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The Ravening

Ravening:

monster raven red shirtHybridized noun, a feeling of desperate, predatory hunger, such as that felt by a monstrous raven, looming over a subdued animal that it intends to enjoy as its next meal.

Ravening is also a t-shirt, featuring a graphic image to fit this irregular definition.

The shirt is made in the U.S.A. because, although we need to make enough money to keep Irregular Times going, we’re not so ravening as to try to make an extra few dollars of profit by exploiting the vulnerability of workers who are forced to submit themselves to sweatshop conditions. We believe that the United States is hankering, if not downright ravening, for a renewal of its manufacturing base, and made in the U.S.A. garments are good place to start.

Mohandas K. Gandhi was not the sort to encourage a ravening attitude, but for those things people needed, like clothes, he suggested that people buy what was made close to home. He called it homespun. We call it made in the U.S.A.

The important thing about the movement to buy things made here in the U.S.A. is that participants actually, you know, buy things made in the U.S.A. Gandhi asked, of the movement to resist British control over India, “How many of those who registered their vote in favour of non-co-operation have taken to hand-spinning or discarded the use of all foreign cloth?” We can ask the same question here and now. Many people talk about rebuilding the manufacturing sector of the American economy, and of the injustice of buying cheap clothes made by children in overseas sweatshops. How many of those who speak of such issues actually buy American-made clothes?

Do what you can. Tone down your ravening for clothes made inexpensively through unethical practices. Get yourself a little homespun.

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