Tag Archive: apocalypse

Forget Orwell: Fight Club is the Novel to Make Sense of Life Under Trump

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By Joseph Orosco (February 7, 2017)   Sales of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four are booming across the country and websites are publishing lists of dystopian literature that might help to make sense of life under the Trump administration. Eliana Johnson and Eli Stokols have provided us with what might be called the Bannon syllabus–a guide to the works that seem…
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These Shock and Coup Pieces are Demobilizing

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By Adam Hefty (January 31, 2017) The problem with these medium.com shock pieces is that they’re demobilizing. It’s hard to tell how much of Trump’s first week is strategy and how much of it is incompetence. But we know that one thing that has slowed previous Republican over-reaches (Contract with America, government shutdowns, etc.) is protest and outrage, and this week has…
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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Children of Men

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By Joseph Orosco (January 27, 2017) This academic term, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures teamed up with the Allied Studies for Another Politics! and the Spring Creek Project to host a film and discussion series called “Finding Hope in Dystopia”.  The idea behind the series was to create a space for discussion about how to find hope for transformative…
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A painful, radical truth: we are the problem

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  By S. Brian Willson (September 21, 2016) As much as we choose to blame politicians, corporations, the military industrial complex, capitalist economics, etc., for causing our severe problems, in the end, virtually all of us moderns are complicit. None of these institutions have been created in a vacuum. They are creations of human beings like ourselves, and most “First…
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Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe

Lara and Paul Messersmith-Glavin discuss the lessons from a recent grassroots organizing effort in North Portland that canvased a neighborhood to determine people’s understanding of their own power to do something about climate change.

Anarchism and the Walking Dead

  By Joseph Orosco (October 9, 2015) Fear the Walking Dead just finished its first highly rated season on the AMC cable network. FWD is a spin-off from the wildly successful series The Walking Dead which will soon begin its sixth season. Set in the same zombie apocalypse universe as TWD, FWD takes place in Los Angeles (instead of Georgia…
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The New Normal

  By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (August 23, 2015) Waking up this morning, I read in the paper about hundreds of thousands more dead fish in Oregon rivers cause the water’s too damn warm and of widespread bug infestations in California due to drought and high temperatures, only to look out the front window at the leaves falling from the trees like…
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Resilient Neighborhoods

  By Vernon Huffman The best hope for long term human survival appears to lie in the development of resilient communities. By applying local resources at a sustainable rate to meet genuine local needs, resilient neighborhoods fit into the natural order, rather than attempting continuous growth based on exploitation.

On the Relevance of Orwell’s ‘1984’

By Joseph Orosco In the Spring term of 2014, I offered a course titled, “Nineteen Eighty Four and Social Justice.”  This timing put the class at three decades after the year 1984; the class itself took place during the months of April, May, and June — approximately the season of the events of the novel. (Click the title to read…
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Anarchism and the Occupy Movement

On February 24th, Nathan Schneider – author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, will discuss the origins and development of Occupy Wall Street, a social movement that remains as significant as it is misunderstood. He will explore the movement’s strategy and spirit, including its little-recognized religious dimensions, both explicit and implicit. Schneider has written about religion and…
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Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet

Humans will be living differently in the very near future, perhaps occasioned by catastrophes brought on by forces of greed and climatic disintegration. But it’s also conceivable that we will choose, by acts of imagination and collective will, to create new narratives of how to inhabit the planet.  This will require a radical re-imagining of who we are in relation…
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