Endgame Premises Archives: 20: Economics drives social decisions

Within this culture, economics—not community well-
being, not morals, not ethics, not justice, not life itself—drives social decisions.
Modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily
(and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will increase the
monetary fortunes of the decision-makers and those they serve.
Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will
increase the power of the decision-makers and those they serve.
Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are founded primarily (and often exclusively) on the almost entirely unexamined belief that the
decision-makers and those they serve are entitled to magnify their power
and/or financial fortunes at the expense of those below.
Re-modification of Premise Twenty: If you dig to the heart of it—if there is
any heart left—you will find that social decisions are determined primarily on the basis of how well these decisions serve the ends of controlling or destroying wild nature.

Landmark Talks on Uncontacted Tribe Fail to Stop Logging

Featured image: There have been confrontations between the Ayoreo and the Paraguayan authorities in recent years, as the tribe have protested against the theft and destruction of their land.© GAT/ Survival      by Survival International Landmark talks between the Paraguayan government and a recently contacted tribe have yet to reach an agreement, allowing rampant deforestation to … Continue reading Landmark Talks on Uncontacted Tribe Fail to Stop Logging

One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

     by Derrick Jensen When I find myself in times of trouble, I’m less interested in Mother Mary’s wisdom than I am in Joe Hill’s: Don’t mourn; organize. There’s a sense in which Trump’s election is a surprise, similar to how we somehow seem to be continually surprised when easily predictable negative consequences of this … Continue reading One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise: On Donald Trump and How We Got Here

The Great Deceleration

In 2015, a major study of 24 indicators of human activity and environmental decline titled "The Great Acceleration" concluded that, “The last 60 years have without doubt seen the most profound transformation of the human relationship with the natural world in the history of humankind”.[1] We have all seen aspects of these trends, but to look at the study’s 24 graphs together is to apprehend, at a glance, the totality of the monstrous scale and speed of modern economic activity. According to lead author W. Steffen, “It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a planetary-scale geological force.” ... Continue reading →

Lawsuit Threatened Over Failure to Protect Endangered Nevada Fish

By Center for Biological Diversity LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management of its intent to sue the agencies for allowing groundwater pumping that will feed Las Vegas sprawl but would dry up the springs and aquifers that sustain the Moapa dace. … Continue reading Lawsuit Threatened Over Failure to Protect Endangered Nevada Fish

Sage Grouse Won’t Be Listed Under the Endangered Species Act; Politicians Celebrate

Today, the US Department of the Interior decided to not pursue listing the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. This species has declined more than 98% since 1988, from already reduced levels. Here are some reactions from Oregon politicians, who seem to celebrate the ruling — and we’re including some commentary of our … Continue reading Sage Grouse Won’t Be Listed Under the Endangered Species Act; Politicians Celebrate

Air Quality in the Uintah Basin of Utah is 8x Worse Than Los Angeles

Editor’s note: this op-ed from the activists at Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment covers the issue of air quality in the Uintah Basin of northeastern Utah, where a boom in fracking and oil drilling has led to more than 10,000 wells being drilled in the last decade or so. We’ve covered these issues in … Continue reading Air Quality in the Uintah Basin of Utah is 8x Worse Than Los Angeles

Destroy the World… and Feel Good About It

Members of Deep Green Resistance identify as ‘radicals’.  That term, however, means that we identify and address the root causes of  our planet’s ecological and social injustices; it does not mean ‘extremist’. On the other hand, we know of those who are extremists. The following article, by Derrick Jensen, is reposted from Fair Observer. Destroy … Continue reading Destroy the World… and Feel Good About It

Deep Green Resistance, Zoe Blunt, & indigenous anti-oil activists named as security threats

A report by the RCMP’s Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team reveals that Canada state surveillance of, and rhetoric about, grassroots environmental activists is not much different than in the US. We see the same false suppositions: The well being of the people aligns with that of exploitative corporations which destroy landbases and poison the land, water, … Continue reading Deep Green Resistance, Zoe Blunt, & indigenous anti-oil activists named as security threats

News from the Great Basin

“Protecting Sage Grouse in the Great Basin” “…Restoring native plants and biodiversity in the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of the Great Basin, where a massive invasion of non-native grasses, particularly cheatgrass, has turned millions of acres into a fire-prone monoculture. As Climate Progress has reported, finding innovative ways to beat back the cheatgrass invasion and restore sagebrush … Continue reading News from the Great Basin

Ecowatch: Utah Oil Boomtown Hostile to Midwife’s Concern Over Skyrocketing Infant Deaths

By Anastasia Pantsios, originally appearing on Ecowatch When a polluting industry creates jobs and economic activity, especially in the very poor areas where these industries often land, there’s a tendency of citizens to want to deny any impact on its health or environment. Such a clash of interests has reached a sad impasse in a Utah … Continue reading Ecowatch: Utah Oil Boomtown Hostile to Midwife’s Concern Over Skyrocketing Infant Deaths