Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

01 September 2009

Racial and gender equality will not solve social inequality

Even if, one day, the brave activists who fight for racial, sexual and gender equality declare their battles won - there will still be a need to continue the fight to level the playing field between rich and poor.

I read an article in the London Review of Books that clearly supports this statement.

Here's the link to the article by Walter Benn Michaels who teaches English at the University of Illinois, Chicago: Who Cares about the White Working Class?

I would like to add another battle that looms - even beyond class war - and that is the battle for equality of species. As Leo Tolstoy said: "As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlegrounds." As long as we see animals and plants as "resources" and not fellow earthlings, there will be battlegrounds ... unless of course everything is destroyed before we get to that point.

I hear Cormac MCarthy's book The Road paints a gloomy post-apocalyptic vision of earth where most life has been destroyed and people resort to cannibalism to survive. Far fatched? Hmmm, I'm not so sure?

By the way, animal rights activists and earth-firsters are often accused of being obsessively morbid and focused on the negative. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just the blue sky alone makes us smile. We are in fact very easy to please. Just give us clean air, water and wilderness.

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