Issue 186 • January/February 1998
THE SPEED MERCHANTS • Wolfgang Sachs
Speed gives the illusion of power and pleasure. But it also brings environmental destruction.
INDUSTRIAL LOGIC • Jerry Mander
The machine is adapted for humans and humans are adapted to the machine. It is a human-machine merger.
MODERNITY RULES OK? • Charlene Spretnak
Communism or capitalism, Labour or Conservative, democracy or dictatorship, republicanism or monarchy, rule by any name, we are ruled by modernity.
FOUR CHANGES • Gary Snyder
Population, pollution and consumption are the problems. Transformation is the solution.
IS HUMANITY SUICIDAL? • Edward O. Wilson
If homo sapiens goes the way of the dinosaur, we have only ourselves to blame.
U'WA AND OXY • Robert Benson
Oil drilling on land that threatens an indigenous people with cultural death and contributes to environmental destruction is illegal.
A CRUEL AGRICULTURE • David Ehrenfeld
Genetic engineering is justified as a humane technique that feeds more people with better food. Nothing could be further from the truth.
GAIA'S GUARDIAN ANGEL • Fred Pearce
James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis has been awarded the Blue Planet prize worth fifty million yen.
THE GREAT TURNING • Joanna Macy
After the agricultural and industrial revolutions we are now at a point of ecological revolution.
NATURAL SPIRITUALITY • Thomas Moore
What reason could be more compelling for honouring the natural world than to know that it is the prime source of our spirituality.
PUT INTO PRACTICE • Stephen Batchelor
Buddhism is not something to believe in, but something to do.
THE ART OF ATONEMENT • Peter Abbs
The artist Andrzej Jackowski transforms objects of everyday life into a spiritual reality.
ART OF ARROGANCE • Derek Hodgson
The so-called "Earth Art" may be no more than imposition of human will upon nature.
A PARTICIPATORY WORLD • Peter Reason
From a participative point of view we see the world as a creative dance of mind and cosmos.
AN EPIC DEATH • Jeremy Seabrook
The death of Princess Diana evoked unparalleled public grief. What can it all mean?
HOMES NOT OFFICES • Sophie Poklewski Koziell
The story of Coin Street is an urban fairy-tale. Against all odds, a local community saved itself from a faceless office development.
The Occasional Didymus • John Moat
Being out of England in golden September is instant exile.
Poetry • Rolf Jacobsen
Good News For Gaia • Lorna Howarth
Stop lorries from using our country lanes, save water and use solar power.
Business Diary • Francis Kinsman
"I didn't get the money, but I had the pleasure."
The Web Page • Fritjof Capra
Human community is a network of conversations.
Letters to the Editors
CORPORATIONS ATTACK ENVIRONMENTALISTS • David Edwards
sounds the alarm.
BANK AGAINST THE POOR, • Ann Pettifor
goes against the World Bank.
POWER OF PROTEST • Tony Juniper
reviews the work of Greenpeace.
GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM • Donella Meadows
exposes the poisoning of the public.
A TALE OF EVOLUTION • Peter Bunyard
traces the human story.
INTERCONNECTED UNIVERSE • Timothy Glazier
leaps into the new paradigm
COSMIC STORY • David Spillane
celebrates the unfolding universe.
A NON RELIGIOUS WAY • Don Cupitt
looks at Buddhism in the West.
PRAYER OR PANIC • Anthony Ramsay
favours traditional thought.
WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY • Frances Hutchinson
searches for economic democracy.
SONG OF LIFE • John Lane
appreciates a storyteller.
LIFE AND DEATH • Kirsty McGee
Looks at how we die.