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New Media We Recommend

May 4, 2012

Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.

Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, by Michele Simon – Wonderfully researched, Appetite for Profit is an excellent expose of what is wrong with the food system we have in the US. Written by a public health attorney, the book systematically dissects the food system, food corporations, fast food, processed foods, food labeling, government policy and how junk food is marketed to children. Simon makes a strong case that the problem doesn’t so much stem from individual food choices as the food system that is more concerned about profit than the health and well being of the populace.

Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State, by David PriceWeaponizing Anthropology is a brilliant analyses of not only how the social sciences are increasingly becoming an integral part of the warfare state but also how knowledge and culture are subject to new modes of militarization, organized in multiple new ways for the production of state violence. Price makes the argument that more and more that the military industrial complex is utilizing social sciences, often through universities, to deepen the ways in which the US imperial project can manipulate and control populations. A disturbing book that shatters any naïve and simplistic understanding of how the US military functions.

The Story of the Iron Column: Militant Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War, by Abel Paz – A first hand account of how anarchist organizing worked in revolutionary Spain during the late 1930s. Abel Paz, a teenager during the Spanish Civil War, gives us a rich account of the highly organized and militant campaigns by Spanish anarchists that controlled much of the country before Franco’s army suppressed their experiment in self-governance. The book is translated from Spanish and is at times a bit choppy, but the content and the story telling are incredible. Highly recommended.

Living Downstream (DVD) – Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film. This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey—the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. The film follows these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. These chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer. Steingraber calls on all of us to be carcinogen abolitionists, where instead of just treating cancer, we abolish it.

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