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Empathy, Enmity, and the Future of Civilization

[The alternate post title that I really wanted to use: "My brief reign as one of the world's leading intellectuals"] It smelled a little off from the beginning, I’ll admit. But, as I say, I’m not immune to flattery. So … Continue reading

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Can we transcend consumerism?

I’ve somehow got on a lot of email lists that I attribute to the Natural Patriot. Greenpeace sends me press releases with a lot of implied exclamation points, as do various purveyors of allegedly green consumer goods. I get excited … Continue reading

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Got dirt?

[Editor's note: This just in -- and in time for Earth Day (barely). I reprint below an extract from the new, second edition of Richard Louv's classic and inspirational book, Last Child in the Woods.  The new edition is expanded … Continue reading

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Can we afford to save the world?

The environmental problems the world faces are daunting.  One often hears that the economic costs involved in resource conservation, reforestation, transition to a new energy regime, and so forth are so high that solving them is simply too expensive. But this … Continue reading

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The Nature of Patriotism

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in troubled times.  Everyone seems to agree on that, even if opinions differ widely on the source of the troubles.  Terrorism, extremist ideologies, a looming energy crisis, environmental degradation, the likes of Paris Hilton running … Continue reading

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