Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Levine’

3P-068 12 Local Ordinances for Food Security

In this episode we describe 12 local ordinances that towns could use to protect food production and community sovereignty. These include distinguishing between agribusiness and smallholder farms, enabling sustainable student swaps, authorizing Backyard Farmer and Kitchen Baker Markets, allowing free trade between neighbors, and networking with other towns reclaiming their producer rights. First among these pioneering towns is Sedgwick, Maine, whose Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance we discuss, including its revolutionary stance on secession.

We quote from Joel Salatin’s “Everything I Want to Do is Illegal,” and from Richard Holtz in “An Extra Pair of Hands” from the Half Moon Bay Patch. The aging of the farm population is discussed, and the inability of young farmers to make a living with the onerous regulations and exorbitant cost of land. We also elucidate ag and oil subsidies, and look at their effect on farmers both in this country and others.

Poems:

  • “Praise Song” by Barbara Crooker
  • “Groundhog Day” by Lynn Ungar
  • “Millennium Blessing” by Stephen Levine

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Remaining Light” by God is an Astronaut
  • “Weather and Water” by Jedd Hughes
  • “We Can’t Make It Here” by James McMurtry

Included is an archive of the Sedgwick Local Food Ordinance and the powerpoint slides of the 12 Local Ordinances for Food Security, which I presented at Transition Santa Cruz’s “potluck with a purpose.” We also introduce the Urban Garden Share project of the Santa Cruz Local Food Working Group.

3P-060 The Bipolar Bipartisan

The Bipolar Bipartisan looks at bipartisanship as a compromise between two confusions. We examine critical thinking and how it’s been bred out, generation by generation. This leaves us vulnerable to being defeated through our own unexamined contradictions. We also look at that strange hybrid of capitalism and socialism, the consumer democracy. And we explore how Republicans and Democrats differ on a survey of happiness.

We also discuss Obama’s first-strike nuclear option towards Iran as a “spare the nuclear rod and spoil the colony” policy, and quote IPS and Diane Rehm on the topic. We puzzle over the apparent contradiction in the assassination order of the US-born Muslim cleric in Yemen. We compare the capitalist creed cited by pilot Joseph Stack to the socialist creed, both of which Ivan Illich would critique as part of the war on subsistence. We end with Bruce Gagnon and a clip from one of his lectures stating where both Republicans and Democrats agree.

Poems:

  • “Begin” by Rumi
  • “Half-Life” by Stephen Levine
  • “Love Letters” by Ikkyu
  • “Act Serious” by Tukaram

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Up All Night” by The Grails
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble”
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Talking Heads’ “Listening Wind”

Audio Clip and Chart

  • Ken Dowst’s New World Notes, “Bruce Gagnon on Endless War and the Economy”
  • Pew Research Center’s “Life Priorities by Party”

To listen or view the multimedia transcript, click here!