EARTH FIRST! SUMMER 2017, $6.50, 8” x 10 ½”, 72 pgs.

Sep 20, 2017

Earth First! is a journal of ecological resistance. What was new this summer? First off, I want to say that we have no word from incarcerated presidential candidate Sean Swain, who is sort of the life of the Earth First! party. In the last issue, he used his column to concede Trump’s win against his own campaign to end “swivilization,” but I’m sure Swain would have plenty to say about the first one hundred days. He’s not in this issue, so I hope he’s doing well. Anyhow, this magazine is growing on me. I’m always learning some crazy history when I take the time to sit down with it. I learned about the other side of the story to Somali pirates, who started out as a ragtag defense against illegal dumping and fishing in their waters, and I read about one of the world’s largest arms fairs, too. It’s the Defence and Security Equipment International (notice British spelling), which happens in London, where, ironically, you can’t even own a gun. The Robocop-ish organization sells “drones, planes, weapons,” and military vehicles. Yikes. As the author puts it, “brutality and war starts at DSEI, where deals are made,” so maybe some protest at the source will mean less folks hurt in more dramatic protests later on. What else is happening in England? Fox hunts. Men in red suits ride horses and follow hounds that chase foxes to kill them. The Hunt Saboteurs Association has long objected to this practice and has had a history of throwing the dogs off the chase by tossing them delicious hunks of meat—a good day for dogs, a bad day for men! This and other stories await you. –Jim Joyce (Daily Planet Publishing, Earth First! Journal, PO Box 964, Lake Worth, FL 33460)