Endgame Premises Archives: 3: Civilization is based on violence

Our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on,
requires, and would collapse very quickly without persistent and widespread
violence.

The Totalitarianism of Today — Part II

In this piece, Matej Kudláčik describes how a system that appears democratic, participatory, and free can actually conceal a profound totalitarianism. His argument has similarities to Sheldon Wolin’s conception of “inverted totalitarianism,” which Wolin described as being “all politics all of the time but politics largely untempered by the political. Party squabbles are occasionally on … Continue reading The Totalitarianism of Today — Part II

Transcript of Diane Wilson on Resistance Radio

Florence Nightingale, the English pioneer of modern nursing is quoted as saying, “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”  Editors note: Never give up your agency. If your goal is to save life on the planet, sometimes you have to sink your own boat.   Derrick Jensen This is Resistance … Continue reading Transcript of Diane Wilson on Resistance Radio

First Nations unite to fight industrial exploitation of Australia’s Martuwarra

This story first appeared in Mongabay. By Nick Rodway The Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, one of the country’s most ecologically and culturally significant waterways, is facing proposals of further agriculture and mining development, including irrigation and fracking. In response, First Nations communities in the region have developed different methods to … Continue reading First Nations unite to fight industrial exploitation of Australia’s Martuwarra

Rare Southern California Butterfly Protected as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

This story first appeared in Center for Biological Diversity. SAN DIEGO, Calif.— After nearly 30 years of petitions and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected one of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper butterfly, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated 35,000 … Continue reading Rare Southern California Butterfly Protected as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

Paths Forward: In Defense of “Utopian” Creativity (Part 1 of 2)

This story was first published in Learning Earthways. By George R. Price The oral traditions and origin stories of many Indigenous peoples, worldwide, include some stories of the endings of previous worlds. In such stories, the end of one world usually coincides with the beginning of a new world. Typically, the end of one world … Continue reading Paths Forward: In Defense of “Utopian” Creativity (Part 1 of 2)

Indigenous community saves Colombia’s poison dart frog from coca and logging

This story first appeared in Mongabay. Editor’s note: This is what environmental justice looks like. Not NGOs dictating what lands will be set aside for 30×30, which is just greenwashing colonialism. It is the people whose land it is making those decisions and the governments enforcing them. By Maxwell Radwin An Indigenous community in southwest … Continue reading Indigenous community saves Colombia’s poison dart frog from coca and logging

Statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network in Support of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples

This story was originally published by the Indigenous Environmental Network. The Indigenous Environmental Network condemns the actions of Canada as it inflicts settler violence against the Wet’suwet’en peoples, hypocritically breaking both Wet’suwet’en and Canadian law to push TC Energy’s illegal Coastal Gaslink pipeline through unceded territories. By entering sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory with RCMP, dogs and … Continue reading Statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network in Support of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples

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

Whales Will Save the World’s Climate—Unless the Military Destroys Them First

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. By Koohan Paik-Mander The U.S. military is famous for being the single largest consumer of petroleum products in the world and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its carbon emissions exceed those released by “more than 100 countries combined.” Now, with the Biden administration’s mandate to slash carbon … Continue reading Whales Will Save the World’s Climate—Unless the Military Destroys Them First

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