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 Black Community as Internal Colony: Afeni Shakur, 1970

Afeni Shakur is best known as the mother of the hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. What is less well known is that she was a member of the Harlem chapter of the Black Panther Party, a dedicated revolutionary who served time in jail for her political activities. Freedom Archives says her work “shaped the political discourse … Continue reading The Black Community as Internal Colony: Afeni Shakur, 1970

What Zoos Really Teach Our Children

From Zoos to Concentration Camps, A Culture of Cages From chattel slavery to modern immigrant concentration camps to zoos and aquariums to private prisons, we live in a culture of cages. Understanding this system, and the ideology behind it, is essential to fighting it. This statement on zoos and aquariums comes from the Deep Green … Continue reading What Zoos Really Teach Our Children

The “Just World” Hypothesis

Belief in a Just World – And What it Means for Resistance By Salonika Many people hold a strong belief that justice is an inalienable right of every individual, and that the current social, economic and political systems ensure that justice is delivered. The belief that actions and conditions have predictable and just consequences is … Continue reading The “Just World” Hypothesis

The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

By Max Wilbert As the world moves further into a state of climate crisis, it’s imperative that we study and critique the strategies being proposed to address greenhouse gas emissions, and develop our own strategies based on rigorous assessment of their effectiveness. Many of the strategies currently being pursued by the mainstream environmental movement hinge … Continue reading The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

The Creation of Patriarchy

Editors note: Gerda Lerner (1920-2013) was a historian, author and teacher. She was a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a visiting scholar at Duke University. Lerner was one of the founders of the field of women’s history, and was a former president of the Organization of American Historians. She taught … Continue reading The Creation of Patriarchy

Pornography and Patriarchy: An Interview with Gail Dines

Dr. Gail Dines is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Wheelock College in Boston. She’s the author of multiple books and articles, and has been described as the world’s leading expert on the effects of pornography. She’s the author of the highly acclaimed Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (Beacon Press); and co-editor of Gender, … Continue reading Pornography and Patriarchy: An Interview with Gail Dines

Response to Armed Attack on ICE Facility

In mid-July, an armed attack on ICE facilities in Tacoma, Washington took place. Here’s a  brief summary of what happened: Will Van Spronsen… was killed [on July 13th] while carrying out a raid against a migrant concentration camp in Tacoma, Washington State. Van Spronsen is thought to be the first person killed attempting to take … Continue reading Response to Armed Attack on ICE Facility

Hilla Kerner of Vancouver Rape Relief—Derrick Jensen Resistance Radio

Hilla Kerner joined Vancouver Rape Relief thirteen years ago. Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is the longest standing rape crisis centre in Canada.  Since 1973, the group who is self organized as a collective has responded to close to 46,000 women seeking support in their escape from male violence. Since they opened their transition … Continue reading Hilla Kerner of Vancouver Rape Relief—Derrick Jensen Resistance Radio

Indigenous Children are Dying at the U.S./Mexico Border

Editors Note: the international refugee crisis is driven by war, imperialism, and destruction of the planet. In other words, it is driven by civilization, or “the culture of empire.” DGR is opposed to empire and we see the refugee crisis as a humanitarian emergency. We believe that the best way to fight this crisis is … Continue reading Indigenous Children are Dying at the U.S./Mexico Border

Political Education for the Poor – An Advocacy for a New Political Awareness

Coming to a political consciousness is not a painless task. To overcome denial means facing the everyday, normative cruelty of a whole society, a society made up of millions of people who are participating in that cruelty, and if not directly, then as bystanders with benefits. A friend of mine who grew up in extreme … Continue reading Political Education for the Poor – An Advocacy for a New Political Awareness