Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions

According to social justice activist and political-philosopher Iris Marion Young, there are five faces of oppression that an oppressed social group can experience: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, and cultural imperialism. Exploitation looks at how wealth is unequally distributed and is persistent in institutional structures; Marginalization is the exclusion of people or social groups from economicContinue reading “Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions”

Empathize

We often conceive of the world as only one way and it is the way in which we perceive it. But most of us acknowledge that we have different perceptions and values—that’s why we have different religions and different political parties and different food preferences. When we don’t accept others’ perspectives as truths, we createContinue reading “Empathize”

The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US

Note: I am not Native nor can I speak of the first-hand experiences of Native Americans. The information I am sharing mainly comes from my education through a Native American Studies course and Native-authored sources. The colonization of Indigenous women has persisted even in the ‘post-colonial’ era. Specifically, colonialism promoted a shift from an egalitarianContinue reading “The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US”

The Year of Mother Earth

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the 100th anniversary of white women’s right to vote in the United States. With the anniversary of two historical movements colliding, a reflection on our progress is warranted.Continue reading “The Year of Mother Earth”

The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions

The imperative for tomorrow’s economy to be more prosperous than today’s puts capitalism in a bind that necessitates resource extraction and pollution while also reducing costs or labor, which furthers wealth inequality and the polarization of humanity into producing and consuming classes (See Parts I and II). There are two general solutions to prevent theContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions”

The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems

Capitalism necessitates that tomorrow’s economy is better than today’s; however, the viability of the continued economic expansion is threatened by both environmental and societal degradation. Previously, I discussed how the growth imperative promotes overconsumption that results in unsustainable resource extraction and cumulatively disastrous wastes (See Part I here). The other front that increasingly threatens tomorrow’sContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems”

The Growth Imperative Part I: Environmental Problems

Capitalism is a bubble in the sense that it is based on speculation that tomorrow’s economy will be better than today’s. If Betty Banker invests in Jeremy Jam’s preserve shop and the economy is favorable, they both earn wealth from the initial investment. However, if the economy is stunted and no one can afford toContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part I: Environmental Problems”

The Water-Energy-Food nexus: A guiding light or a continuation of power relations?

Increasingly, policy-makers are using the emerging concept, water-energy-food nexus, to address issues of resource insecurity as interlinked systems by mainly focusing on the role of water. Unfortunately, power relations have framed this nexus idea. As such, it has severe implications for marginalised populations.

Gender & Food Sovereignty: Examples from Latin America

Gender inequality and hunger are very much interconnected both globally and regionally. Not only does hunger reduce school attendance more for girls than boys, but 60% of undernourished people are women or girls around the globe. Unfortunately, many women are excluded from participating in decisions regarding their communities’ agricultural policy and food production, consumption, and distribution systems,Continue reading “Gender & Food Sovereignty: Examples from Latin America”