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.

Jonah Mix: Civilization is a Pragmatic Vampire

By Jonah Mix / Deep Green Resistance Salish Sea Henry Ford is a shining example of two great American traditions: Amoral, hardheaded industrialism and unapologetic racial hatred. He hated Jews; his pamphlet The International Jew was singularly responsible for the anti-Semitism of Hitler Youth Leader and mass murderer Baldur von Schirach, while the Holocaust’s chief … Continue reading Jonah Mix: Civilization is a Pragmatic Vampire

Group Rooted in the Desert Looks Out for Migrants

By FERNANDA SANTOS, The New York Times Published: August 2, 2013 ARIVACA, Ariz. — Monsoon rains tinge the desert with deceptive hints of green at this time of the year, but migrants crossing illegally from Mexico continue to risk death from thirst and exposure in the blazing heat. A fortunate few who become lost might stumble … Continue reading Group Rooted in the Desert Looks Out for Migrants

Adon Apamea: Dubai and the Fantasies of Civilization

By Adon Apamea / Deep Green Resistance Middle East & North Africa Dubai is an interesting city. A thriving futuristic metropolis in the heart of the desert considered to be the crown jewel of modernity with indoor ski resorts, gulf courses, fully computerized metros, giant air-conditioned shopping malls, and the tallest skyscrapers in the world. … Continue reading Adon Apamea: Dubai and the Fantasies of Civilization

No Innocence Left to Kill: Racism, Injustice, and Explaining America to My Daughter

By Tim Wise / timwise.org You remember, forever and forever, that moment when you first discover the cruelties and injustices of the world, and having been ill-prepared for them, your heart breaks open. I mean really discover them, and for yourself; not because someone else told you to see the elephant standing, gigantic and unrelenting in the … Continue reading No Innocence Left to Kill: Racism, Injustice, and Explaining America to My Daughter

Oppression

It is likely that oppression has existed since the start of civilisation about 10,000 years ago when agriculture took hold. Once humans were settled in one place tending crops instead of hunter gathering, they would store any excess for low harvest years. As groups got larger these stores would need to be guarded resulting in … Continue reading Oppression

Max Wilbert: We Choose to Speak

By Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance Great Basin I’m writing this at 68 miles per hour in the left lane of I-5. The freeway is 8 lanes wide here, a laceration running north and south for 1500 miles. It is a major corridor of human trafficking. A river of oil, a friend calls it. … Continue reading Max Wilbert: We Choose to Speak

Owen Lloyd: Gold Rush and the Invasion of California

By Owen Lloyd / DGR News Service There is a great deal of sentimentality in California around the gold rush that begun in 1848. A recent textbook described the rush as a sort of prototype for the American dream: a “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck”. [1] The cherished myth goes … Continue reading Owen Lloyd: Gold Rush and the Invasion of California

Study suggests U.S. Army tested radioactive chemicals on poor black neighborhoods

By David Edwards / The Raw Story A college professor from St. Louis, Missouri has released research claiming that the U.S. Army conducted secret Cold War tests by spraying toxic radioactive chemicals on cities like St. Louis and Corpus Christi. St. Louis Community College-Meramec sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor told The Associated Press that her research … Continue reading Study suggests U.S. Army tested radioactive chemicals on poor black neighborhoods

US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor

By Steven Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman / TomsDispatch Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world.  Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work.  The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers … Continue reading US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor

Mining firm Glencore accused of child mine labor and dumping raw acid into a river

By John Sweeney / The Guardian Glencore, the commodity and mining firm worth £27bn, stands accused in the Democratic Republic of Congo of dumping raw acid and profiting from children working 150ft underground. The revelations come as the notoriously secretive Swiss-based company, which floated on the London Stock Exchange last year, seeks to merge with … Continue reading Mining firm Glencore accused of child mine labor and dumping raw acid into a river