Category Archives: Nonviolence

Chris Hedges: Go Vegan for the Planet

Chris Hedges was a war correspondent, worked for the Greens in 2008 and 2012, and was part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. He’s also, interestingly enough, a Presbyterian minister. He is known to me personally mostly as the author … Continue reading

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The Global Guide To Animal Protection

The Global Guide To Animal Protection. Edited by Andrew Linzey.  University of Illinois Press, 2013. Andrew Linzey, tireless campaigner for animals, advocate of Christian vegetarianism, and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, has edited a marvelous book about … Continue reading

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Is Violence Declining?

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, in The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Penguin Books, 2011), argues that human violence has declined. Violence was much more widespread in primitive societies than in historical times, and more widespread … Continue reading

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“Be the Change” — where did this saying come from?

“We must be the change we want to see in the world.”  This is one of the most widely quoted sayings attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.  But did Gandhi actually say this?  In June 2009 I posted an article questioning whether … Continue reading

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Is the Gospel of Thomas Vegetarian?

Blessed is a lion that a man eats, because that lion will become human. Cursed is a man that a lion eats, because that lion will become human. (Gospel of Thomas 7) The Gospel of Thomas, discovered at Nag Hammadi, … Continue reading

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Slaughter as Art

“The Story of Chickens — a Revolution” is an art project sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas.  The stated purpose of the project is “to transform the contemporary view of chickens as merely ‘livestock’ to the … Continue reading

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Issues with the Basic Income

Vegans, environmentalists, and basic income advocates need to be talking to each other.  But in many cases, they have not even HEARD of each other.  In this rather lengthy post, I will raise four questions that environmentalists and vegans might … Continue reading

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The Basic Income

We all understand the importance of eliminating mindless consumerism and learning to live more simply. But at the same time we face huge economic inequalities. If we truly all start to live simply, won’t this mean that we’ll be producing … Continue reading

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What Caused the Civil War?

  Today is the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the Union, the action which precipitated the Civil War. Edward Ball has written an opinion piece in the New York Times clearly blaming slavery as the root cause of … Continue reading

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Lierre Keith and the Celebrated Pie Incident

  I had been wading through Lierre Keith’s anti-vegetarian book The Vegetarian Myth, and taking notes to make a response, when I heard that some vegans had thrown pies in her face as she was trying to give a talk … Continue reading

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