Moira MacLean

is creating Articles about transitioning to a thriveable society and planet.

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I've got two compelling reasons for writing, and your support will be amazing! The first is summed up in a post on my  LinkedIn profile a few months ago entitled "Beyond Sustainability: A Bigger, Better Picture". I said that in order to move from employing a strategy of sustainability (keeping ourselves going through doing the least harm) to actually thriving collectively, we need to consider the long-term effects of our actions on nature, the economy, society as a whole, and on ourselves and our relationships with one another. We need to learn to conform our patterns of behavior in all these areas to the patterns we see repeated in nature. This is the key to thriveability. I maintain a personal blog where I write about that, and I'm hoping to use Patreon to gain a wider readership. Eventually, my goal is to expand from blog posts to longer articles to books. You, my friend, can be instrumental in making that happen. Along the way you can expect to see posts where I will curate the best contributions I find from an eclectic mix of other thinkers, people like Joanna Macy, Richard Wolff, Margaret Wheatley, Teilhard de Chardin, Marjorie Kelly, David Korten. Did I mention it would be eclectic?

The second and more immediate reason is that the two-party system that dominates U.S. political affairs has ceased to reflect the people's will, and the people have begun to catch on. It's why I support Bernie Sanders and write for The Bern Report. It became clear over a decade ago when there was no mass protest or great citizen uprising when clear evidence showed that five Supreme Court justices were on the wrong side of history when a sitting governor colluded with his lackey to steal the Presidency, after the opposition candidate had clearly won by half a million votes. The disastrous policies that ensued during the G.W. Bush Administration plunged us into a war that has yet to end. Unfortunately, the war hawks aren't confined to membership in just one party; the establishment elites in both have been complicit as their business interests have profited from the war effort there, and from violent regime change in other parts of the world. The Democratic Party establishment in 2016 is full of people who have been its stalwarts for many years, and I do not mean to disparage their good intentions or their hard work. But because of their loyalty, they have become unable to see that those most in need of them, those they most want to include and reach out to, quite often are completely unable to connect with them philosophically because of the drift away from progressive ideals. Like the proverbial frog in hot water slowly boiling to death, they have failed to recognize the slow march toward the right, until their party is hardly recognizable as the party of old. What Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn't realize is that the millions of people who consider themselves independents, free of party affiliation, are never going to genuflect and pay homage for services rendered, because they never connected with them in the first place; party structure means nothing to them because the system it supports has always ignored them. They have always lived outside of it, and many have never voted at all because they feel abandoned. (Is it so surprising that some on the other side of the cultural divide have fallen victim to a demagogue?) When she implies that they are problem children and whines that they aren't enthusiastically waving the banner of the party and raising funds, it would be good for her to understand better whose interests she now represents. Most independents, meanwhile, will be busy supporting candidates like Bernie Sanders, and others in down ticket races who live in their daily reality and therefore support his positions on the issues. Bernie gets the mess we're in. He understands that fundamental change, not so-called "incremental change", is called for. I suppose it's difficult for some who are insulated from the stark realities facing us, to appreciate just how much and how soon those changes are needed, but that's why I am supporting his candidacy. That's also why I write articles for The Bern Report. It is documenting the issues, concerns and activities of a movement, not just a candidate. .Because the independent demographic is large and growing, I fully expect that the blog will continue to exist as a medium of expression beyond the campaign of 2016, expressing this voice without the influence of corporate control.

Thriveability, of course, is a multi-faceted concept that takes in much more than politics. Both of the channels where I am posting weave together a coherent vision for a thriveable future, and they will be appearing together here on Patreon. I value your support. If you are a believer in humanistic values, I would love to hear from you and count you as a member of my community.

 Thank you so much!
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Pledge $1 or more per Blog posts, at $25 each until the $500 goal is reached.
Every patron at $1 or more per post gets a list of links to resources showing that the human brain is wired for cooperation with others, rather than competition for scarce resources. Fascinating and important for all Progressives, since for decades American economic policy, led by Milton Friedman devotees, has dominated the field arguing the opposite. You will be smarter than smart!
Pledge $2 or more per Blog posts, at $25 each until the $500 goal is reached.
Patrons at the $2 level and above will be invited to a Google Hangout with me every 4-6 weeks. We'll talk about the movement for lasting social change, sustainability/thriveability, any questions or comments my writing has brought up for you, and any suggestions you have for future topics. Plus you get the $1 reward as well, of course.
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$0 of $500 per Blog posts, at $25 each until the $500 goal is reached.
With this amount in pledges, I'd have the funds to match money from my own pocket and purchase a new laptop to replace the one I have, which is nearly seven years old. It's done a great job, but you know how these things are, folks. The Windows 10 upgrade alone nearly did it in! Computers that old didn't anticipate the size and speed of today's programs. Result: slow and clunky. Old Faithful and I will be much happier, and I will be able to write more efficiently, if I can switch to a more nimble work partner soon.
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I've got two compelling reasons for writing, and your support will be amazing! The first is summed up in a post on my  LinkedIn profile a few months ago entitled "Beyond Sustainability: A Bigger, Better Picture". I said that in order to move from employing a strategy of sustainability (keeping ourselves going through doing the least harm) to actually thriving collectively, we need to consider the long-term effects of our actions on nature, the economy, society as a whole, and on ourselves and our relationships with one another. We need to learn to conform our patterns of behavior in all these areas to the patterns we see repeated in nature. This is the key to thriveability. I maintain a personal blog where I write about that, and I'm hoping to use Patreon to gain a wider readership. Eventually, my goal is to expand from blog posts to longer articles to books. You, my friend, can be instrumental in making that happen. Along the way you can expect to see posts where I will curate the best contributions I find from an eclectic mix of other thinkers, people like Joanna Macy, Richard Wolff, Margaret Wheatley, Teilhard de Chardin, Marjorie Kelly, David Korten. Did I mention it would be eclectic?

The second and more immediate reason is that the two-party system that dominates U.S. political affairs has ceased to reflect the people's will, and the people have begun to catch on. It's why I support Bernie Sanders and write for The Bern Report. It became clear over a decade ago when there was no mass protest or great citizen uprising when clear evidence showed that five Supreme Court justices were on the wrong side of history when a sitting governor colluded with his lackey to steal the Presidency, after the opposition candidate had clearly won by half a million votes. The disastrous policies that ensued during the G.W. Bush Administration plunged us into a war that has yet to end. Unfortunately, the war hawks aren't confined to membership in just one party; the establishment elites in both have been complicit as their business interests have profited from the war effort there, and from violent regime change in other parts of the world. The Democratic Party establishment in 2016 is full of people who have been its stalwarts for many years, and I do not mean to disparage their good intentions or their hard work. But because of their loyalty, they have become unable to see that those most in need of them, those they most want to include and reach out to, quite often are completely unable to connect with them philosophically because of the drift away from progressive ideals. Like the proverbial frog in hot water slowly boiling to death, they have failed to recognize the slow march toward the right, until their party is hardly recognizable as the party of old. What Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn't realize is that the millions of people who consider themselves independents, free of party affiliation, are never going to genuflect and pay homage for services rendered, because they never connected with them in the first place; party structure means nothing to them because the system it supports has always ignored them. They have always lived outside of it, and many have never voted at all because they feel abandoned. (Is it so surprising that some on the other side of the cultural divide have fallen victim to a demagogue?) When she implies that they are problem children and whines that they aren't enthusiastically waving the banner of the party and raising funds, it would be good for her to understand better whose interests she now represents. Most independents, meanwhile, will be busy supporting candidates like Bernie Sanders, and others in down ticket races who live in their daily reality and therefore support his positions on the issues. Bernie gets the mess we're in. He understands that fundamental change, not so-called "incremental change", is called for. I suppose it's difficult for some who are insulated from the stark realities facing us, to appreciate just how much and how soon those changes are needed, but that's why I am supporting his candidacy. That's also why I write articles for The Bern Report. It is documenting the issues, concerns and activities of a movement, not just a candidate. .Because the independent demographic is large and growing, I fully expect that the blog will continue to exist as a medium of expression beyond the campaign of 2016, expressing this voice without the influence of corporate control.

Thriveability, of course, is a multi-faceted concept that takes in much more than politics. Both of the channels where I am posting weave together a coherent vision for a thriveable future, and they will be appearing together here on Patreon. I value your support. If you are a believer in humanistic values, I would love to hear from you and count you as a member of my community.

 Thank you so much!

Recent posts by Moira MacLean

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Blog posts, at $25 each until the $500 goal is reached.
Every patron at $1 or more per post gets a list of links to resources showing that the human brain is wired for cooperation with others, rather than competition for scarce resources. Fascinating and important for all Progressives, since for decades American economic policy, led by Milton Friedman devotees, has dominated the field arguing the opposite. You will be smarter than smart!
Pledge $2 or more per Blog posts, at $25 each until the $500 goal is reached.
Patrons at the $2 level and above will be invited to a Google Hangout with me every 4-6 weeks. We'll talk about the movement for lasting social change, sustainability/thriveability, any questions or comments my writing has brought up for you, and any suggestions you have for future topics. Plus you get the $1 reward as well, of course.