Endgame Premises Archives: 4: Civilization is based on hierarchy

Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted
yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierar-
chy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is
noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy
to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock,
horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

The Green Deceit of Deep Sea Mining

Editor’s note: Already threatened by overfishing, acidification, overheating, the collapse of coral reefs, declining plankton populations, plastic pollution, and deep sea oil drilling, the world’s oceans now face a new threat: mining, disguised as “green.” This piece, originally published in Counterpunch, describes the threat of deep sea mining. If you want to help protect the … Continue reading The Green Deceit of Deep Sea Mining

Is colonial history repeating itself with Sabah forest carbon deal? (commentary)

This story first appeared in Mongabay. Editor’s note: THE FIRST LARGE SCALE NATURE CONSERVATION AGREEMENT (NCA) IN THE WORLD. You should be afraid, very afraid. (NCA) is a different acronym for (NGO). It is the new colonialism, green , clean and renewable. The market will not solve climate change or loss of biodiversity. The market … Continue reading Is colonial history repeating itself with Sabah forest carbon deal? (commentary)

American Satyricon

This story first appeared in ScheerPost. By Chris Hedges The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell which began last week in Manhattan will not hold to account the powerful and wealthy men who are also complicit in the sexual assaults of girls as young as twelve Maxwell allegedly procured for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, … Continue reading American Satyricon

Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class

This story first appeared in Climate & Capitalism Deprived of land and common rights, the English poor were forced into wage-labor Articles in this series: Commons and classes before capitalism ‘Systematic theft of communal property’ Against Enclosure: The Commonwealth Men Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class by Ian Angus Who built the seven gates of … Continue reading Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class

In Turkey women faced rubber bullets, tear gas from police as they marched to end gender-based violence

This story first appeared in Global Voices. Protestors highlighted the increasing femicide and violence rates in Turkey By Arzu Geybullayeva Hundreds of women took the streets in Istanbul to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25. However, protestors were met with police violence, including tear gas and rubber … Continue reading In Turkey women faced rubber bullets, tear gas from police as they marched to end gender-based violence

El Salvador women’s group takes a stand for river system targeted by development

This story first appeared in Mongabay. By Maxwell Radwin Women in a rural part of El Salvador are leading an effort to stop urban development that could result in deforestation and loss of access to water. The Ciudad Valle El Ángel project involves the construction of stores, hotels and houses in Apopa municipality, an hour … Continue reading El Salvador women’s group takes a stand for river system targeted by development

The New Deal, racism and war

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Editor’s Note: All Empires are evil and they all fall, the sooner the better. A socialist society can be just as ecological destructive as a capitalist one. Better option to the development intensive Green New Deal would … Continue reading The New Deal, racism and war

Indigenous mine opponents targeted in raids during state of siege in Guatemala

This story was first published in Mongabay. By Sandra Cuffe In the midst of a long conflict and recent protest over a nickel mine in El Estor, in eastern Guatemala, police have carried out more than 40 raids and 60 arrests, and the government has declared a 30-day state of emergency. Indigenous Mayan opponents to … Continue reading Indigenous mine opponents targeted in raids during state of siege in Guatemala

Reading Ti-Grace Atkinson’s Amazon Odyssey: Resistance Means Being Revolutionary and Radical, Not Reactionary

By Jocelyn Crawley Women all over the world should be unequivocally enraged about the ongoing abuse, degradation, and harassment that members of the male-invented class “female” continue to experience in these ostensibly “progressive, postmodern” times. They apparently are not. I suspect this is because men in power have systematically obscured information that would enable women … Continue reading Reading Ti-Grace Atkinson’s Amazon Odyssey: Resistance Means Being Revolutionary and Radical, Not Reactionary

Three Indigenous delegates talk COP26 and what’s missing in Canada’s climate efforts

Editor’s note: You don’t have to be indigenous to love the land you live on but it certainly gives moral authority. And in the fight against settler colonialism gives a much greater legitimate claim to virtue. They don’t even follow their own rules. Broken Treaties. This story first appeared in The Narwhal. Indigenous Peoples bear … Continue reading Three Indigenous delegates talk COP26 and what’s missing in Canada’s climate efforts