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Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen | The role of diversity in the natural world

Derrick Jensen is the author of twenty-one books, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. Often called the philosopher-poet of the environmental movement, he was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” In 2008 he led Press Action’s “Dynamic Dozen” and in 2006 he was the Press Action “Person of the Year.” But Jensen wasn’t always an environmental activist. […]

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Bruce E. Johansen | Forgotten Founders

The following is excerpted from a free online book, The Forgotten Founders, written by Bruce E. Johansen and made available to the public to help correct the insult to Native Americans–and the disservice done to the rest of us–by ignoring their contributions to the government established by the United States’ founding fathers. WHEN THE IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY was formed, no Europeans were present with clocks and a system for telling time before […]

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Ross Gay

Ross Gay | Some thoughts on mercy

I WAS IN my garden, walking aimlessly with sickle in hand, taking swipes at the plantain that had erupted into tiny flower heads or at the blowzy red clover growing in tall thickets and slurped at by bumblebees. I walked with absolute freedom, barefoot behind the house I own, in the garden I had built with a joyful toil unlike any other I’d experienced: nibbling the blueberries and what were […]

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Raul Ramos y Sanchez | A Return to Cuba Thaws Cold War Fears

AT THE HEART of almost every Cuban-American family is a tragedy. Most of us were torn apart from loved ones by the passions of ideology. In some cases, this included fear of reprisals and imprisonment. Many also lost personal property. Wounds like these do not heal easily. So my first visit to Cuba after 52 years in exile began with heavy apprehensions. From the airliner’s window, my first glimpse of […]

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