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Books & Other Stuff By Luke Hauser – no economics!!

Short reflections by Luke Hauser

Beware the Debt Zombies

Recessions Aren’t a Bug – They’re a Feature!

Slashed by the Debt Scissors – Low Fed Rates vs Government Debt

Time to Unload My Portfolio – oops, I forgot to get one!

Marx’s Capital – now an audiobook (short review)

Economics Satires & Miscellany

ToiletShare – my latest tech startup!

Eat4U – tech startup seeks funding!

Jobs Crash – Dow Booms – for real

Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?

HelloFresh Death Watch – farewell to a debt zombie

Youtubes Etc

Ponzi Scheme Documentary – meet Mr. Ponzi!

Bernie Madoff’s scam – a modern Ponzi scheme

US Auto Industry – evolution of an industry (great visuals!)

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Culture, Video

Broadway – Six Hours of Video

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I not a big fan of Broadway music after the earliest years, when it overlapped with pop.

But I’m down for a documentary on any kind of music. I’d probably watch the history of elevator music if it had good visuals.

PBS Broadway documentary – youtube –  you can probably find a hi-res version online as well.

Narrated by Julie Andrews, this six-hour documentary features reels and reels of original footage from the stage and/or later Hollywood versions.

About the PBS Series

Broadway: The American Musical tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life. The six-part series begins with the immigrant experience at the turn of the century, when a melting pot of voices and styles gave rise to a popular new form of entertainment, and ends with today’s Broadway, where big-budget new productions and revivals of classic favorites compete side by side for box office success.

Read more at the PBS website – click here

PBS Broadway documentary – youtube

Photo: Daniel Evans’ 2016 production of the ground-breaking musical Showboat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Culture, Resources & Downloads

Our Magical History – A New Essay

“Presents an enormous amount of material in a very attractive and readable way.”

– Michael D. Bailey, Department of History, Iowa State University / Associate Editor: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Who are these people who call themselves Pagans, Witches, and workers of magic? Where did they come from?

Join Luke Hauser for an illustrated, occasionally tongue-in-cheek journey through our magical lineages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Gardner, Valiente, and the Wiccan Revival of modern days.

Plus a section our activist ancestors such as suffragists, organized labor, and the Civi Rights movement.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

Think of this as a pleasant excursion, not a treadmill.

Read what calls to you. Skip around as you wish. Feel free to ignore entire sections.

Just know that when you reach the Isle of Apples, you may be tested on this material.

Click here for free download | Click here ​to read online

“Erudite, good-humoured, generous, with that open-minded readiness to recognise merit in many different sources of inspiration that is one of the best features of the Reclaiming tradition.”

– Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

Graphic: Hieronymus Bosch

Culture, Music, Video

Godspell – Jesus for Hippies

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Get ready! 2021 marks 50 years of Godspell!

Godspell casts an ethereal Jesus and his all-too-human, multi-gendered disciples as a band of urban hippies.

If you think Christianity has nothing to offer, give Hippie Jesus 103 minutes of your time. Or listen to this playlist of the songs taken from the movies to get the flavor.

Songs from Godspell

It may not save your soul – but it actually gives a glimpse of what Jesus might look like in our world.

The musical is structured as a series of parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Eminently singable folk-rock tunes punctuates the teachings and ultimately the trial and death of Jesus – Day By Day was a top-20 hit.

Godspell was composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. The show opened Off-Broadway in 1971, and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals.

The musical began as a project by drama students at Carnegie Mellon University and then moved to the Off-Off-Broadway theater La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan. The show was then rescored for an Off-Broadway production, which became a long-running success. 

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activism, Culture

Post Scarcity Anarchism – Classic Murray Bookchin

Post Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin first published in the 1970’s looks at social change and how to participate in/achieve meaningful social change.

In case you’ve never read it or want to read it again, this book has never been so relevant.

It examines what our capitalist society is and what will eventually happen to it (which is what’s happening now!)

– from Baruch

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Economics, Video

Meet Mr. Ponzi!

Variants of the Ponzi scheme are rife today – ie, using new investments (or loans) to pay off old investors (or banks). As long as interest rates are low and money is easy, it may work. When credit collapses, bye bye to the debt zombies.

Here’s a documentary on the originator of the Ponzi scheme – an ex-con with an actual profit-making idea that went haywire.

Click here for more economics articles, satires, and features.

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activism, Climate Justice

Planet Plastic – Good Article

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Good Rolling Stone article on the deluge of plastics leaking into our food, water, and air.

Planet Plastic – Rolling Stone

Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once. More than half the plastic now on Earth has been created since 2002, and plastic pollution is on pace to double by 2030.

The Petroleum Connection

At its root, the global plastics crisis is a product of our addiction to fossil fuels. The private profit and public harm of the oil industry is well understood: Oil is refined and distributed to consumers, who benefit from gasoline’s short, useful lifespan in a combustion engine, leaving behind atmospheric pollution for generations. But this same pattern — and this same tragedy of the commons — is playing out with another gift of the oil-and-gas giants, whose drilling draws up the petroleum precursors for plastics. These are refined in industrial complexes and manufactured into bottles, bags, containers, textiles, and toys for consumers who benefit from their transient use — before throwing them away.

Get the full story:

Planet Plastic – Rolling Stone

 

activism, Culture, Resources & Downloads

The Diggers – revolutionary ancestors!

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In 1649, near London, a rag-tag group of radicals staked a claim to common land and began to clear and plant it so it would be a “common treasury for all.”

The Diggers – an essay

Among our most interesting ancestors, these English revolutionaries were forerunners of groups like Food Not Bombs – claiming unused resources in the name of the community.

Here’s a short article about the Diggers of 1649 and their place in the revolution of the 1640s.

Click here for a bunch more history articles, including the 40-page illustrated essay “Our Magical Ancestors – available as free PDF or read online.