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A Case Study in Calamity

I’ve got a new book out. Let’s call it a case study in calamity, in the course of which I try to demonstrate a method of thinking through the ways that social, psychological, and material (economic and ecological) forces combine to set up the situations in which animals are exploited. […]

On the Disappearing of Oxen Instead of Problems

I’m supposed to be blogging for VINE Sanctuary right now. Instead I find myself sitting in seething stillness, wondering what to say. Lou is dead—disappeared in the middle of the night. A man who only days ago referred to Lou and Bill’s impending slaughter as “processing” now wants us to believe him when he […]

And We Are Not Yet Saved

Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011)

Derrick Bell (November 6, 1930 – October 5, 2011)

Marti Kheel (August 25, 1948 – November 19, 2011)

Legal scholar Derrick Bell called his 1987 book on the persistence of racial inequality “And We Are Not Saved,” prefacing the text with this Old Testament quotation:


Michelle Obama, Terrorist?

Michelle Obama is a terrorist. That’s the only conclusion possible after a close reading of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which deems as “terrorism” any coordinated action, including speech acts, that in any way injures any “animal enterprise.”

The New Yorker got in trouble for publishing this cartoon portraying the First Lady as […]

Boycotting Marriage

Earlier this year — or was it last year? — I got into a lot of trouble for telling a reporter that I hope my heterosexual friends who are financially able to do so will boycott marriage until such time as it becomes available to everyone. I’m happy to report that a group of […]

What We Can Learn from Sonia Sotomayor

The right-wing rhetorical flap over the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court puts me to mind of the failed nomination of Lani Guinier to the position of Assistant Attorney General back in 1993. As I wrote at the time,

One minute, [Lani Guinier] was a respected law professor and Justice Department nominee; […]

(Not So) New Publications

I keep forgetting to mention that I’ve got an article in the Winter 2008 issue of Soho House Magazine. Entitled “Taekwondo in a Hijab: Muscular Feminism in Iran,” it looks at the achievements of a couple of Iranian sports stars in the context of the ongoing struggle for women’s rights in that country. The […]

Pig Flu Pandemic Update

Original entry here. I’ll add updates below as relevant news becomes available.

27 APR UPDATES: U.S. declares public health emergency; swine flu confirmed in Spain; global stock markets plumet due to fears of pandemic; European Union health officials warn against travel to the U.S. and Mexico.

Tip to veg/AR organizations: Pork producers are […]

Breaking Points and Biodiversity

Some years ago, I spent a few emotionally rocky weeks in a city in which I used to live. There to get care in the wake of a traumatic event, I was in sore need of soothing. So, I switched on the television and tuned into the cable access station to watch the semi-weekly […]

Chalk Is the New Plastique

As Will Potter says, “It was only a matter of time.” Four animal rights activists have been charged as “terrorists” under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for the “crimes” of leafleting, marching, chanting, and chalking slogans on sidewalks. Read Will’s full report here and stay tuned to Green Is the New Red for updates.