Joseph Dana
An exploration of political and personal antinomies
Created 17 Aug 2020
  • Cape Town Fights for Energy Independence
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Power outages are a way of life in Africa’s most industrialized country. Over the last decade, South Africa’s electricity grid has come apart at the seams and failed to deliver dependable power. As re...
  • The Armed Wing Edition
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I didn’t expect such a strong reaction to my last piece about psilocybin. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon several great guides and have set a date for later this month to do my psilocybin sessi...
  • A Good Psilocybin Guide is Hard to Find
    31 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    These aren’t psilocybin mushrooms, but they're pretty. I have been looking for psilocybin guides, and boy is it hard work. There has been an undeniable boom in psychedelics research to treat various c...
  • Farewell, Ezra
    04 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Hi 👋, It’s been a while. The last two months were full of ups and downs, as well as a boatload of work. Thankfully, my schedule has eased ever so slightly so that I can get back to regular newsletter...
  • The Conversation is the Memorial
    02 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 4 0
    The Hall of Names, bearing names and pictures of Jewish Holocaust victims, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem The politics of memorization are never straightforward. All the more...
  • The Dispossessed: Lessons from Post-Apartheid South Africa
    20 Nov 2020 • 4 min read • 3 1
    South Africa’s triumph over apartheid nearly 30 years ago was one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. Peaceful coexistence, reconciliation, and the creation of viable democratic instituti...
  • Opening the Fifth Freedom
    12 Nov 2020 • 3 min read • 5 0
    When Pfizer and BioNTech announced their Covid-19 vaccine's promising results this week, airline shares around the world soared. But that may have been premature; it will take more than a vaccine to r...
  • Is Wim Hof Full of Shit?
    03 Nov 2020 • 3 min read • 9 1
    It’s been an exhausting year. With the US presidential election almost behind us, we all need a break from the news cycle and associated doom scrolling. Several months ago, I fell down a self-help rab...
  • Hidden Challenges in Africa's Covid Fight
    16 Oct 2020 • 3 min read • 4 3
    Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, there was great concern over how the disease would affect Africa. Overcrowded and under-resourced healthcare networks across the continent, coupled with a high prevalen...
  • No Safe Space
    07 Oct 2020 • 3 min read • 4 1
    Desperate to find security amid the rising tide of violence against queer people in Cape Town, a group of activists decided to try something new last month. The black queer collective ‘We See You’ poo...
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