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Narrating the Apocalypse: An Interview with Patrick Farnsworth

As the consequences of our Western colonialist society reach a roiling boil, the swirling chaos swallows most voices. Patrick Farnsworth, by calmly discussing our current reality with some of the wisest minds of our era, stands out from the noise. A long-form interviewer on his podcast, Last Born in the Wilderness, Patrick “covers such broad topics as anthropogenic climate change, radical political theory and praxis, animism, psychedelics, and current events.” He has collected 30 of these interviews and woven them with insightful commentary into a book, We Live in the Orbit of Beings Greater than Ourselves, published by Gods & Radicals Press. Patrick generously sat down with me to talk…

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Our Coronavirus Response is A Dressed Rehearsal for Climate Change

It isn’t that people don’t see the problem. If you’re alive in America in 2020, you know about the novel coronavirus. Your life has been affected by it in some way. You probably also experience a whole slate of emotions about it: fear, helplessness, desperation to do something, confused horror at why nothing is being done, despair at the susceptibility of people you know to political propaganda. It’s not that everyone doesn’t know about the danger. It’s that the nature of the danger itself has been wrested away from science and medicine and into the miasma of political opinion, where it is far easier to manipulate to shape public opinion.…

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Why Did Republicans Turn Against Life On Earth?

As unintuitive as it might sound in the year 2020, Republicans were once, even at their most wretched, a party of environmentalism. It was none other than Richard Nixon who gave us both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To answer the question of when Republicans made this hard pivot is easy: 1991, give or take. In 1991 there was no political disagreement about the environment among the US population. In 1992, there was. What happened between 1991 and 1992 that completely destroyed 29 years of American environmental policy? The northern spotted owl. Profit Over Life Starting in the late 1980s, logging companies and their…

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