrophe as an isolated individual or family. No one is an island. If you’re going to survive a disaster, you’re going to need to cooperate with others, and it’s hard to do that from inside a bunker with an assault weapon pointed in their face.
I don’t know where to begin with this, but let’s start with it being wrong in its factual premise. As Rebecca Solnit documents in A Paradise Built in Hell, the historical experience of communities affected by disaster has shown that survivors form spontaneous support networks, rather than descending into the war of all against all that people like Graham say they fear.
Excellent birdsite thread from Jeet Heer. And (though I'm not a Mayor Pete supporter) the insight that "any really robust democracy will trend towards social democracy" seems to be the rationale for Buttigieg's presidential campaign, where structural reform of American democracy is taken as the necessary precondition for enacting a more progressive policy agenda.
“The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Like most gods, it does what it will, and cannot be questioned.”
“Capitalism is Killing the Small Church”
This explanation rings true to me, if only because it also works to explain similar declines in secular organizations that also rely on volunteer labor. The options the article lays out amount to (1) admit defeat and join the capitalists, professionalizing and commodifying our ministry; or (2) fight for our survival by joining the socialist struggle.
So, correct me if i'm wrong, but i was under the impression that social networking sites were relatively easy to shard, making it possible to run one without every load hitting a global database and without using magic google technology for anything other than analytics.
Indiana Jones’s application for tenure is denied.
Sign of the times: “A giant heat dome over Alaska is set to threaten all-time temperature records”