The Enduring Allure of the Whale

"Appallingly human in their physical appearance, they might as well be men in wet suits."- Philip Hoare, Leviathan I'll never forget the sheer breathlessness I experienced when, during a whale watching trip off of the cold and windy northeastern coast of Bar Harbor, Maine, the 60-foot finback whale that we had been pursuing for nearly 4… Continue reading The Enduring Allure of the Whale

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Earth Day 2016: In Honor of Mother Gaia

"Mother Earth, the mother of us all, the oldest of all, hard, splendid as rock. Whatever there is that is of the land, it is she who nourishes it, it is the Earth that I sing."- Homer On Christmas Eve of 1968, from far out in the frigid and limitless expanses of space aboard the… Continue reading Earth Day 2016: In Honor of Mother Gaia

The Ideal World of a Sanders-Stein Coalition

We live in a world wherein a mere 62 people own as much wealth as half of humanity. Of this exclusive bunch, the 10 richest billionaires (the fact that billionaires exist at all should itself be a cause for concern) possess $505 billion in combined wealth, a quantity which exceeds the total sum of the goods and… Continue reading The Ideal World of a Sanders-Stein Coalition

Capitalism and the Metabolic Rift Between Social and Ecological Systems

Myriad notable thinkers, especially from the 18th and 19th centuries onwards, have fiercely critiqued the social and environmental depravities of industrial capitalism- a rapacious socioeconomic system predicated on endless growth and profit maximization through ever-increasing levels of production and consumption, regardless of environmental or social costs. Offering prescient observations on the tendency for the overriding maxim… Continue reading Capitalism and the Metabolic Rift Between Social and Ecological Systems