Re: SOC: Kirkpatrick Sale's "Bioregionalism"

Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 09:30:51 MDT

In a message dated 3/28/01 2:15:40 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

> 1. Funny, but I recall from my reading of American history that the white
> Southern slave-owning class made similar arguments in defense of its
> "lifestyle." There is a long tradition in the South of questioning,
> criticizing and rejecting the market-driven values associated with the
> capitalist North, even though the plantation owners were just as market
> conscious as anyone could be. Perhaps the neo-Confederacy movement will
> latch onto Bioregionalism as intellectual support for its attempt at
> re-secession (and re-segregation, no doubt).

It's already happening. Strangely enough, this seems most clear in the "deep
ecology" stuff I see coming out of the UK, where ex-National Front types are
now talking up a kind of racialist separatism that uses the rhetoric of "deep
ecology" to rationalize a return to ethnically "pure" "folk regimes".

> 2. If Sale is so concerned about people's well-being, where does he
> us to get our fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter? Apparently he
> would oppose our Boreal habit of buying peaches, grapes and berries
> from Chile and New Zealand in January.

This is addressed in the deep ecology and bioregionalist writing. They
utterly reject the idea of this kind of trade, which is consistent with their
"anti-globalist" mentality. As far as they're concerned, if you can't grow
it locally, you can't eat it.

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