Against the Grain

Against Purity

We on the left find ourselves in a world that seems sullied in at every level — the air we breathe, the water we drink, the unequal social relations between people, and an exploitative relationship with the natural world.  Our answer, not surprisingly, is to struggle for more purity, both in our environment and in our political practice.  But, Alexis Shotwell suggests that, in our fight against the ravages of capitalism, purity is not the best way to come together collectively and change a damaged world.


Alexis Shotwell, Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times University of Minnesota Press, 2016

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