Re: SOC: Kirkpatrick Sale's "Bioregionalism"

From: Mark Plus (
Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 13:41:36 MDT

Greg Burch wrote,

>Subject: Re: SOC: Kirkpatrick Sale's "Bioregionalism"
>Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 11:30:51 EDT
>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
> > 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
> > 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
>ecology" stuff I see coming out of the UK, where ex-National Front types
>now talking up a kind of racialist separatism that uses the rhetoric of
>ecology" to rationalize a return to ethnically "pure" "folk regimes".

Ironically the Left has traditionally set itself up as the champion of the
racially oppressed. I guess its "advanced thinkers" are dumping their
nonwhite human constituency in favor of nonhuman nature, a constituency
which can't challenge or reject their authority and legitimacy.

> > 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
>"anti-globalist" mentality. As far as they're concerned, if you can't grow
>it locally, you can't eat it.

Again, I'm struck by the irony. These are the same kinds of people who
harangue us about becoming vegetarians. Modern agriculture and
globalization have done wonders for our diet when it comes to fruits and

Trans-millennially yours,

Mark Plus, Expansionary
"Working to make religion and death obsolescent in the 21st Century."

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