What if American humans were “managed” in the same way as American wildlife? Given the depravity of America’s track record at home and abroad, this question is only far-fetched for those who believe the evil will never extend to them. This essay combines existing ingredients into an alternate American reality.
We are told that we must not anthropomorphize animals, yet heeding this misguided advice deprives us of the opportunity to perceive reality through the eyes of the other living things with which we share this world. After a year of exceptional brutality toward our animals, take a journey with them through the State of Florida, across space, time, and the range of emotions that we all feel, whether we wish to acknowledge it or not.
Millions of Floridians were shocked by the FWC’s decision to allow bear hunting in 2015. Its 2012 Bear Management Plan appeared to have denied that hunting and conservation were compatible. But the length of the Plan discouraged perception of the many ways in which it anticipated hunting and thereby betrayed the trust of the people who value wild animals as individuals with a right to life that can not be managed away.
Florida State Senator Alan Hays is easily dismissed as a politically incorrect buffoon, but the danger he presents to democracy, the Constitution, and our environment must not be overlooked. Eager to curry favor with the ruling class, and too ignorant to be qualified for high office, he epitomizes everything that James Madison despised in the state governments of the 1780s.
The true extent of the suffering inflicted by man on the rest of nature is almost unimaginably vast. A continuation of current human behavior will crown that suffering with mass extinction and ecological collapse. We look at two ways to avert that catastrophe: traumatic knowledge, and a recalculation of human happiness.
Less than a week after Florida’s bear hunt, and one day before Halloween, FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski told the people that the killers he had just unleashed on the state’s iconic wild animals are actually better conservationists than everyone else. Inadvertently, he made a compelling case for reform of wildlife management.
This essay is a eulogy written for the Black Bear Memorial Service at Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida on November 1, 2015. Although not delivered there due to time constraints, we offer it here for those who attended and those who could only be there in spirit.
The viciousness of Florida’s war on its iconic black bears deserves to live in infamy. In this photo-essay, we document the brutality for all the world to see, so that this will never be allowed to happen again. Readers are warned that the content is extremely graphic.
Florida’s impending black bear hunt, instigated by an arrogant and depraved ruling class, is a moral abomination, an ecological catastrophe, and an affront to democracy. As contemptible as the hunters may be, the real killers sit on the Fish and Wildlife Commission, and their ideology is the most lethal weapon of all.
America’s ruling class is preparing to repeat one of the country’s greatest mistakes – the internment of its own citizens due to war hysteria. Behind their disgusting hypocrisy lies the familiar impetus to preserve the exalted status they do not deserve.
The American military empire appears to be preparing for confrontation with Russia. In the House of Representatives, only ten members had the courage to resist the endless stream of hypocritical lies demonizing Russia and sowing the seeds for a conflagration that could destroy us all.
The American Empire has reached a turning point. With China supplanting the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, and the precious dollar in danger of losing its dominance, the world is slipping through America’s blood-soaked fingers. But, armed with a new pretext for military aggression, the United States may not be able to resist the temptation to save itself by killing others, and a confluence of lethal forces is converging against Iran.
As the corpse of a murdered Iraq rots before our eyes, the world must ask whether the United States was criminally negligent or motivated by malicious intent. For the chaos in the Middle East is nowhere near as random as it seems; on the contrary, it serves American imperial interests quite nicely, a fact with chilling implications for the rest of humanity.
With spectacular cynicism, the American plutocratic empire has exploited a veterans’ health crisis of its own creation to undercut the public sector. Concurrently, it has used our last POW in Afghanistan to prevent anyone from questioning its production of broken minds and bodies both at home and abroad.
The Supreme Court’s verdict is in: the United States is officially a plutocracy. The only question now is: what do the owners of America want to do with it? Their propagandists provide the answers, with consistent campaigns on climate change, healthcare, and the meaning of the Constitution all pointing clearly to a bastardized and demented shell of a country.
America’s deliberate fomenting of crisis in the Ukraine has been accompanied by epic levels of imperial arrogance and hypocrisy. But it also provides us with disturbing evidence of Washington’s depraved ambitions to sacrifice people and the planet alike on the altar of global hegemony.
With House Republicans and the President heading towards an immigration reform that would confer second-class legal status on illegal immigrants, this is a fitting moment to consider the legal status of the United States itself.
As citrus greening spreads throughout Florida, the GMO juggernaut has been welcomed into the state by a corporate media that is more than happy to regurgitate biotech-industry talking points. Both newspapers and food contain ingredients that may be damaging to our health.
At the behest of the immensely powerful livestock lobby, USDA’s Wildlife Services agency engages in an expensive, secretive, brutal, and terribly misguided campaign against America’s wild animals. Its reflection of the American character is no less outrageous.
Normal service has been resumed. America’s owners have cracked their whip, and Congress has finally passed a budget. The military-industrial complex has been given a huge Christmas present, but the rest of us can go hang from Eisenhower’s Cross of Iron.
American conservatives have surprised and disappointed many observers by demonizing Nelson Mandela as a communist. But that aspect of Mandela’s past is far less relevant to the modern world than his identification of other regimes that practice the apartheid he helped end. It is no coincidence that this aspect of his legacy is being carefully avoided.