From Watts to Ferguson

In 1965, the Watts Riots convulsed Los Angeles. In 2014, Ferguson, MO is the latest erruption of protest and looting. We will still be here¬†in another 50 years unless the nation’s fundamental inequalities are ameliorated. The demonstrations in Ferguson are ostensibly about the impunity with which the police executed a teenager, Mike Brown. However, that…

Food Ethics and Anthropology

A recent piece at Waging Nonviolence by Sangamithra Iyer usefully argues for the importance of the vegan dietary movement. Iyer traces the origin of the movement to an Englishman,¬†Donald Watson, who founded a group adopting vegan principles in 1944. Iyer notes the fanatical opposition from the corporate food industry and captured government agencies. Contemporary society…