The Falls Society educates, studies, and discusses what it means to be from the Northwest of the North American continent—and beyond.

Oregon has gone through many changes. Claimed as, British, Canadian, and American, Russian and Spanish, not to mention the various native cultures in the area. However, it was not until the winter of 1842 that a group was put together in order to discuss what it meant to be someone in the region. By extension this meant political, artistic, scientific, and historic promotion and study. The Falls Society has historically been known by several names. As Hubert Howe Bancroft and Frances Fuller Victor noted, “no two authorities call the institution by the same name.” The Oregon Lyceum, The Falls Association, The Pioneer Lyceum and and Literary Club, and several others are names that have served this institution.

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Urban Dictionary: Late Capitalism: The advanced stage of unmanaged capitalism in which corporations and the wealthy, having run out of quick and easy paths to profit and economic growth, begin cannibalizing the societies in which they operate instead of investing in them. Features: Declining wages for workers, privatization of government, dismantling of social services, sale of cultural & national heritage,…

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Reflections in Plaid

Foreword I wrote this eight years ago. It’s pretty good. I’m not sure why I haven’t posted it before. The introduction was taken from some of my notes I recently stumbled across. Introduction It started in the Winter.  It ended in the Spring.  It was sixteen months of graveyard at Plaid Pantry, and it ended, finally, in the Spring.  It…

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Late Capitalism in Weimerica Pt. 1: The Bundy Revolt

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