Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization

Planet of the Humans: Why Technology Won’t Save Us

In this critical review, Elisabeth Robson reacts to the newly released environmental documentary Planet of the Humans. The film explains why technology won’t save us and leads viewers to question the industrial paradigm. Liberals have been quick to attack the film, mistaking it for a pro-fossil or pro-nuclear fuel argument, and recognizing that critiquing “green” energy … Continue reading Planet of the Humans: Why Technology Won’t Save Us

The Rise of Coronavirus Surveillance

Coronavirus is leading to expansions in surveillance around the world. This article discusses implications and what we can do to protect ourselves. By Max Wilbert & Salonika Fear is a powerful force. Fear is not just an emotion: it is a state of heightened physiological arousal. Fear lowers our immunity. Fear makes careful decision-making difficult. … Continue reading The Rise of Coronavirus Surveillance

How Can We Hold Corporations Accountable?

Corporations are driven by a necessity to privatize profits and externalize costs. In this article, Suresh Balraj highlights how the concept of limited liability further reduces the accountability of corporations to the consequences of their actions, and asks “how can we hold corporations accountable?” The Myth of Limited Liability By Suresh Balraj Prof. Nicholas Murray, … Continue reading How Can We Hold Corporations Accountable?

Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

What is electric power worth? The coal power industry is responsible for an incredible amount of suffering and death via air, soil, water pollution and land destruction. This is not to mention the gathering climate crisis apocalypse. This piece, by DGR South Asia organizer Salonika, discusses the cost of coal. Reliance Power Accident in India … Continue reading Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

The Real Origins of Coronavirus Explained

Nicolas Casaux outlines the history of humankind, the domestication of animals, and how easily we share disease—the real origins of coronavirus.  By Nicolas Casaux There’s an apocryphal aphorism, often attributed to Rousseau, which states that “Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces”. Every day that passes is a new … Continue reading The Real Origins of Coronavirus Explained

Colonization and Resistance in the Philippine Archipelago

The Philippine archipelago was a Spanish colony for nearly 500 years, and a US colony for 50. Today, it is an economic colony. This episode of The Green Flame focuses on the history of the Archipelago (decolonized name for the Philippines). Our interview is with Neneth, a longtime revolutionary and organizer based on the northern … Continue reading Colonization and Resistance in the Philippine Archipelago

The Collapse of American Empire

Whether by war, famine, resource depletion, socioeconomic failure, or destruction of the natural environment, all empires eventually crumble. What will happen when the collapse of the American empire culminates? By Max Wilbert History is a graveyard of civilizations: the Western Chou, the Mayan, the Harappan, the Mesopotamian, the Olmec, the Chacoans, the Hohokam, the Mississippian, … Continue reading The Collapse of American Empire

Food Shortages During Coronavirus Crisis

This culture prioritizes the hoarding of private wealth over the public good. While billionaires enjoy their riches, the masses live on the brink of starvation. Food shortages during coronavirus are accelerating, and are a reminder of the importance of rebuilding local, sustainable food systems. We cannot rely on the globalized economy any longer. It is … Continue reading Food Shortages During Coronavirus Crisis

Overshoot: Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet

Our planet has a carrying capacity for each species with a particular way of life. Industrialized humans (in fact, civilized societies in general) have exceeded that carrying capacity by both our population and our extraction-based way of life. The assumption that an infinite growth is possible in a finite planet is inherently flawed. Any system … Continue reading Overshoot: Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet

What Can We Learn From Coronavirus?

Those who frame coronavirus as an enemy are wrong. A virus, no matter how destructive to us and those we love, is but another part of life on this planet. Even if you accept the language of war, remember Ovid’s words: “Fas est et ab hoste doceri.” It is right to learn, even from the … Continue reading What Can We Learn From Coronavirus?