The modern environmental movement began some 40 years ago, and by virtually every metric, the state of the planet has spiraled horrifically into catastrophe since then.
Air, the world over, is more polluted and congested with poisons than ever before. Water available to ecosystems and people is reduced every year as more and more is stolen for industry and corporate agriculture, and what is left over is increasing toxified; 80% of rivers in the U.S. no longer support life. On this continent, 98% of native forests have been felled forever, the insanity of their murder driven more by an over-abundance of timber mills and public subsidies than actual consumer demand. Climate change proceeds ever faster apace, and this summer, 97% of Greenland’s surface ice melted in seven days, and the entirety of North America was ravaged by extreme weather. Industrial fishing has devastated our oceans, and now 90% of large fish are extinct. Every day 200 species are extirpated forever.
The death machine of industrial civilization speeds ever apace, accelerating daily as it dismantles the living systems of earth. If it is to be stopped, we cannot afford any qualms about using any and all means available to halt it in its bloody tracks. Time is short, and militant, underground resistance is required if we are to decisively stop the powerful from exploiting the marginalized and destroying the planet. Attacks on the physical infrastructure of this corrupt arrangement of power—the oil, electric, and industrial infrastructure that prop it up and keep it functioning—are the surest route to a livable, desirable future.
But such serious and determined resistance doesn’t appear in a vacuum; it grows from an uncompromising culture of resistance, a culture that not only embraces the need to fight back, but that makes resistance its mandate.
Deep Green Resistance is working to build that culture of resistance, and as one small part of that, we’re introducing Time is Short: Reports, Reflections & Analysis on Underground Resistance, a weekly column dedicated to promoting and normalizing underground resistance, as well as dissecting and studying its forms and implementation. Be on the lookout for essays and articles about underground resistance, surveys of current and historical resistance movements, militant theory and praxis, strategic analysis, and more.
Underground and militant organizations and tactics have been a major part of nearly all social movements for the undeniably compelling reason that they are effective. And with everything worth loving at stake, that must be our metric. As an aboveground organization, we must dare to speak out in support of such resistance, dare to call for radical underground resistance, and dare to defend and openly celebrate it whenever it does take place.
Talking openly about such radical action, dissecting and studying the organization, tactics and strategies of past movements, we hope to help create an encouraging dialogue of learning, growth, and—of course—resistance.
In these times, in light of the ongoing omnicide inflicted by the dominant culture against life, it becomes a duty to unflinchingly embrace, advocate, defend and celebrate underground resistance. Another 200 species disappeared from the world forever today, and they were our kin. They will continue vanishing until we muster the collective courage to move beyond our fears and hesitations (however legitimate they may be), to decisively stop their murders; to dismantle the industrial system that is killing everything by any means necessary.
Time is Short: Reports, Reflections & Analysis on Underground Resistance is a biweekly bulletin dedicated to promoting and normalizing underground resistance, as well as dissecting and studying its forms and implementation, including essays and articles about underground resistance, surveys of current and historical resistance movements, militant theory and praxis, strategic analysis, and more. We welcome you to contact us with comments, questions, or other ideas at timeisshort at deepgreenresistance.org (replace ‘ at ‘ with @)