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Out of the Ashes: An interview with Judith Herman

Violence and Its Aftermath      by Derrick Jensen A different version of this interview appeared in A Language Older Than Words Derrick Jensen: What is the relationship between atrocity and silence? Judith Herman: Atrocities are actions so horrifying they go beyond words. For people who witness or experience atrocities, there is a kind of silencing that … Continue reading Out of the Ashes: An interview with Judith Herman

You Can’t Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too

Let’s expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running       by  Derrick Jensen and Frank Joseph Smecker / Truthout   With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it’s terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this – the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of … Continue reading You Can’t Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too

Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s  February 23, 2014 Resistance Radio interview with Lierre Keith.  You can read Part 1 here, and listen to the interview here. Jensen:  Let’s just use an example of the local Tolowa Indians, who lived here for at least 12,500 years. Their lifestyle was based—their food, a lot … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 2

Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s  February 23, 2014 Resistance Radio interview with Lierre Keith. Jensen: Today’s guest is Lierre Keith, the author of multiple books including The Vegetarian Myth and Deep Green Resistance. Jared Diamond has said that agriculture is the biggest mistake that humans ever made, and Dick Manning had … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 1

Derrick Jensen: Forget Shorter Showers

Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”? ... Continue reading →

Is the World a Better Place Because You Were Born?

by Derrick Jensen / Deep Green Resistance I was asked to speak about the state of the planet, and to do it in under five minutes. I can do it in three. The world is being murdered, flayed alive, poisoned, gutted, dismembered. Every biological indicator is going the wrong direction. And it’s getting worse by … Continue reading Is the World a Better Place Because You Were Born?

Earth At Risk 2014 Videos Available

Earth At Risk, sponsored by Fertile Ground Institute in November 2014, featured many of today’s most important activists and thinkers in environmentalism, anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, radical feminism, and anti-racism. With keynote speakers Derrick Jensen, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, and Thomas Linzey; plus multiple panels, the event was full of insightful and inspiring discussions. … Continue reading Earth At Risk 2014 Videos Available

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

     by Derrick Jensen When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable negative consequences of this … Continue reading One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

Derrick Jensen: Democracy of Destruction

When the will of the people spells demise for the planet By Derrick Jensen / Deep Green Resistance The United States is not a democracy. It is more accurate to say we live in a plutocracy — a government of, by, and for the wealthy — or more accurate still, a kleptocracy — a government … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: Democracy of Destruction

Derrick Jensen: Culture of Plunder

Featured image: Mining in Seite Suyos, Bolivia. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons user Mach Marco) By Derrick Jensen / Deep Green Resistance When living the dream means others will die I want to tell you three stories of winning and losing, of selfishness and sacrifice, of this culture. Story one. Last spring I gave a talk in a small farming … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: Culture of Plunder