2016 was a strange year: more refugees, Brexit, the US Election disaster, a coup d’état by the Government in Turkey, the destruction of Aleppo, Russian and Chinese hacking, the mainstream emergence of artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars are hitting the road. The environmental record is worse than predicted: mass extinction is under way, the oceans […]

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The book list for 2016 reflects my interest in environmental studies, and my return to psychotherapy. The field of political philosophy is also in a state of transition, with emerging global theories and a re-examination of the idea of nation states. Psychotherapy 2011. Wiley, January 26, 2016. . Lanham, Md.: Jason Aronson, Inc. . 2014. 1 […]

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I have some overarching themes and interests, and I am grouping them here into several categories:   Political theory. For many years I taught classes about human rights and social justice. I developed an interest in political philosophy as well as political economy. The condition of our lives now depend on worldwide political and economic trends […]

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The geopolitical order has been shifting in 2015: Middle-Eastern refugees are flooding into Europe, and the seasonal cycles of nature show signs of disruption and change that is unpredictable and threatening everywhere in the world. Radical ideologies fight for influence, nationalist sentiments are on the rise in Russia, China, and Europe. The stock market has not done very well, […]

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Books flow through our lives, year after year. What we read defines what we think, and vice versa. Our thinking changes probably more as a result of encountering new ideas and arguments, and less as a result of genuine insight and internal processing. Today, even the idea of a book is in transition: books become electronic […]

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This is now my third post welcoming a new year. It is always strange to think forward, and then to read last year’s post. 2014 was a year of progress and setbacks. 76,000 people died in Syria in 2014 alone; 5000 so far in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the North Korean government is still […]

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