In Praise of Voltaire

It has a clunky title, but Stan Cox’s latest piece in Alternet is something I can get behind. It’s called Turning Your Lawn into a Victory Garden Won’t Save You — Fighting the Corporations Will.

The title and pull quotes distract from the more subtle workings of the argument. For instance, the editors suggest that “corporate agriculture … would like nothing better than to see us spend all of our free time in our gardens and not in political dissent.” Cox argues that the answer lies in both growing food (which requires land reform) and fighting corporate power, and trots out Voltaire as the kind of person who did both. Good stuff, and well worth a read. I’m looking forward to reading his
“Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine
.

Via jg.