The Biotic Baking Brigade is a loosely connected group of activists famous for throwing pies in the faces of such figures as Bill Gates, San Francisco mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps, economist Milton Friedman, Swedish King Carl Gustaf, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, conservative journalist William F. Buckley, former WTO head Renato Ruggiero, and Ann Coulter, among others.
The group espouses a left-wing philosophy, with members also active in ecology, social justice, gay rights, animal rights, and feminist movements, with connections to groups like Earth First!, Food Not Bombs, and ACT UP. It opposes corporate neoliberalism as well as any institution or individual who intends to eliminate individual/local/regional/national autonomy, privatize industries and services, deregulate financial markets, hoodwink citizens into trusting “the invisible hand” of the market to protect them, and legislate corporate global dominance through such trade agreements as the North American Free Trade Agreement, Free Trade Area of the Americas, and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Fighting a guerrilla media and ground war with the titans of industry, these revolutionary bakers and pie-slingers have achieved in short order what can truly be called a Global Pastry Uprising (GPU). This uprising has its roots in the belief that our planet is not dying, it is being killed; and the ones doing the killing have names and faces. Since the GPU began in the late 20th century, dozens of prominent corporate executives, politicians, economists, and sell-out-non-governmental organization “leaders” have received their just desserts for crimes against people and the land.
An advantage to their form of dissent is that pie-throwing enjoys an illustrious history… It’s as American as apple pie. Satire has always been one of the last weapons of the dispossessed, as the widespread public support for this brand of pielitical pressure shows. The technocrats who dominate industrial society may call us radical and unrealistic, but the dream of a biodiverse and just future is one we will fight for until the day we pie. When it comes to defending the Earth from the corporate universe, the pie’s the limit!