[Marxism] The Biggest Little Farm; Lobster War | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Fri Apr 26 06:51:10 MDT 2019
Two new documentaries tackle the all-important question of our age,
namely how humanity and nature can co-exist in a period of
insurmountable capitalist contradiction, especially when humanity takes
the form of small businesspeople hoping to exploit natural resources
Opening at The Landmark at 57 West on May 10th, “The Biggest Little
Farm” is a stunningly dramatic portrait of a husband and wife trying to
create an ecotopian Garden of Eden forty miles north of Los Angeles.
(Nationwide screening info is here.)
Idealist to a fault but utterly inexperienced as farmers, they encounter
one obstacle after another in the hope of doing well by doing good.
Essentially, they discover that by creating a bounteous yield of edibles
destined for the organic foods market, they also attract a plague of
gophers, coyotes, starlings and snails that see their farm as a dinner
plate. Trying to balance their ecotopian values with the appetites of
the animal kingdom becomes an ordeal they never anticipated.
Utterly indifferent to ecological values, the lobster fishermen depicted
in Bullfrog Film’s “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest
Fishing Grounds” are family and village-oriented. As long as they can
haul in the valuable crustaceans and keep themselves and their
respective towns in Maine and Canada prosperous, nothing much else
matters. Not being able to see outside the box, they symbolize the
short-term mindset of the ruling class. If lobsters become extinct
because of unsustainable practices, the fishermen might turn to other
profitable marine life. But when all animals become extinct except for
rodents, pigeons and cockroaches, homo sapiens will be next in line.
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