Category Archives: Politics

My reflections on the book, Let My People Go Surfing

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org By Yvon Chouinard November 1, 2014 The book “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard was required reading for our Building Sustainable Organizations class in grad school. I was certain our professor had read many of the same ideas rephrased by students rushed to meet all their assignment and life …

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Sacrificial Lambs & Dairy Goats: 
From Merely Salvaging the Environment to Enriching it.

Reflections on Cradle to Cradle
 By William McDonough & Michael Braungart
October 1, 2014 hayes@misionwilderness.org “The earth will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” -Albert Einstein Homesteading with my family, I often noted humorously to my friends that I had the most “environmentally friendly” lawn …

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A critical Review of Current Ecological Thinking for Conservation, and it’s application to Baxter State Park.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org A critical review of Implications of Current Ecological Thinking for Biodiversity Conservation: a review of the Salient Issues September 13, 2014 It was with great interest that I read the article under consideration in this review. Having seen the application of a “hands-off” approach to conservation in my professional career- and …

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The Ecology of Commerce.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org My Reflections on The Ecology of Commerce
 By Paul Hawken September 13, 2014 “The promise of business is to increase the general wellbeing of humankind through service, a creative invention, and ethical philosophy. Making money is, on it’s own terms, totally meaningless, an insufficient pursuit for the complex and decaying world …

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The Elephant and the Ass

    The ass is known as a stubborn creature but he has a greater vice to wit stubbornness but a byproduct. The root of his stubbornness is laziness. There was once an ass as crafty as any serpent. He had a great head for business so he and his herd settled in a fertile …

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The evil of voting for the lesser of two evils: Debunking an American Myth

Let me begin by saying that I am not going to tell you, or even suggest to you, who you should vote for in this or any election. I am, however, going to challenge the assumptions you use to make that decision. In the process, I hope to even bring into scrutiny the dichotomous political …

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