A Different Form of Holocaust Denial

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I just learned of an upcoming NYC event called the “Animal Holocaust Memorial Service/March.” The first line of description on its Facebook page reads: “We live in a time when the longest running and most devastating holocaust is taking place right under our noses, yet just like the Holocaust during World War II, it is completely ignored.”

Upon encountering this predictable but counterproductive exhibition, I had two immediate thoughts:

  • The use of the word “holocaust” in relation to factory farming is semantically accurate but horribly insensitive and demonstrably ineffective.
  • The excuse that the world “didn’t know” about the Nazi Holocaust is an enduring and spurious fabrication.

Since one or both of these thoughts will be deemed “controversial” by some, please allow me to elaborate…

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Activism: Destroy/Create (“Occupy These Photos” preview)

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The global “problems” being exposed by activists are not merely flaws within a basically fixable configuration.

Economic inequality isn’t a hiccup.

Epidemics of preventable diseases are not an anomaly.

Institutional privilege and the oppression it creates are not systemic glitches.

Capitalism—hell, all of industrial civilization—cannot be tenderly reformed into sustainability.

Let’s not waste resources trying to tweak the dominant culture.

Let’s instead connect as broadly as possible to cultivate the coalitions we’ll need to navigate the looming collapse.

Let’s unite…to create a softer place to land.

Alicen Grey reviews “Occupy this Book”

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Alicen Grey, award-winning author of Wolves and Other Nightmares, had this to say about Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism… 

Mickey Z.’s latest literary brainchild, Occupy this Book, is at once reassuring and provocative. For those of us yet to join a movement towards social change, this fast-paced and info-packed little book will inspire you to start using your skills to catalyze social change. And for those of us who are already deeply immersed in the world of activism, this book will challenge you to keep your ego in check, and be more inclusive and considerate of those in your community. Approachable. Engaging. And oh so relevant. Every activist needs this book.

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COMING SOON: “Occupy These Photos”

Senator Cotton, Hitler, and “Appeasement”

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When the now-notorious freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) gave his maiden floor speech, he shared this quote: “The world is growing ever more dangerous, and our defense spending is wholly inadequate to confront the danger. To be exact, during the last four or five years, the world has grown gravely darker. We have steadily disarmed, partly with a sincere desire to give a lead to other countries and partly due to the severe financial pressure of the time. But a change must now be made. We must not continue longer on a course in which we alone are growing weaker while every other nation is growing stronger.”

To which he added: “I wish I could take credit for those eloquent but ominous words, but I cannot. Winston Churchill sounded that warning in 1933 as Adolf Hitler had taken power in Germany. Tragically, Great Britain and the West didn’t heed this warning, when they might have strangled that monster in his crib. Rather they let the locust continue to eat away at the common defense.”

What we’re taught about the years leading up to the Second World War involves alleged appeasement of the Third Reich, i.e. if only the Allies were stronger in their resolve, the Axis powers could have been stopped.

Having made that mistake once, the mantra goes, we can’t make it again.

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Flashback to my “acting” career

(Yep, that’s me in two hours worth of full zombie make-up at 39 seconds!)

The Veggie Pride Talk I Didn’t Give

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For the first time in many years, I’ve declined an offer to be the lead speaker at the annual Veggie Pride Parade in NYC’s Union Square Park. I learned the hard way that although the cheers have been loud, the local vegan/animal rights scene wasn’t actually hearing me. Since I’ve opted to no longer howl into an echo chamber, I’ll share my thoughts here instead.

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(Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism can be ordered here.)