An Alternate History of Heroes

Calendar of Jubilee Saints

Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here, along with the animating idea that guides this project — the pleasure of overthrowing the Planetary Work Machine.


Reinventing the Thing That Bothers Us Most

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein

The book presents a vision about our money system that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen. How can you live according to your ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money?

First-Degree Pronoiac Progress

Hallelujah! The Nobel Prize Committee Blesses Feisty, Spiritual Women

Hallelujah to the Nobel Peace Committee! By honoring three brave, determined women – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakul Karman, they shine light on true heroines of our time. This prize of prizes points to two realities that politicians, academics, and media have long downplayed. Women and those they care for suffer disproportionately in war and conflict. But they are also at the forefront of work for peace. Women tend to be shoved to the sidelines when it comes to negotiations and treaties,barely visible in photos of the peace tables across the world. But where it really matters you find women at work. The Nobel trio honors hundreds of thousands of unsung heroines in far flung, often dark corners of the world.


Smart People Are Working Behind the Scenes to Save the Lives of People They Don’t Know

Researchers have devised a protein “switch” that instructs cancer cells to produce their own anti-cancer medication.

The researchers, led by Marc Ostermeier, a Johns Hopkins chemical and biomolecular engineering professor in the Whiting School of Engineering, showed that these switches, working from inside the cells, can activate a powerful cell-killing drug when the device detects a marker linked to cancer. The goal, the scientists said, is to deploy a new type of weapon that causes cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy tissue.


Your Minimum Daily Requirement of Beauty

A collection of images that may induce an eyegasm.


Pronoiac Progress for the Developing World

The number of childhood deaths around the world keeps going down. In 1960 it was an average of 20 million per year. In 1990, 12 million. Last year it was less than 8 million. That’s still way too many. But it’s amazing progress, especially considering that the world’s population has been increasing dramatically over that span.


Pronoiac Progress for Poor People

In Michigan, food stamps are worth double at farmers’ markets, which means more healthy food for low-income shoppers.

The program, called Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), is a project of the nonprofit Fair Food Network. It’s a simple idea: SNAP shoppers use their benefits at a participating farmers’ market and receive tokens for an equal amount to purchase any Michigan-grown fruit or vegetable at the market. In effect, food dollars spent at farmers’ markets are doubled, up to $20 per market day. By spending $20 of SNAP benefits at the farmers’ market, the shopper comes home with $40 worth of healthy, fresh, regionally grown produce.