In the run-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September at UN headquarters in New York, propaganda will inundate the infosphere, lending an atmosphere of pandemonium and leaving many hopeless about the prospects for conflict resolution between indigenous nations and modern states. For a few, though, widespread hopelessness within the Indigenous Peoples Movement, […]
Poverty is not natural; it is man made. Under globalization, the creation of poverty is international. As such, the infrastructure of finance used to create an impoverished planet is arranged to combine private equity residuals from the creation of poverty at the state level, with state investments at the international level, to compound and consolidate […]
While the disease of aggression cannot be eradicated, the doctrine of domination it’s founded on can be constrained. By examining the colonialism of globalization that targets indigenous nations, activist scholars illuminate the essence of the conflict between capitalism and the Fourth World. As the system of theft of settler states like Canada, Australia, New Zealand […]
As Renaud Egreteau reports at Le Monde diplomatique, the political opening for dialogue in Burma between its eight competing ethnic factions is a positive development, but the looming temptation for the ethnically dominant Bamar to run roughshod over the others in order to exploit natural resources must be overcome if internal peace is to prevail. […]
In my recent readings about indigenous governance, a recurring principle of harmonious social organization is that democracy doesn’t scale. American Indian tribes’ consistent rejection of the plenary power “catechism” in U.S. law is based partly on their view that respectful relations and good governance cannot obtain when power is so distant and concentrated. While not […]
I recently received an inquiry from a law student in Hungary, who, after reading my essay Power of Moral Sanction, wanted to better understand how social networks today are applying that power to new visions and the creation of new communities–especially in regard to dealing with legal systems around the world. In response, I noted […]
Feel good puffery about modern states working cooperatively, while running roughshod over Indigenous nations, is not new. Gatherings of European states, that convened in the fifteenth century to cooperatively apportion the planet between themselves, were also, no doubt, congenial affairs. With all this bonhomie, why get worked up about a little cultural genocide?
Energy, devotion and commitment to a cause — whether evil or sacred — are dependent on motivation. True believers, whether in human dignity or white supremacy, are highly motivated. Thus, the battle between good and evil is determined by energy, which is in turn dependent on access to resources required to sustain efforts over time. […]
In his review of Radical Hope–a book about the transformation of the Crow tribe by Jonathan Lear–Charles Taylor observed that, A culture’s disappearing means that a people’s situation is so changed that the actions that had crucial significance are no longer possible. …You find yourself in a circumstance where, as Lear puts it, “the very […]
Something I’ve noticed on a regular basis on some indigenous newswires are articles like this, which purport by their titles to be pro-democracy or pro-indigenous, but in the text of the article argue for pro-US positions, and demonize non-compliant actors like the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia. By targeting leaders or countries determined to conduct […]
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