Rakim Brooks on Urban Poverty and Environmentalism

Topic: Social Justice, Environmentalism, and Animal Rights

Institution: Demos, Oxford University

Bio: Rakim Brooks is the Ed Baker Fellow for Democratic Values at Demos (pronounced Dee-mos), a Progressive think tank based in New York City. He is also a Doctoral student and a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. A graduate of Brown University, where he studied Africana Studies, Rakim’s main areas of research are political theory, history, and social justice.

Episode Summary: Rakim’s work at Single-Stop USA; Culture of Poverty and structural theories of poverty; the philosophy and political economy of environmentalism, in particular, the animal rights movement; shifting baselines with urbanization and how that affects how humans understand the world and how they relate to the natural environment; ethics of environmentalism – de-ontological vs consequentialist perspectives.

Rakim’s Top Three:

1. James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time

2. John Steinbeck: East of Eden

3. Danielle Allen: Why Plato Wrote


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Intro/Outtro music: Edgar Meyer, Bella Fleck, Mike Marshal, “Sliding Down” in Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

Interlude:  O’Connor, “Appalachia Waltz” in Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology