The Earliest Recorded Direct Democracy

This is the first of four posts about experiments in direct democracy, where ordinary people assume responsibility for running society. The first, over 4,000 years old, is a recorded account of early Frisian society prior to the Roman conquest of Gaul in 52 BC. Imperial Rome dismissed the Frisians and other Germanic tribes as barbarians for the same reason Europeans dismissed Native Americans as savages: because they owned the land communally and rejected authoritarian governance.

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Interview with Chilean Roberto Rivera-Reyes, Poet…Exile

Rivera-Reyes described the scene that day in a soft voice but one filled with gentle passion and emotion: we could not have escaped, he said, had it not been for the local priests and nuns who spirited us away and hid us at their greatest peril. In the end, only one embassy in Valparaiso opened its doors to us…that of Colombia.

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A Quick Rant: Letter to My Russian Friends…

The new Tartars come from the west – letter to my Russian friends. Many things happen these days; and my problem is, that I know little of Russia, of Russian history and culture – and nothing of the Russian language. But during my visit to Moscow last weekend I literally „met“ the Russian Saint and hero, Ilya Muromets. His bust of white marble was positioned in a big official meeting room – his wonderful face and its strong expression met my immediate curiosity.

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The Dangerous Imagination: Book Excerpt

I Mage In. “People who wanted their kids schooled had them schooled even then; people who didn’t didn’t. That was more or less true for most of us right into the twentieth century: as late as1920, only 32 percent of American kids went past elementary school. If that sounds impossible, consider the practice in Switzerland today where only 23 percent of the student population goes to high school, though Switzerland has the world’s highest per capita income in the world.”

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Dear Readers, Meet the Ticker.

As of this morning, 10 July, 2014, we are in 57 countries!!!   I have been striving to bring important but neglected perhaps stories to a page at Vortex I […]

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Tampering and the Ancient Art of Self Defense

You could call it witness tampering, which is what it is. And if the jury had not hung itself, as I like to put it, and created a temporary lull in what may play out to be an even bigger deal than 9/11 and Sandy Hook, we would not have still another few months to potentially turn the tables … Those tables are very tough to budge but we can absolutely try, folks!

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ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO Dirty Op

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.

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