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Utah Public Lands Cynicism

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On May 11, 2018
Fresh off a two-decade effort to eviscerate the national monuments on Utah’s public lands, the state’s Republican lawmakers are engaging in a deeply cynical attempt to create a few small protected spaces in order to develop the resources on everything else. A new land bill introduced in Congress Wednesday seeks to set aside more than […]
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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s 2015 book, The Mushroom at the End of the World, is simply one of the best academic works I have read in years. Tsing examines the matsutake mushroom–a prized food to give as gifts in Japanese culture–as an entrypoint into a ruined, extremely late capitalist world where older ideas of progress cannot […]
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While driving in eastern Oregon the other day, I saw a bald eagle. And it was great. I’ve seen them before, but it’s always a treat. And as an environmental historian (which is my actual professional training, not labor history), I am always reminded how close this wonderful creature came to extinction. But do you […]

Passenger Pigeon

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On December 17, 2017

One of the most important and horrible stories of environmental degradation in the United States is the rapid decline of the passenger pigeon from perhaps the most common bird in North America to comp

The Monuments

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On December 4, 2017

I hate these people so much. President Donald Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in t

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Climate and Capitalism

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On November 21, 2017
One doesn’t expect to see a full rant against capitalism in the New York Times, but I guess we are moving into different times. Benjamin Fong’s op-ed about capitalism being the problem in dealing with climate change reads exactly like something one would read in Jacobin, for good and for problematic. I compare this to […]
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