By Max Wilbert
Here’s a look back at our most popular articles of 2019, with our commentary on why these pieces are important.
This article is originally from 2016, but could have been written yesterday. Canada remains home to the worlds largest mining companies, which abuse human rights and destroy the natural world on a global scale.
From Morning Star
We are not communists in the modern sense of the term, since modern communism typically implies a pro-industrial stance, but we do overlap with many communist viewpoints and stand in solidarity with many people’s movements. This article points towards the growing concerns about modern gender identity ideology and legislation. A decade ago, DGR was lambasted for our firm stance in solidarity with female-only spaces. Today, the gender critical movement is exploding in size and strength around the world.
The people are increasingly hungry for an alternative to the global capitalist system. While critique of industrialism and civilization is much rarer, the critique of capitalism is an entry point to understanding, and then fighting, the dominant systems on the planet. Resistance movements need to provide plans and strategies that can be understood, and talks such as this are an important basis.
By Mark Behrend
While we don’t agree with all the points in this essay, we do see population growth as a massive problem. There were only 3 billion people on this planet in 1960, and that doubled by 1999 to 6 billion. Population is now at nearly 7.8 billion. We attribute this to two factors: agriculture, a feature of civilization which enables and incentivizes population growth, and patriarchy, a culture which removes women’s power, encourages warfare, and contributes to a growth imperative.
By Lierre Keith
This piece, written by the co-founder of our organization, Deep Green Resistance, is incendiary poetry. Lierre’s ecological feminism infuses every word of this piece, as she guides us through an understanding of patriarchy, empire, sadism, the destruction of the planet, and toward resistance. You will not regret reading this piece.
By Owen Lloyd, interviewing Anne Keala Kelly
Hawaii has been a flashpoint of indigenous resistance for the last several years, and Anne Keala Kelly has been at the forefront of criticism and analysis of the destructive industries of tourism, science, and militarism. This piece focuses on the corporatization of Hawaiian culture, perhaps most clearly shown in Disney corporation’s film Moana, which generated more than $500 million in profits from ticket sales alone. She recently spoke on these topics on our Green Flame Podcast.
1. Conflict Soy: if you think soy is a healthy alternative to the meat and dairy industry, think again
We would rather the most viewed article of last year be something on organized political resistance. But this piece is, nonetheless, important. As Lierre Keith has written, agriculture is the most destructive activity on the planet—perhaps only approached by the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. Habitat on a continental scale has been destroyed by agriculture. And the destruction does not end with the clearcutting of forests, draining of wetlands, the plowing of prairies. This process exposes the soil, which erodes and releases ancient carbon into the atmosphere—one reason why global warming did not begin with industrialization, but with civilization and agriculture.