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.

Racism in the UK

The UK has never stopped being a racist country, but the vote to leave the EU has given more confidence to many racists. Racist attacks are on the rise. Now more than ever, “white people” like me need to use our privileges to support groups like Black Lives Matter. ... Continue reading →

Layla and the Owl’s Eyes: Ecopsychology and Being Human

Recently walking up Main Street in Park City, Utah, I saw in the Visitor’s Center doorway what looked like a man holding a great-horned owl surrounded by children. As his voice carried across the street, I heard the man explain that this owl had been found with an injured wing after being struck by a car. I love owls. I love the haunting sound of their hoots in the darkest hours before dawn. I love the joy that accompanies the lucky sight of a splash of brown feathers against newly-fallen snow when an owl makes the rare decision to reveal herself in winter daylight. I love how owls’ mysterious nature have made them omens in so many cultures’ imaginations. So, when I saw what I thought was a great-horned owl, I automatically crossed the street with a feeling of anticipation. ... Continue reading →

Women cannot be afforded human status in a world where prostitution exists

I’m not telling my story in search of pity; none of us want your pity. I tell it as testimony to the bare truth of what prostitution is, the truth that every day is drenched in lies. I’m telling this truth not for myself but for all the women who are still suffering and all … Continue reading Women cannot be afforded human status in a world where prostitution exists

Definition of Civilization

Aric McBay Originally published at inthewake.org When some people hear that we want to “end civilization” they initially respond negatively, because of their positive associations with the word “civilization.” This piece is an attempt to clarify, define and describe what I mean by “civilization.” One dictionary definition1 reads: civilization a society in an advanced state … Continue reading Definition of Civilization

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

Strengthen Collectivity: Combat Individualism

By Stephanie McMillan / One Struggle This essay originally appeared in Idées Nouvelles Idées Prolétariennes.  Featured artwork by Stephanie McMillan Individualism is the ideology of competition, of capitalism. It consists of prioritizing one’s perceived immediate personal interests above collective interests, and being blind to the fact that one’s long-term personal interests actually correspond to the interests of … Continue reading Strengthen Collectivity: Combat Individualism

Dominican Republic Cane Cutters & Haitian Garment Workers Meet to Voice Their Own Demands

By One Struggle On what I earn, I can’t afford shoes… We are poor, poor, poor. There are days we go to bed without food. – Batey worker from the film, “The Price of Sugar” In the sugar plantations or bateyes of Dominican Republic, cane cutters often work barefoot. They can’t afford shoes. They can … Continue reading Dominican Republic Cane Cutters & Haitian Garment Workers Meet to Voice Their Own Demands

21st Century Manifest Destiny on the U.S.-Mexico Border

     by Todd Miller / nacla It was a typical scene for many on the Tohono O’odham Nation: a Border Patrol agent pulled behind us in a green-striped vehicle after we had stopped to check directions. We were a group of five people in two cars. We had no idea what they wanted. Documentary filmmaker … Continue reading 21st Century Manifest Destiny on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Why did the Australian aborigines never adopt agriculture?

by Kim Hill, Deep Green Resistance Australia Why did the Australian aborigines never develop agriculture? This question was posed in the process of designing an indigenous food garden, and I could hear the underlying assumptions of the enquirer in his tone. Our culture teaches that agriculture is a more desirable way to live than hunting … Continue reading Why did the Australian aborigines never adopt agriculture?

Dominique Christina: Culturalized Brutality In Four Part (Dis)Harmony

Thoughts on Dylan Roof, The Charleston Shooting, The Spectacle of Death, & The Roanoke Killings by Dominique Christina / Deep Green Resistance I hate writing about this stuff… But today in Roanoke Virginia, a black man gunned down three people on live television, killing two of them. He even held a camera phone up to … Continue reading Dominique Christina: Culturalized Brutality In Four Part (Dis)Harmony