A reaction to “Teddy Roosevelt Still Hurts Farmers Today, Property Rights Advocate Joel Salatin Says – The Stream, Mar 4, 2016”

First, let me say that the article is basically a long headline. Long on buzz words but short on content. Right off the bat, the notion that American farmers have ever “operated in a free market” leaves me scratching my head. Before 1906, that statement could only refer to property rights, as there was little […]

Subsistence is just that, subsistence

Why do we Spend So much time arguing and defending the preservation of subsistence farming in developing nations? If you are paying any attention to popular media the message is unavoidable. We must help poor farmers around the world to preserve their traditional ways of life. Their ways of life are crucial to the maintenance […]

Why aren’t we there yet?

It is surreal to watch the news on a nightly basis and see the oil in the gulf of Mexico make its unstoppable way to shore. Surreal because it’s all too familiar a sight. I remember walking on Santa Monica beach in 1969 and being introduced to the concepts of both offshore oil drilling and […]

At the start of a new year

The beginning of a new year is framed by the end off the  last. I started to write a new post months ago – as you can see I never posted it, not because I didn’t know what to say but rather I couldn’t decide what to focus on. For instance, what should we to […]


Ideologies are ways of organizing large swaths of life and experience under a set of shared but unexamined assumptions. – M Pollan I prepare so that I may be ready when opportunity comes. – Abe Lincoln I know that I know nothing. – Socrates The horizon looks nearer the closer you are to the ground, […]

The Rules for Eating

Just finished reading “The Omnivores Dilemma – A natural History of four Meals” by Micheal Pollan. From the very first page it was evident that I was having a conversation with a good and respected friend. His journeys in search of the roots of eating in modern America were both familiar and new. Having grown […]

Law and order simplified

I’ve noticed that when speaking of murder and the application of the death penalty the Old Testament guide words are “an eye for an eye…” Regardless of your position on this subject I think we can all agree that the sentiment is generally not applied throughout the rest of the American justice system. I would […]