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Confronting industrialism: if you can't clean it up, don't make it!

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http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2777586/confronting_industrialism_if_you_cant_clean_it_up_dont_make_it.html

 

Modern industrial capitalism is based on a simple premise, writes Derrick Jensen: our mother Earth is a great store of raw materials for us to pillage, and a vast trashcan for our endless volumes of waste, no matter how long-lived and deadly. How can this be changed? First we must regain our own sanity.

 

Let's start the discussion of context with two riddles that aren't very funny.

Q: What do you get when a cross a long drug habit, a quick temper, and a gun?
A: Two life terms for murder, with earliest release date 2026.

And,

Q: What do you get when you cross a large corporation, two nation states, 40 tons of poison, and at least 8,000 dead human beings?
A: Retirement with full pay and benefits. Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide. Bhopal.

The point of these riddles is not merely that when it comes to murder and many other atrocities, different rules apply to the poor than to the rich. And it's not merely that 'economic production' is a get-out-of-jail free card for whatever atrocities the 'producers' commit, whether it's genocide, gynocide, ecocide, slaving, mass murder, mass poisoning, and so on.

Do we even care? We already know they don't ...

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