Slavery and Capitalism in America

I'm about halfway through The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014) by Edward Baptist. Baptist's book embeds an economic history of post-revolutionary America in the personal stories of slaves. He brings into question the still dominant version of American history, "the half that has ever been told," which argues that slavery [...]

The Ecology of Capitalism

This post is largely in response to this interview with the ecological Marxist John Bellamy Foster. Foster spends most of his time responding to criticisms of his work by Jason W. Moore. I haven't read Moore's work, so I'm not sure whether the misunderstanding of Latour arose with him or with Foster's characterization of the latters "constructionism" [...]

A talk on Ecodelic Philosophy at the Symbiosis Gathering

I'm headed back to the Symbiosis Gathering later this year. I'll be offering a talk on the role of psychedelics--or "ecodelics" as author Richard Doyle refers to them--and the philosophical insights they engender that may be of service to steering through our planetary crisis. When ingested in carefully crafted ceremonial containers, ecodelics reveal the deeper connections and interpenetration of [...]

The Function of Reason and the Recovery of an Earthly Architecture

Click here to view this essay at the publisher's website, FunctionLab. The Function of Reason and the Recovery of an Earthly Architecture By Matthew David Segall, PhD June 2016 “[The] relatedness between us and the world…which begins to exist wherever there is living structure is as important in the sphere of building as it is [...]