Articles by: Joseph Grosso

Growing Small: The Nihilism of Degrowth

Growing Small: The Nihilism of Degrowth

   ‘Is it possible for machines made from industrial civilization to save us from industrial civilization?’- Planet of the Humans General complaints against ‘industrial civilization’ in its various forms have always been the most reactionary of sentiments. Indeed, for a long time that was the very point. Longing for the days of pre-industrialization and was always the realm of aristocracies,[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 Counter Solutions
The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

       On August 7th, 2019, in what was billed by Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, as the largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history, ICE raided seven poultry packing plants in Mississippi. The plants included three owned by Peco Foods, one owned by Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, one Pearl River Foods in Carthage,[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On

Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On

 If motivated to find the pinnacle of callous and hypocritical American statecraft one would have no shortage of choices. Of course the Middle East alone provides quite a bevy. From the numerous betrayals of the Kurds, to the ceaseless support for the House of Saud, including in its brutal war in Yemen, to the billions of dollars regularly pumped into[Read More…]

November 23, 2019 World
Taking Stock: Low Wages In A Rigged Economy

Taking Stock: Low Wages In A Rigged Economy

Among the many banalities of partisan rhetoric is a rationalizing of the Dow Jones when it is falling or stagnant and a fetishizing of it when it is ascendant. Countless social media memes, not to mention articles in the business press, have be written comparing the stock market performance during Trump’s first year in office to Obama’s first year. This[Read More…]

March 1, 2018 World
The Urban Housing Crisis: Time To Rebuild Public Housing

The Urban Housing Crisis: Time To Rebuild Public Housing

On January 19th the New York Times ran a story that probably caused a certain class of readers to do a double-take. It turns out that a year has gone by without there being a single shooting in the Queensbridge Houses. As for a homicide it’s been almost two years. The famous, or long derided as ‘infamous’, 96 building Queensbridge[Read More…]

February 14, 2017 Human Rights
The Fire This Time: The Urban Housing Crisis

The Fire This Time: The Urban Housing Crisis

       A pair of headlines the past two weeks illustrated the gruesome underbelly of the urban housing crisis. Last Wednesday night in the Bronx two young homeless sisters, aged 2 and 1, were found dead after a malfunctioning radiator in the room they shared caused steam to spew into the room inflicting severe burns on the girls. The building, part[Read More…]

December 16, 2016 World