Posts by Alex Blanes

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Responding to Trump (and Bannon)

In response to this article by Grant Stern in the Huffington Post. Originally posted on Facebook.


Read this, and understand. Bannon is a master storyteller and a shrewd political economist. Trump is a distraction.

Bannon claims he wishes to effect several interesting, even pseudo-progressive policies. However like his inspiration Darth Vader, his methods are dangerous, divisive, and despite (very arguably) good intentions, serve merely to centralize power.

It should be clear to you now that the State — as typified and normalized by the neoliberal economic order that would have survived had Clinton won the election — is in need of

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Solarpunk, meet Lunapunk

Solarpunk, meet Lunapunk

I recently introduced the concept of solarpunk to a colleague of mine at Schumacher College, and his interest was immediately piqued. I knew he was a fan of steampunk, and I illustrated the differences between the two by making reference to steampunk’s primarily nostalgic, mechanical aesthetic/ethos, contrasted with solarpunk’s primarily optimistic, organic aesthetic/ethos.

Previously, I had suggested in my research that:

… whereas steampunk asks, "hey, what if the Industrial Revolution never happened, thereby not disrupting Victorian society / culture in the midst of Enlightenment-era ideological politics", solarpunk asks "hey, what if a whole bunch of today's post-industrial

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The Adept

The Adept

A work in progress.

Dawn arrived with the hesitant kiss of rain.

The storm had passed but an hour ago, leaving in its wake the bedraggled and weary crew of the Lady Rhia. Rudder affixed, and crew abed, a lone deckhand remained awake on watch in the early unlit morning. The boy shivered in place just aft of the bowsprit, barely covered by a tattered quilt. He blinked uncertainly at the wall of fog ahead, and yawned.

“I should wake the skipper,” he mumbled drowsily. “Shouldn’t be long now.” Slipping in and out of sleep, he barely noticed

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Doing Goethean Science

For the past two days, students of the 2015/2016 Masters in Holistic Science course at Schumacher College have been studying phenomenology, particularly as understood and developed by German polymath, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, for the purposes of scientific inquiry. Our study has been supported by an introduction to praxis—each student has been tasked with an apprenticeship to the secret life of a particular plant.

We have been aided in this vast effort by Nature Institute director Craig Holdrege, a veritable expert of Goethean science and a Steiner educator with over two decades of experience, who has been

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All Roads Lead To Schumacher — Update 2

All Roads Lead To Schumacher — Update 2

My fists are clenched. I unclench them. My legs are crooked; I straighten them. I sit up a bit straighter in my green chair, and lightly tap my fingers along the wide wooden desk.


Briefly, I glance out the window at the oak leaves fluttering just outside. A pair of simple white earbuds are in each ear, and I’m listening to the newest collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, two of my favourite musicians. Classical music. Kindof.

What an incredible week it has been. I arrived at Schumacher six days ago, on Saturday, nearly down to the

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