[Marxism] The Biggest Little Farm; Lobster War | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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 
under duress.

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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