Totalitarian agriculture and our limited understanding of the economy

NOTE: This essay is taken verbatim from a graduate school application and contains the original academic citations.


Modern humans and our institutions are not equipped to fully comprehend the broad impact our economy imposes on the natural world. That’s because we conceive of “the economy” as the body of…

The VP’s progressive task force gesture doesn’t touch the most essential part of addressing climate change

When he became the presumptive Democratic nominee for this fall’s presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden commissioned a task force to develop a policy platform bridging the gap between centrist and progressive lawmakers in the Democratic Party. The group released recommendations in a 110-page report Wednesday. The climate section…

Despite this victory for water protectors, Trump is still dismantling environmental protections

A federal judge on the D.C. Circuit stopped the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from operating Monday and ordered the oil removed from it, citing a 1970s federal law requiring U.S. government agencies to conduct rigorous environmental assessments before rubber-stamping building projects.

An intense, years-long protest has swept the region containing…

So why do gaslighting pundits say otherwise?

Globally, the meat industry slaughters between 70 billion and 150 billion animals each year. But crop production also carries a heavy toll. The best estimate for how many wild animals die annually in crop monocultures is about 7.3 billion. …

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DALLAS, Texas — In recent weeks American security forces staged a militant nationwide crackdown on peaceful protesters assembling in public squares across the United States to demand cities reallocate policing money to social programs.

The violent police actions failed to stamp out the protest movement, but they fomented riots and…

Some Christians think repentance is the solution to police brutality

On a street corner in downtown Dallas, a white guy, maybe in his 40s, with a protruding brow, thick biceps, a trim physique, and a mic and speaker, was preaching.

At least four people supported him, a white man in his late teens or early 20s, a black man about…

We don’t know how many animals there are

Early every spring, dozens of bounty hunters canvass the hilly brush country of West Texas for western diamondback rattlesnakes.

The hunters know where they’re going. They’ve done this before, seen preceding generations do the same. Some talk about the dens they search as “my dens.” They have relationships with ranchers…

Aaron Hedge

I like to write about human-wildlife relationships, mostly.

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