A letter to a Bard College Center for Environmental Policy professor

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Dear Gidon Eshel,

Let me start off by introducing myself. I graduated Bard College in 1965 and blog as the Unrepentant Marxist. In that capacity, I have written 91 articles on ecology since 1991 (just a coincidence) mostly triggered by a talk that Joel Kovel gave at the Brecht Forum in NYC a few years earlier where he likened capitalist growth to metastasizing tumors. Does the name Kovel ring a bell? He used to teach environmental studies at Bard College until Leon Botstein fired him in 2009 for his anti-Zionist writings.

When I am not writing about politics, I review films—mostly documentaries such as Leo DeCaprio’s “Before the Flood” that I saw at a press screening last night. Among the Green activists and thinkers he spoke to in the course of his travels around the world was you. In making the case for eating less beef, you raised very important…

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U.S. Military Operations Are Biggest Motivation for Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Study Finds

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Government officials rarely acknowledge the role that political grievances play in driving attacks.

A SECRET FBI STUDY found that anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of “homegrown” terrorism. The report also identified no coherent pattern to “radicalization,” concluding that it remained near impossible to predict future violent acts.

The study, reviewed by The Intercept, was conducted in 2012 by a unit in the FBI’s counterterrorism division and surveyed intelligence analysts and FBI special agents across the United States who were responsible for nearly 200 cases, both open and closed, involving “homegrown violent extremists.” The survey responses reinforced the FBI’s conclusion that…

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Vandana Shiva | Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy

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Putting Monsanto on trial is only the beginning of what the world’s people must do to regain control of their food systems

By Vandana Shiva  Common Dreams  October 12, 2016

“More accumulation of wealth through corporations,” writes Shiva, “will lead to the extermination of most people, as their lands and livelihoods, their resources and democracies, are grabbed for profits and control.” (Photo: Pixabay/CC0)  

For more than a century, a poison cartel has experimented with and developed chemicals to kill people, first in Hitler’s concentration camps and the war, later by selling these chemicals as inputs for industrial agriculture.

In a little over half a century, small farmers have been uprooted everywhere, by design, further expanding the toxic fields of  the industrial agriculture.

In India, a country of small farmers, the assault of the poison cartel has driven millions off the land and pushed 300,000 farmers to suicide due…

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