Abolitionist Donaldina Cameron was a courageous, compassionate zealot who is credited with rescuing some 3,000 people from slavery and breaking the back of the Chinese slave trade in the U.S.
Donaldina Cameron barged into brothels and uncovered hidden trap doors to find the terrified teenage girls held behind them. She stood up to threats from the gangs who made money from trafficking in Chinese slavery. She raised hundreds of girls in the mission house, wiping away tears, giving in to requests for midnight snacks, and gradually training previous enslaved young women to live on their own. She advocated in the courts on their behalf.
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
You have within you unlimited capacities for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom.
So says Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield and my co-conspirator in spreading pronoia. His book The Wise Heart provides practices in how to fully awaken that good stuff.
A new book that provides a flood of evidence that pronoia is a perfectly rational philosophy: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
See the video by the author as he explains why and how the world is getting better and better:
Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide by Joshua S. Goldstein
Read the newspapers, and you’ll think that war is worse than ever. But as the book “Winning the War on War” shows, the reality is just the opposite. We are in the midst of a decline in armed conflict that is extraordinary in human history. Global peacekeeping efforts are working; large-scale looting, sexual assault, and genocidal atrocities are being stopped. 2010 had one of the lowest death rates from war.
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.
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?
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
Many people think we live in the most violent age ever. But this book shows the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, pogroms, gruesome punishments, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, these have all dwindled and are widely condemned.