This week I highly recommend the “Revolutionary Suicide” article and the “Seeds” article. Both are very long but totally worth the time. The other three articles highlighted are also excellent – topics explored include slavery, conspiracy theories, and a review of Michael Moore’s latest documentary.
Revolutionary Suicide: Risking Everything to Transform Society and Live Fully
By Reverend Lynice Pinkard
Published in Tikkun (this article is behind a paywall, so check with your local library about access; drop me a note if you need help).
We need to commit revolutionary suicide. By this I mean not the killing of our bodies but the destruction of our attachments to security, status, wealth, and power. These attachments prevent us from becoming spiritually and politically alive. They prevent us from changing the violent structure of the society in which we live. Revolutionary suicide means living out our commitments, even when that means risking death.
It’s Still Slavery by Another Name
By Michael D. Yates
Published in Monthly Review
We are left with an inescapable conclusion. Being black, in and of itself, is a grave economic and social disadvantage, while being white confers considerable advantage. That this is true today, 155 years after the end of the Civil War, after three constitutional amendments, the great civil rights movement, a large number of civil rights laws, and lord knows how many college courses and sensitivity training sessions is testament to the power and tenacity of racist social structures.
‘Keeping seeds in our hands’: the rise of seed activism
By Karine Peschard & Shalini Randeria
Published in The Journal of Peasant Studies
This article explores the rise of activism around seeds worldwide over the past three decades. We adopt a broad definition of seed activism as encompassing all actions that oppose the enclosure of seeds and defend individual and collective rights to seeds. Not surprisingly, those whose livelihoods depend on agriculture – peasants, farmers, and indigenous peoples – are clearly on the frontline of these struggles.4 Communities are displaced by agribusiness expansion and lose plant varieties due to genetic contamination. They are not only denied the right to save seeds but can also be prosecuted for infringing seed patents.
The Prophecies of Q
By Adrienne LaFrance
Published in The Atlantic
If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street. You could be a bookkeeper, a dentist, a grandmother icing cupcakes in her kitchen.You know that the mainstream media are their handmaidens, in partnership with Hillary Clinton and the secretive denizens of the deep state. You know that only Donald Trump stands between you and a damned and ravaged world. You must find those who are like you. And you must be prepared to fight. You know all this because you believe in Q.
Planet of the green capitalists
By Aragorn Eloff
Published in New Frame
Short Read. Critical reviews of the new Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans have missed its key point: capitalism can never be sustainable.