Ben Barker on Resistance Radio

Every Sunday, Derrick Jensen interviews an activist for Resistance Radio, asking great questions about their work, how they got into it, and how other people can get involved. Last Sunday, Jensen interviewed Ben Barker, a writer, activist, and farmer from West Bend, WI. He is currently writing a book about toxic qualities of radical subcultures … Continue reading Ben Barker on Resistance Radio

Ben Barker: The Gods of a Radical

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin Without gods or masters, how do we live?  Who do we live for? One of my earliest acts of rebellion was leaving behind the religion of my parents. There was no legitimate authority in my eyes; neither natural nor supernatural. Religion seemed an obvious enemy: clearly corrupt, … Continue reading Ben Barker: The Gods of a Radical

Ben Barker: Anarchists and Torture Porn

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin Radicals and the sexual exploitation industry become more and more intertwined by the day. I wish I was surprised when I learned just today that the 2013 Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is being held in a venue owned by the torture porn website, Kink.com. Kink.com is infamous … Continue reading Ben Barker: Anarchists and Torture Porn

Ben Barker: As Long As It Takes: Strong Ties, Strong Hearts

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin “There have been others also just as true and devoted to the cause…with such women consecrating their lives—failure is impossible!”—Susan B. Anthony As an activist and organizer, I concern myself with the work of getting people together to change the world. A necessary part of this is … Continue reading Ben Barker: As Long As It Takes: Strong Ties, Strong Hearts

Ben Barker: “Politically Correct” vs. Politically Opposed

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance In the early days of my being politicized, I spent time with people in a subculture which can be summed up with the title “anti-authoritarian punk.” A favorite activity of people in this group was to bash something they called “political correctness.” At almost every gathering I attended—without … Continue reading Ben Barker: “Politically Correct” vs. Politically Opposed

Ben Barker: Masculinity is Not Revolutionary

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin Revolutionaries of many types maintain that resistance by any means necessary is required to stop momentous social injustice and environmental degradation. These activists recognize that those in power are the enemy and that the enemy will stop at nothing unless forced to do otherwise. Following this understanding, … Continue reading Ben Barker: Masculinity is Not Revolutionary

Ben Barker: The Story of a River

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin The Milwaukee River runs through the place where I live. Really, it is the place where I live, or at least part of it. This place would not be what it is without the river. On a warm, sunny day the river will call to me in … Continue reading Ben Barker: The Story of a River

Open Letter to the UK Environmental Movement from Deep Green Resistance UK

Deep Green Resistance UK (DGR UK) is the UK chapter of DGR International. We are an environmental and social justice organisation based on the book, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. The book identifies civilisation, patriarchy, and capitalism as brutal arrangements of power which need to be dismantled if there is to be … Continue reading Open Letter to the UK Environmental Movement from Deep Green Resistance UK

Beautiful Justice: Left of Porn

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin This essay was originally published in the Fall 2013 edition of Voice Male. If the fight against pornography is a radical one, where are the radicals fighting against pornography? Earlier this year, the 18th annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair, an event that brings together radical activists from … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: Left of Porn

Beautiful Justice: Imagine a Left

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin If the political Left was what I thought it was growing up, I would want nothing to do with it. It’s not what I thought it was, however; at least not in its true form. A Left worth the name is less a sold-out party line and … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: Imagine a Left