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Alienation is the Source of Misery

The worst thing that I know of in this life is alienation. I have experienced in periodically in my life and it is the scariest thing - the feeling that you don't know the people around you but that they nevertheless are calling the shots, that you are stuck, in danger or misunderstood. It puts really strange thoughts in to your head that seem embarrassing to repeat when understanding people are in your life but nevertheless seemed valid when you were alone and scared.
I come from Seattle, Washington - a city known for what is called "the Seattle freeze." The Seattle freeze is a social phenomenon in which Seattle social cliques are notoriously hard to break in to, with much of the population being stand offish and unapproachable. Growing up in a broken family with withdrawn family members compounded things - I really had to figure things out for myself. Often times, my questions literally were not met with answers at all, let alone bad or good ones.
Alienation will straigh…

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So I checked out of American politics. I went out and voted for Bernie Sanders but, like with George McGovern back in 1972, that hope was ultimately crushed and replaced with the Nixonian nightmare of Trump. I didn't vote in the general election and, given Trump's victory, I honestly thought about not participating for a while. This project was ultimately based on the inspiration of Pope Francis and the Latin American movement that propelled him forward - if it crossed in to US politics, that was coincidental.

Finding out about Saint Columba Catholic Church did get me a bit recharged, however - perhaps there really were people in the country who shared this message? Shortly after attending services there, I literally ran in to Cornel West while on the Berkeley campus. He didn't know me from Adam but after telling him it was very nice to s…

Coltrane - After the Rain

John Coltrane passed away 50 years ago - Dr. Cornel West honored his life by posting this song. I don't think they make music like this much anymore.

"I'm Not Worried About You" - Prepping for the Big Step

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In 2011, I experienced a brutal and horrible drug withdrawal. While travelling through southeast Asia, I went without SSRI and benzodiasepenes, which I was taking together in order to alleviate crippling anxiety. The process mentally was indescribable - in no small part because I don't fully remember it all. I remember a decent amount sure, which honestly felt pretty close to dying - whatever these drugs do leads to a very destructive feeling during withdrawal, but I wasn't conscious for all of it - it came to a head with me waking up in a hospital, being told of a fit that I had absolutely zero memory of.

When I woke up, I woke up to a Chamorro nurse telling me my "brother" was there. My brother of course was Erving, who had helped me survive hell by keeping me with him. He brought McDonald's, which I will admit has led…

Portions of Saint Columba's "Justice That Makes Peace Possible" Proposal

Today I attended mass at Saint Columba Catholic Church. For the parishioners, they provide a pamphlet called "The Justice That Makes Peace Possible: An Interfaith Proposal." SCCC seems to be a genuine liberation theology driven Catholic church in the heart of the Bay Area - the sort of congregation that I have hungered for for years.

I want people to see for themselves and to visit their website or, if they are in the area, the church for themselves. However, I really did enjoy parts of the proposal and want to share portions of it here. The text was originally written by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. with the Interfaith Peace Project. Check it out:

1. We must become what we want the World to be. It is quite normal to have a vision for the World. We are often disappointed with the World around us and the people we meet and encounter. Sometimes we are angered by the misdeeds of others. The World situation can seem overwhelming. I come to realize what disturbs me. This upset can be…

Oakland's Liberation Theology Embracing Saint Columba Church

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Today, I actually got out of bed in the middle of the morning, as exhausted as I really was, got on the BART train and made it all the way to San Pablo, in North Oakland, to attend services at Saint Columba church. I found about the church from an online special about it. I would greatly like to interview someone at the church but until then, here is a feature with some of the pictures I took. Saint Columba has portraits of Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero and a number of other radical Catholic figures that you wouldn't typically expect to be prominent in a major church. In addition to that, there is a black Jesus figure - an homage to its largely African American constituency.

Radical religious organizations aimed at African Americans aren't really a new thing but they usually are Baptist, Muslim, even Seventh Day Adventist or…

My Alt Right Prophecy

My friend Eva, a big part of Radical Second Things, dug up stuff where I wrote about Richard Spencer and Donald Trump all the way back in 2011. I wish I hadn't been a prophet about this but I guess I was:

Here he is linking Trump to the alt-right four years before he announced his candidacy, naming 'Alternative Right':…/246112_The_Donald_Ind…

Here's his piece identifying the mainstreaming of fascism back in 2011:…/245441_John_Derbyshir…

He notes the classism of Richard Spencer (and mentions Youth for Western Civilization) here:…/245184_Richard_Spence…

And, finally, here's his piece about Nazis opening up to the public:…/244200_Say_Hi_To_Open…

The Radical Second Things Playlist

Hello -

So I have created a music playlist that I think pretty much epitomizes the times we currently live in on a progressive level. Prog rock was huge in the 1970s and oddly enough seems to be somewhat resurgent in our current times, times that are socially very, very similar. There was a bunch of music I thought would work in this playlist but I kept in concise so that the casual listener would greater appreciate the songs I think are core to this collection.


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About Radical Second Things

Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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