Justice: We in the US (at least) need a new social contract, one based on Justice. Even aiming for Justice with all its interpretations would likely yield better results than our current, never-discussed, social contract.

The Pandora Technique

What else can one call throwing even attempts at honesty or truth out the window, risking untold chaos and suffering? It is, however, a technique a messianic, egomaniacal demagogue would use.

Yeah, Congress

Building in the Desert -- in progress

Building in the Desert -- in progress

Yeah, Congress, hold other countries' governments accountable for terrorism. Now add "state-sponsored terrorism," and watch our walls come tumbling down.


If anyone (including anyone already exhausted by permanent war) wants to know why people on what used to be known as the left and the right are angry about what feels like, and actually is, the loss of any decent social contract between the people and the state in our "representative democracy," see Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," Perspectives on Politics (Fall 2014).


RESPECT is key. If we could all manage to respect, truly respect, each other, all human beings, and all of the rest of nature, this world would be a much more peaceful, healthy planet on which to live, and many if not most laws would not be needed. But, sadly, I don't know if there is any way to engender that respect

On the Easel

This self-portrait I'm working on includes me (cat), life (horse), rapid change, insecurity, never-ending militarism, words' loss of meaning, greed that imagines luxury will prevent death, and earth abuse.