What follows is a selective list of my writing that appears elsewhere…
2015 on Allegra
This essay looks at the deeply felt woundedness around Bolivia’s loss of coastal territory to Chile, and the surprising notion that exporting natural gas from a Peruvian port could heal that wound.
At the end of the 1960s, just as anthropologists and clergy were stepping forward to denounce human rights violations against native peoples across the hemisphere, two episodes of violence against the closely related Guahibo and Cuiva peoples of the Colombian Llanos surfaced in the public eye. The first was the December 1967 massacre of sixteen Cuivas at La Rubiera Ranch near the Venezuelan border. The perpetrators’ forthright admission of a horrifying ambush and their professed ignorance of both the evil and the criminality of their actions provoked widespread shock and exposed the virulence of racism on the frontier. Then, in 1970, the Colombian military cracked down on a brief armed rebellion by members of a Guahibo agricultural cooperative in Planas, in the department of Meta. … By situating these two seemingly contrasting episodes as consequences of frontier making, I identify the role of globally circulating practices, knowledges, and fantasies in reproducing ways of life and ways of death on the frontier.
(2015, written with Chuck Munson for Agency)
(2004ish) A strategic reflection on Direct Action to Stop the War in the San Francisco Bay Area