Eric Imhof

Eric Imhof


Protests on July 13th, 2013, in Texas against anti-choice legislation. Photo By: Eric Imhof

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Notes on the State of Virginia, adding, “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

I always find it disparaging to hear about people begging for jobs, high-paying or otherwise. There’s something deflating about realizing how alienated we’ve all become from the material world—enough so that we equate working under someone else’s direction for someone else’s ultimate profit with real livelihood, wealth, or liberty. Texas, after-all, is still creating jobs, as Rick Perry touted ad-nauseam before his debate stumble and recent slide in the polls.

Fortuitously, two pieces of reading material arrived in the mail room of my apartment complex this past week: one, a free copy of Smithsonian magazine that was left by some generous subscriber on the table designated for items donated to any passer-by; two, a book called Fear of the Animal Planet, which arrived after only a few days’ wait. (I purchased the book online after reading a piece by its author, Jason Hribal on Counterpunch. Thank you, Sarah, for sending me the article.)

For someone who has made a name for himself by criticizing the media’s role (or lack thereof) in political affairs, Jon Stewart could be provided no better moment to highlight the complicity of every mainstream news company with the corporate-military elite than the reported death of Osama bin Laden.

Michael C. Spencer, Chairman of the French Department at the University of Queensland, Australia, once wrote about Charles Fourier that “the autodidact had ideas on everything; the major difficulty facing even the most casual reader is whether or when to take them seriously.” The same could easily be said about H.L.

Source: Doyle, James William Edmund (1864). “Henry V”, A Chronicle of England: B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485, p. 373, London, United Kingdom: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green

While running the risk of cliché, I’ll begin, as I was taught by so many of my creative writing teachers, with an elaborated definition. If one looks up the noun “husband,” she may or may not be, depending on her upbringing, social worldview, or religious conviction, shocked to learn that the etymology of our current term is the Old English “hūsbonda,” meaning “master of a house,” from the combination of the Old Norse words “hūs,” (house) and “bōndi” (householder).

As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial - Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan

Jensen, Derrick and McMillan, Stephanie, As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial. Seven Stories Press; illustrated edition (November 19, 2007), Pp. xi + 224. ISBN-10 1583227776;

Reviewed by Eric Imhof


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