What I’m Reading: A Friday Link Roundup

How to Build a Low-Tech Internet – Low-Tech Magazine
Somewhat related to my piece on the internet and proprietary technology. A rundown on how the developing world connects to the internet.

Notes From an Ultra-Radical Perfectionist – Counterpunch
On why some feel that Bernie is not that great of a “lesser evil”.

The Myth of a Free World: Not Just Political – Counterpunch
Colonialism, liberalism, and the myth of the atomised individual.

Pixel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In the Gig Economy – Fast Company
The challenge was easy enough:  spend 6 weeks trying to get by in the “gig economy” and make at least $10/hour doing it. Or… maybe it’s not so easy after all.

The scientist who first warned of climate change says it’s much worse than we thought – Grist
An article about James Hansen on the state of climate science, apathy, and the status-quo 28 years after he spoke on the subject before Congress.

How Societies With Little Coercion Suffer Little Mental Illness – Bruce Levine
The argument is made that institutional coercion via compulsory education systems, consumer capitalism, government, work, and other aspects of modernity, create conditions that foster mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other “diseases” that hardly exist in smaller, simpler societies. Also, that their symptoms are often simply managed with costly prescription medications rather than identifying the underlying cause and attempting to rectify it, either on a small (personal) or large (systemic) scale.

Becoming Real By Becoming a Beast – an excerpt at Dark Mountain Project
In his new book Being a Beast, Charles Foster tries to enter the worlds of a badger (living in a sett in the Black Mountains, trying to turn himself into a more olfactory creature, and eating earthworms), an otter (swimming the rivers of Exmoor and catching fish in his mouth), an urban fox (rummaging through the dustbins of London’s East End), a red deer (being hunted by bloodhounds on Exmoor, and shivering amongst dying deer in the Scottish Highlands) and a swift (obsessively following the migration route from Oxford, across Europe, and down the West Coast of Africa). In this excerpt he looks back at the book, and wonders if he’s been wasting his time.”