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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

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

Beautiful Justice: No Heart Unbroken

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin I wish this was just a nightmare. My friend is gone and I want her back. She was killed several weeks ago—violently, sadistically, suddenly—and for several weeks I’ve been crying. My head keeps shaking. I whisper to myself: “No. No. No.” Over and over. More than anything … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: No Heart Unbroken

Beautiful Justice: The Abuse of Laughter

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin People laugh at anything and everything these days, and they expect you to laugh along. In this age of utter cynicism, little is sacred, little is off-limits from humor, little is safe from the cultural tide of callous abuse. What’s worse: you laugh along. You may not … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: The Abuse of Laughter

Beautiful Justice: Entitled to Defeat

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin We’ll need a miracle to save the world, and the only miracle we’re going to get is us. Right now, we—as in life on this planet we—are losing. That nobody wants to say this out loud doesn’t change its truth: we are losing, and badly. For all … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: Entitled to Defeat

Beautiful Justice: The Sexist Radical Left Versus Women

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin What makes a radical a radical is a willingness to look honestly and critically at power; more specifically, imbalances of power. We ask: Why does one group have more power than another? Why can one group harm another with impunity? Why is one group free while another … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: The Sexist Radical Left Versus Women

Beautiful Justice: An Open Letter to Liberals

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin Do you believe in a better world? Do you believe in one without the torture of poverty and slavery; without hierarchies based on dominance; without a dying planet? If you do believe in this world, what are you willing to do to help bring it about? I … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: An Open Letter to Liberals

Beautiful Justice: We Will Not Adapt, We Will Not Die

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin “There is a problem. It’s a big problem. It’s not just the kids in the inner city. It’s the average middle-class family dealing with this and suffering huge losses.” The problem is heroin. The voice quoted here belongs to a local parent who just lost two sons … Continue reading Beautiful Justice: We Will Not Adapt, We Will Not Die