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Link roundup: socialism, nutrition and social ecology

I used to post interesting links to Facebook. And I’d add some commentary when sharing them. But I try not to use Facebook anymore, except for some groups I’m in, so I’m likely going to start posting semi-regular link roundups on this site, as a way of sharing those links and commentary.

I may even post links to this blog on Facebook, once in a while, just until people get in the habit of visiting this site to see my random commentary (which, apparently, at least a couple of people found interesting and worth reading).

Without further ado, here are some things I’ve read online lately that I found interesting or noteworthy.

The nomination of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the Democratic candidate for New York’s 14th congressional district has got a lot of people talking about democratic socialism (even though she seems to be more of a Bernie Sanders-style social democrat). Hilariously, the right-wing media’s attempts to slander her end up promoting the ways in which average people stand to benefit from democratic socialism.

Maybe everyone should follow Nathan J Robinson’s advice to just stop worrying and embrace the left.

Moving on to a different type of politics, who really decides what goes into Canada’s food guide?

Continuing on the topic of nutrition, here’s more research showing that fat isn’t bad for us and it’s actually excessive carbohydrates causing heart disease.

This piece from David Suzuki on the Future of Nature doesn’t really say anything he and others haven’t said in the past, but I rather like this line:

Ecology is the study of the rules of sustainability, while economics is the management of our domain. Economics, therefore, should be applied under the laws of ecology.

That’s social ecology in a nutshell.

Suggesting that energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining might be the next big boom for Alberta, on the other hand, is a good example of putting economics before ecology.