David N. Cassuto of Animal Blawg has posted a talk on ethics, the environment, and factory farming. He argues, among other things, that factory farms engage in de-animalizing animals (like we talk about how certain atrocities de-humanize humans). This is a point I tried to make about Agamben and bare life a long time ago, we say that this or that atrocity against humans is so bad because we treated them or reduce these humans to animals, what we are missing is that there is nothing normal or natural about our treat of animals to begin with. De-humanizations so often are part and parcel of a de-animalization.
Cameron Kunzelman, over at the Atlantic, argues for seeing the black tshirt as a type of invisibility cloak.
Over at the new issue of disclosure is an interview with Jane Guyer, Stuart Elden, Russ Castronovo, and Michael Hardt on the issues of security. Check it out (.pdf).
I really liked this review by Miguel de Beistegui of Heidegger's The Event. A sample:
Another response, formulated at exactly the same time, came from the French philosopher of mathematics and logician Jean Cavaillès. A philosopher of the concept in the very sense that Heidegger associates with "the extreme end of metaphysics," and thus entirely blind to the truth of beyng, he was nonetheless entirely lucid about the abomination of Nazi Germany, and acted accordingly, precisely at the time when Heidegger was writing The Event. He co-founded the resistance movement Libération-Sud in 1941 and set up the intelligence network Cohors-Asturies. He was tortured by the Gestapo in 1943, and shot in 1944. His philosophy of the concept didn't stop him from acting steadfastly. It may have even helped. (h/t, oh, both Stuart Elden and Peter Gratton).
Society and Space has a new Virtual Issue (that is where they take articles they have published on a theme over the years, and make them open access briefly) on Prisons. This being done to complement the US Carceral Society Forum.
James McWilliams has a short post that is critical of the philosophical system of the land ethic.
Speaking of James McWilliams, Christiane Bailey has a post about a recent talk he gave.
Ian McCormick has a new post on recent trends and theories around abjection, transgression, and the grotesque.
Roger Yates and Corey Wrenn each have posts about the need to see veganism not as a diet, but as a social justice subject formation.
Here is an open access review of Graham Harman's engagement with Bruno Latour. Interesting. (h/t Anthem).
Sometimes seeing an animal industry hack repeat his nonsense over and over again can still manage to shock. Like in this Washington Post column.
Speaking of which, check out the King Amendment to the Farm Bill, meant to overturn state regulations of animal industry.
This song from Breathe Owl Breathe, from their album Magic Central, has been out for a few years now. However, I just saw the music video today. Beautiful, haunting, cold!, all of that.