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November 11, 2019

Connoisseurs of Restored Order

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A violent order is disorder; and
A great disorder is an order. These
Two things are one.
 
– Wallace Stevens, “Connoisseur of Chaos”
 
 
I greatly like the term climate chaos to describe the unpredictable but increasing extreme effects of modern civilization’s kamikaze campaign to resurrect and unleash all of Gaia’s stored carbon from over 300 million years.
 
(That’s ancillary to global heating, the inexorable systemic rise of average temperatures which will render vast swathes of the globe uninhabitable for humans and most mammals, 5-10 degrees Celsius already locked in and counting. By uninhabitable I mean here just from the heat itself, not counting drought, pandemics, mass famine out of the collapse of agriculture, all the other inevitable effects.)
 
Climate chaos. But we must keep in mind that the chaos of Gaia’s backlash, the Kinesis of Earth’s reaction to the insane destructive action of human civilization, is really the beginning of the restoration of the Earthly order against the deranged disorder which civilization inflicts wherever it infests.
 
As I’ve had occasions to cite before, here most of all I cite the most honest Freudian slip ever, from Chicago’s Mayor Daley in 1968: “The police are here to preserve disorder.”
 
No conquistador or fascist or Stalinist or Republican could have said it better than this Democrat Party leader.
 
And today all the forces of modern civilization – governments, corporations, the media, universities, the STEM establishment, NGOs, up to and including most of all the mainstream climate-industrial movement – are waging war to ensure the preservation and maximum of Earthly disorder, up to and including their own destruction.
 
We few Pioneers and Returners must prepare accordingly. First thing: There’s nothing left for us in civilization or “the civilized”. Let it go.
 
 
Can we be “the pensive man” of Stevens’ poem,
 
He sees the eagle float
For which the intricate Alps are a single nest.
 
 
 
 
 

November 9, 2019

The Carbon Bankrupt Continue Their Spree

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For the 30 years of the history of the globalized climate-industrial movement emissions have done nothing but increase and increase at an accelerating rate. Destruction of sinks has only continued. According to paleoclimatic evidence at least 5 degrees Celsius is already locked in. As emissions continue to rise this committed heating will continue to rise. The whole conceit of the climate-industrial infrastructure, that there’s still a “carbon budget” available to civilization, and that global heating can be limited to 2 degrees (or even 1.5 in the fantasies of the real wingnuts), is nothing but a monumental fraud designed to let “good people” think they can be “concerned” about the climate, maybe perform a few anodyne rituals like changing light bulbs or cars, of course donate to Big Green, and otherwise continue with the ecocidal business as usual with a clear conscience. Western do-gooders sure know how to have it all, and now they can have their planet and destroy it.
 
A new report, issued by the pro-capitalists at Carbon Tracker, highlights what a sham the Paris accord is:
 
“A new report released Friday claims that if fossil fuel companies want to have any chance of hitting Paris Climate Accord numbers by 2040, they will have to cut production by over a third.”
 
The only way to avert a much worse rise than an already catastrophic 5 degrees would be to abolish all industrial emissions today. But Paris says if Big Fossil were to cut destruction by a third, by 2040, this can keep the Extreme Energy Civilization within the limit of a 2 degree rise. Clearly we’re dealing with a mass psychological framework composed of propaganda and astroturfing from above and from below the religious faith that this civilization can continue to exist and to rip the Earth to pieces to generate all the worthless destructive junk and waste and yet do it in a “climate-friendly” way. We’re dealing with Nuremburg-level propaganda crimes and mass delusion.
 
Carbon Tracker isn’t so concerned with this, but with saving Big Fossil’s profits:
 
“Carbon Tracker’s “Balancing the Budget” details the long road for extractive industries “to keep emissions within international climate targets and protect shareholder value.”… Companies that continue to sanction higher-cost projects which do not fit with a lower demand scenario risk destroying significant shareholder value through the creation of stranded assets, as well as contributing to the failure to achieve climate goals.”
 
This quote, typical of those committed to “investor activism” (which assumes the perpetuation and desirability of extreme-energy capitalism and the dominance of the finance sector) and corporate environmentalists in general, is just another demonstration that the climate-industrial movement is dedicated to saving the Extreme Energy Civilization and cancer-“growth” economy from itself in order to continue with this framework of extreme energy and cancer. All Big Green action is dedicated, not to saving the Earth but saving the modern economy. It’s therefore appropriate that in America their favorite policy gambit is the idea of a “Green New Deal”. Just as the original New Deal was deployed to save capitalism from itself as it came under increasing threat from worker action, so the Green New Deal would be deployed to save industrial civilization from itself as it comes under increasing ecological threat. (This puts in perspective the frequent militarist rhetoric among mainstream environmentalists themselves: They too comprise a Dominionist faction and view civilized humanity as being at war with an aggressive nature.)
 
Since this is impossible because of ecological limits and the limits of “resources” starting with non-renewable, irreplaceable fossil fuels themselves, the climate-industrial movement boils down to a massive propaganda campaign designed to reassure the masses that they can continue the berserk binge, prop up the destruction economy for as long as possible until Earth-forced collapse, and suppress the rise of the necessary ideas and actions of degrowth and primalism.
 
As for what the civilization could do to avert even worse consequences than those already wired in, there is only one set of three actions which could effect a partial mitigation if done in time. If not, and civilization certainly will not do them, then Earth’s kinesis will do its worst as it imposes all three by force. These three actions are:
 
End all industrial emissions; stop destroying carbon sinks; let all natural sinks resume their natural ranges.
 
Anything else, including everything typical of corporate environmentalism and its climate-industrial movement which claims civilization still has Earth to burn, is a lie.
 
 
 
 
 

November 4, 2019

Electoral Geeks

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Reformism Can't Work — Tags: , , — Russell Bangs @ 3:42 am

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The notion that the vote is sacred in some way, with its implication that saintly people once fought and died so you can vote for whatever wicked lunacy you like, tallies well with the propaganda lie that “the troops fought for our freedoms.” Once again we see the fundamental pro-war affinity of liberals, and how the vote-sacralizing ideology itself is implicitly pro-war. (It also has a deep affinity with Mammon’s tenet that money is sacred and not just a tool.) And for the American mainstream “freedom” means nothing but license.
 
I’m not a member of this religious cult of electoralism. I view voting purely as a tactic and judge electoralism purely by its results.
 
By now the results are long since in: From the point of view of ecological sanity and human freedom, well-being, health and happiness, electoralism is a failure. Beyond the local level there’s seldom any context where voting makes any tactical sense at all. It’s purely for entertainment purposes or, in the case of the electoral fundamentalists, religious ritual.
 
The partisan bots worship celebrity politicians in the exact same way any other fan club worships any other kind of celebrity and root for their party in the exact same way sports fans root for their team. Those of us outside the cult recognize that there’s nothing here but carnival geeks in kangaroo elections, and that the alleged differences between Democrats and Republicans, for which sectarians within the cult are willing to throttle one another, are nothing but fighting over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, 36 or 37.
 
And then many of them are so deep into the cult that they think even such an existential predicament as the climate crisis and the escalating Sixth Mass Extinction can be solved at the ballot box.
 
Of course the beyond-human animals and plants don’t vote, nor do forests or rivers or mountains. Nor do the great majority of our voting do-gooders want to figure out a way to give beyond-humans a vote. Gaia as a whole doesn’t vote until she renders the electorate insane to the point that they vote to accelerate their own destruction. This is happening now.
 
In the meantime liberal electoralists assure us that they and only they can save humanity and the whole world, and they can do it only and exclusively by voting Democrat. (I single out liberal Democrats because they’re the most obnoxious proselytizers for the electoral religion and because they carry the corporate-environmental program into the ballot box with them. Of course voting Republican is no better.)
 
If we vote their way we can be, not the cartoon X-Men but the equally cartoon XR-Men.
 
“This my friends is where we stand today. The myth becomes reality. The villain is corporate and government sponsored environmental destruction. The townsfolk are all of us, trying to just live out our lives in peaceful prosperity. The goddess is nature, loved by all for her beauty but so often misunderstood, abandoned, used and abused. The hero is the extinction rebellion and all sincere activists, drifting through town intent on righting the wrong, challenging the villain, setting the example and hopefully, when it’s all said and done, settling in for the life ever after with the glorious goddess.”
 
There’s the mentality of corporate environmentalism and the climate industry. “Nature” still is helplessly prone on the rack where Francis Bacon strapped her for what he gleefully called a gang rape. Only now our heroic XR Men are coming to the rescue brandishing ballots and petitions to their favorite politicians.
 
On the contrary the task of we primalists, we pioneers and returners, is to endure Gaia’s Kinesis, doing whatever we can along the way to assist the Earth, wherever we see opportunities. But in spite of the Dominionist delusions of exploiter and would-be savior alike, we know that Earth remains infinitely dominant and now is beginning to smack down this vermin infestation called “modern civilization”. (That is indeed what this civilization is in the most literal biological sense of the term.) And we build the necessary movement against this culture and polity and for a post-fossil Gaian society.
 
Meanwhile the fake elections of this civilization are just one of the circuses while the basis of bread rapidly shrinks toward nothing.
 
 
 
 
 

November 2, 2019

Toward Primal Necessity

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I think and feel and see the world in terms of all but the last few hundred years out of 20 million years of human evolution, 200 million years of mammalian evolution, four billion years of Gaian evolution. This is the basis of a primal world view based in deep ecology and deep time. It places humanity in ecological and temporal context and retrieves order out of the intellectual and psychological chaos of the modern mind.
 
The modern mind exists only as passenger in a machine fueled by fossils and driven by a psychopathy which deploys a purely instrumental, nihilistic pseudo-reason and pseudo-science, both inflated out of all rational proportion and both used, abused, twisted and distorted funhouse-mirror style in order to be useful toward any given psychotic corporate-governmental-military goal.
 
With these fuels the machine has constructed a civilization of psychosis and alienation and violence, designed so that a handful of psychopaths, themselves slaves of their compulsions, always have been able to seize control, turn every development or chance to their advantage, and induce everyone else to follow.
 
This machine, this civilization never can or will reform itself, never will restrain itself even in its own interest. For example the premise of the Green New Deal is that the Extreme Energy Civilization can save itself from itself and therefore perpetuate itself, perpetuate the tyranny of “the economy”, perpetuate productionism, perpetuate consumerism. But since green capitalism itself is ecocidal, and continued and escalated ecocide cannot save the destroyer from the consequences of its ecocide, any actual GND deployment would only aggravate the self-destructive crisis. But for the moment the propaganda idea of green capitalism including any “Green New Deal” still is doing its sheep-herding, liberal-conscience-mollifying work and delaying the rise of the necessary ideas of degrowth and primalism.
 
In truth the only meaningful action for us now is to propagate these ideas and organize to help one another endure the tribulations of imperial reaction, mass nervous breakdown, ecological collapse, climate chaos, and Gaia’s Kinesis lashing back in equal and opposite reaction to all the ecological destruction of the modern era.
 
The basic elements of primalism: Revering the Earth, living in proportion to the encompassing ecology, taking and discarding only what’s necessary, basing culture and morality on these Gaian relationships, basing intellect on understanding them as much as possible and being consciously aware of this understanding and the limits of understanding, basing wisdom on respect for this and all necessary limits, and on respect for the whole natural community with all its relationships. This, I think, is the best we pioneers and returners from among modernized humans can do. Future generations who grow from the new world with whatever soil and whatever Gaian phase it incarnates will grow the truly Gaian cultures of the future.
 
 
 
 
 

October 31, 2019

Halloween Vision: Carboniferous Legion

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death — Tags: , , , — Russell Bangs @ 7:41 am

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Life and undeath cannot co-exist.
 
There are many stories of the climate crisis. Most try to stuff it within the framework of the normal modern, which really means the extreme ahistoric abnormal though almost no one has the horizons to understand that. Other stories extend the horizon but would normalize it as typical of the “anthropocene”. Some stories deny it completely, usually with illogic that simultaneously denies the climate is changing at all while insisting the climate always is changing due to various causes. Well yes Sherlock, throughout natural history the climate often has changed, and there always have been causes. This time the cause is modern civilization’s berserk kamikaze unleashing of hundreds of millions of years worth of sunlight stored under extreme compression, setting it all loose, at least 5-10 degrees Celsius worth of global heating, in just a few years.
 
Another way to tell the story is to imagine this civilization digging its own grave when it digs to rob the vast graves of the past. The modern necropolis digs upon the burial ground of its own nemesis. Gaia’s carbon policy has been to bury it as the sun grows hotter. By setting loose the Lovecraftian ghosts of 300-million year old trees the kamikazes are restoring the sweltering climate of those times to bring those trees and their bacterial basis back to life and destroy themselves in the process. Those who Gaia would destroy, she first makes insane.
 
Hundreds of millions of years ago Earth concentrated the sun’s energy into algae, plankton, plants and trees, all suffused with bacteria and the vestiges of bacteria. Fossil fuels are the ghosts of these microbes. Their physical energy tallies their spirit power, as we see where that power drives civilized hominids into omnicidal ecstasy including collective suicide as they burn it all as fast and destructively as they can.
 
In every way modern humans are the vectors of these microbes: Bacteria control our minds and bodies through symbiosis and endosymbiosis; the fossil fuel ghost controls its civilized hominid addicts the same way heroin controls its addicts. The fossil ghost seizes the hard-wired tendency among the civilly-indoctrinated toward extremes and fanaticism.
 
We ascending primalists see the Gaian present, which always includes the bundle of all deep time since the bacteria alive today are the same as those of the Archaen. The orcs, the kamikazes, those who destroy the Earth see only distorted shades of the past. They see only a denuded graveyard where the only motion is the army of zombies it animates, the rising of legions of demons they summon, the miasma of fossil ghosts which make an atmosphere out of the rancid scalding air spewing from the grave.
 
In their mind’s eye they conjure deathscapes, strew wastelands, construct dead cities, slurp up rivers, lakes, seas, flatten plains to the horizon all sprouting toxic crops, deploy massive machines to sow pollution, noise, waste, destruction, death.
 
Their berserk commitment enlists every aggressive, competitive, nihilistic element of the inflamed brain. The neurobacterial element which evokes these maximizes itself at the same time that all the actions of the berserker civilization destroy microbial diversity and open all terrains for the most pathogenic bacteria, which then act back upon the hominid vessels.
 
Bacteria control the process from beginning to end: They formed fossil fuels, which comprise either their own compressed selves or were decomposed by them; and now they drive the kamikaze binge of civilization to unleash their own ghosts. Meanwhile the inflamed brain itself evolved out of bacterial networks and remains fully symbiotic with bacteria.
 
We see the collaboration of today’s living microbes with the fossil ghosts of those long dead.
 
The orcs, the kamikazes have enslaved the fossil ghosts in order to murder the living. The ghosts of ancient plankton and trees they now enlist to exterminate today’s plankton and trees.
 
These are the ghosts and monsters of hundreds of millions of years, dug up and the dead tissue reanimated, conjured and summoned by burning. Burning fuel, burning trees, burning homes, burning cities, burning air.
 
Their malevolence seizes the inflamed hominid brains while their carboniferous exhalations heat the air and drive the climate into chaos.
 
Our basic understanding: (1) An ecologically malign bacterial faction drives the kamikazes to liberate the fossil ancestors to help lay the Earth waste the better to dominate it. They commandeer the worst of humanity to serve as their agent while causing these hominids to think they’re the agents. An oil well, a fracking site, a mountain decapitated for coal, send their smoke poisoning and heating, as a war does for a whole country. Chaos and destruction are the paramount goals at all times in every place.
 
(2) Gaia makes her correction by turning this onslaught against its own perpetrators. The weak spot isn’t bacteria like A. tumefaciens or various botulins, it’s the kamikaze human vehicle which can be driven to destroy itself. Gaia’s bacterial counteroffensive drives the kamikaze civilization to inflict famine upon itself through its self-enslavement to industrial agriculture and deforestation. With their global heating offensive the kamikazes heat themselves out of home. They conjure pandemics against themselves through special animal-factory incubators, crops and animals specially engineered to induce bacterial antibiotic resistance, lavish spraying of herbicides serving as antibiotic-resistance selectors. Many of these are the very weapons of the kamikazes now turned against themselves. They heat the climate to help spread all hot-air bugs and plumb the furthest terrestrial reaches to bring out ALL the bugs. They ramify a global distribution network in order to propagate disease most intrepidly.

 
Today there’s little need for the fictional horror stories of ghouls, vampires, demon summoning, zombies rising from underground, from where they were buried mwaa ha ha ha. Fossil fuel ghosts are the real life horror rising from the tomb. We aren’t digging them up, they are using us to rise. It’s not vampire magic but bacterial control. All the atrocities of modern civilization are the actions of seized, infected, rabid brains. And today we undergo the final burn-off of all combustible material and all combustible thoughts. To modify one of Dostoevsky’s characters, the fire is in the mind of the people as much as the fire they set to the Earth. This is terminal riot.
 
And these demons, the ghosts of all past bacteria, algae, plankton, trees, arise as avengers to smite their summoners.
 
 
 
 
 

October 29, 2019

Green Disaster Capitalism

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1. There is one and only one set of three actions which can avert the worst of the climate crisis, if done in time. If not, and civilization certainly will not do them, then Earth’s kinesis will do its worst as it imposes all three by force. These three actions are:
 
End all industrial emissions; stop destroying carbon sinks; let all natural sinks resume their natural ranges.
 
Anything else is a lie.
 
2. A “Green New Deal” would be a massive boost and subsidy to extraction industries. It requires monstrous amounts of rare metals for solar panels and industrial windmills, it’ll probably include massive nuke subsidies and thus rake the Earth for uranium; and since all industrial fake-“renewables” depend completely upon a fossil fuel foundation, it will be another monster subsidy to fossil fuels. Judging by the history of proposed climate bills, it’ll probably also include coal subsidies (for “clean coal” scams).
 
3. What’s a fake renewable? It’s anything requiring a fossil fuel foundation; anything requiring hideously ecocidal mining; anything which will contribute to the pollution-poisoning of the Earth; anything designed to power an economy whose general actions are ecocidal. (GND plans always assume “green” generation of power for what’s otherwise business as usual.) These are just four leading ways any version of industrial “renewables” are not renewable, not sustainable, and will do their worst to render Gaia herself non-renewable. This includes industrial “biomass”, industrial wind, industrial solar, electric cars, and similar campaigns of earthly destruction in the name of the Earth. It also includes river-enslaving, riparian ecology-exterminating, salmon-massacring dam projects in the name of “hydroelectric”. Dams also require massive fossil fuel emissions for their construction and then cause a great spewing of carbon, as inundated soils hemorrhage methane.
 
4. Since the GND wants to perpetuate the high-production high-consumption industrial cancer economy (AKA “growth” economy), it therefore proposes to continue keeping the majority of the workforce out of food production. That means it proposes to perpetuate the framework of industrial agriculture.
 
Industrial agriculture itself, taken as a whole, is the number one driver of climate change, the number one emitter and destroyer of sinks. This is in addition to its horrific ecological afflictions, from habitat destruction to environmental poisoning to eradication of biodiversity and its replacement by a monoculture reduced to nothing but crops, livestock, the hominid tenders of these, specially privileged pests, weeds and diseases (since the massive poisoning of the environment selects for resistant strains of these and kills everything else), and the tremendously reduced bacterial community which presides over this.
 
I’ve written hundreds of times that the only possible way forward for any significant number of people to live at all post-fossil fuels is through agroecology based in the social system of food sovereignty. Indeed the data says this could produce enough food for even the number of people on Earth today, in an ecologically far less harmful way. But of course this would require all able-bodied people to participate in growing food. (Not in any way like agricultural laborers under the corporate industrial system, but as organic horticulturalists, essentially community gardening on a vastly larger basis than the community food movement has done so far.)
 
It’s a moot point since there’s zero chance that civilization will undertake this transformation. On the contrary civilization will hunker in the bunker like the one collective 1945 Hitler it is and make the end as hard as possible. The deranged-utopian “Green New Deal” and its industrial promises comprise part of this hunkering.
 
5. How bizarre that so many of the most acute analysts of disaster capitalism don’t see how Green New Dealism is the most extreme, thorough-going campaign of disaster capitalism yet. Unless of course they’ve consciously sold out.
 
6. One way to view industrial agriculture is that it is modern civilization’s campaign to maximize the conversion of atmospherically inert N2 to atmosphere-heating N2O and a big part of the civilization’s campaign to set loose all the stored carbon of hundreds of millions of years.
 
We can go further. Governments are best viewed as having their primary purpose in organizing the most ruthless exploitation of whatever can be turned into a “resource”, and the most ruthless destruction of everything else. The US military is a microcosm: It’s utterly incapable of achieving any of its affirmative goals, but it’s very successful at destroying and sowing chaos. So it has always been with governments, with civilization as such: Very good at destroying, generally a failure at any of the positive things it claims to seek: Human freedom, well-being, health, happiness, togetherness, peace. As a rule the “uncivilized” have enjoyed these to a far greater degree than the “civilized”.
 
It’s no wonder that starting with Cortes, European invaders of the Western hemisphere have felt far less need to guard against attacks from the indigenous, and far more need to prevent defections to the indigenous from their own ranks. As anarchists have long pointed out against the lies of civilization about allegedly sociopathic, competitive human nature: If this were human nature, then why after possessing total power for centuries now does modern civilization still need to expend on a daily basis such massive resources for indoctrination, propaganda, incentives, threats, and violence?
 
7. Today as Earth trembles on the verge of Gaia’s Kinesis, all the pent up energy of the equal and opposite reaction to the great war of omnicide civilization has waged against her, humanity faces its worst self-inflicted existential threat. But this also is humanity’s great new opportunity for liberation and re-membering with the Earth from which this deranged species never actually was able to sunder itself, in spite of all delusions.
 
If our biological species survives at all, we will do so only through restored accord with the Earth. In spite of the fantasies of the Green New Dealers, it will not be possible to save the death machine from itself. One way or another, with greater or less agency as opposed to under greater or less ecological duress, we shall resume our natural ecological role within natural limits. Whether this restoration of order is to be a Renaissance or a self-immiseration is up to us.
 
 
 
 
 

October 14, 2019

Get Off Your Lazy, Happy and Healthy Asses and Be Productive (Columbus)

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I didn’t get around to writing anything for Labor Day, but I can recover by writing something for Columbus Day since there’s such an affinity between them. Along with shooting the natives and giving them diseases, Columbus and his fellow conquistadors brought moral sermons backed by force, preaching that the natives must cease from their unproductive way of life and get to work the European way. The character of this work was extractive and ecodical, the mode was based on slavery and cultural genocide.
 
As a later pro-slavery ideologue put it,
 
“The institution of Slavery is a principal cause of civilization. Perhaps nothing can be more evident than that it is the sole cause. If anything can be predicated as universally true of uncultivated man, it is that he will not labor beyond what is absolutely necessary to maintain his existence. Labor is pain to those who are unaccustomed to it, and the nature of man is averse to pain. Even with all the training, the helps and motives of civilization, we find that this aversion cannot be overcome in many individuals of the most cultivated societies. The coercion of Slavery alone is adequate to form man to habits of labor. Without it, there can be no accumulation of property, no providence for the future, no taste for comforts or elegancies, which are the characteristics and essentials of civilization. He who has obtained the command of another’s labor, first begins to accumulate and provide for the future, and the foundations of civilization are laid…Since the existence of man upon the earth, with no exception whatever, either of ancient or modern times, every society which has attained civilization has advanced to it through this process.”
 
(William Harper, 1837. H/T Derrick Jensen’s Endgame p. 107)
 
This describes well the rise and sustenance of civilization. And now we’ve entered the barbarism of modern civilization’s decline.
 
As fossil fuels, the ghost slaves of modernity as William Catton called them, upon which all of modern civilization is completely dependent; as fossil fuels become simply unavailable, the elites will try to prop up whatever they can of their zombie lifestyles and power by restoring institutional slavery. Their sense of entitlement and their will to violence will never stop short of that. I doubt they’ll stop short of nuclear weapons wherever they deem necessary, once they become that desperate.
 
I presented here a description of what the system will try to enforce. Read it and know what’s in store if we let it happen.
 
 
Getting back to the holidays of the moment, it’s ironic that the back-handed Labor Day (celebrating the willingness of workers to undertake their own destruction, all for the sake of worthless expensive unsustainable material junk) gives workers a day off from grinding and scabbing while on Columbus Day most go about “work” as usual.
 
Almost all of this work is worthless and destructive and shouldn’t exist at all. (Keep this in mind when you assess something like the Green New Deal which implicitly proposes to continue keeping most of the work force out of food production, and therefore proposes to continue with the omnicidal onslaught of poison-based carbon-hemorrhaging industrial agriculture while at the same time continuing to prop up the ecoonomy based on “work” that creates nothing and only destroys.)
 
Almost all of this work is worthless and destructive and shouldn’t exist at all. It kills the human soul while it kills the Earth and therefore destroys the very physical basis of our continued existence. As with every other core trait of modern civilization, the Protestant work ethic is an existential self-threat, a collective death wish, a mode of collective suicide.
 
 
The greatest religious irony is that Christianity, along with its offspring the modern scientism-technocracy-“progress” religion, has been the most malevolent purveyor of the Dominion theology, yet Jesus himself taught a message in line with ecological harmony as known and lived by traditional cultures. The Earth is a great cornucopia for those who want to live self-sufficiently and fully in the present. (By self-sufficiency I mean, sufficient individuals for species evolved to live as individuals, sufficient communities for species evolved to live socially. Humans evolved to live in tight-knit communities, while the modern liberal-Randroid-capitalist ideology of “individualism” is a psychosis that needs to be purged.)

 
Our true work expresses and enriches our humanity while helping to enable natural cycles. To the extent we’re still able, we who still perform our fruitful work retain this portion of the human birthright. But we who have been forcibly sundered from our human work and forced to “work” for an alien institution have been robbed of our birthright. Those who willingly embrace the Sunder have become traitors to the Earth, parasite squatters and vandals sliming Earth’s surface.
 
We who have been fated to live in this time of the worst perversion of the human endeavor and the most confused divergence from the true path of history face a twofold work requirement.
 
We must as ever do our human duty, fulfill our human responsibility, perform our human work. But today the core element of our work is the work of rejecting and resisting the false “work” of Mammon, the work of the grinder-consumer economy, commodity production, globalized false “trade”, corporate rule. This false work, this false buying and selling under the Mark of the Beast, is nothing but selling our souls and the purchase of perdition, enslavement, death.
 
Jesus echoes this as he speaks to the multitudes in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6) :
 
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
 
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
 
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?

 
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
 
28 And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, How shall we be clothed?
 
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: ) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
 
33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
 
 
Mythology says we fell from the Garden of Eden and have been cursed with the need to toil ever since. The forces of evil have sought power over our very toil, turning us into slaves either directly in the formal sense or by monopolizing access to work and controlling the modes of work, so that only as robots can we function in the world of “work”.
 
Worse, although this exile was a primal sundering and alienation from the source of our being and soul, the gravid Earth, we have been taught falsely to view this exile as a journey toward freedom, toward prosperity, toward knowledge and transcendence. Never has a more obscene Orwellian inversion been performed than this version of “Slavery is Freedom” which has been shouted from every false pulpit for thousands of years, and never with greater omnipresence and volume than in the modern today, the moment of fossil fuels.
 
The myth really means the exact opposite. Adam and Eve were organic and ecological in the Garden. They were integrated, elemental, primal. They lived as the lilies of the field. But Satan seduced them to desire the alleged knowledge which would make them as gods. Thus they broke the unity, broke the integration. The Original Sin was scientism itself, though it took several thousand years for this sin to become conscious of itself and celebrate itself as a sublimated Satanism. The original curse was the sundering of humanity from nature, the exile from the trees, the alienation.
 
Since then this same Satan has taught us to believe we must replace the primal foraging and horticulture, living with the lilies in the Garden, with the gruesome and destructive toil of industrial agriculture and its epigones in every economic, political, and cultural sector. Destructive of the Earth, destructive of our bodies, destructive of our souls.
 
The meaning and truth of the words of Jesus are unchanged if you remove “God” and replace ki with “the Earth”. Even the most fundamentalist secularist must make the same choice between faith in the Earth’s natural bounty or faith in the godhood of the engineer’s technology to render what it calls the sterility of the earth fertile. The natural fruit is truth, the artificial is a lie. This is the same truth and lie confronted by every religion including the religion of scientism and technocracy. There’s no real distinction between modern “enlightenment” and medieval darkness. All modes of thought have equal potential for light or dark, depending upon how they embrace the truth of ecology or the lies of Mammon and technocracy.
 
The same is true of Jesus’ injunction to his disciples, as he sends them out to minister:
 
Matthew 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
 
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
 
Mark 6:8 [He] commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
 
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
 
These injunctions are addressed to us as well. We all need “take nothing”. If we lived in truth, true scientific knowledge, and moral good faith, nature’s bounty supplemented with agroecological knowledge and practice would feed us and sustain all desire for health and happiness. These passages refer to the true reclamation, healing the sundering breach and restoring humanity’s earthly connection. This is the true redemption and reunification. Agroecology and Food Sovereignty offer the promise of this revolution and restoration.
 
The true restoration and reclamation process is to be and live as ecologically as possible, in mind, soul and action. Expelled, we still can work in harmony with the Earth. This is the true imitation of the life in the Garden and also is the embodiment of the true science. Agroecology is the process of rendering agriculture and all of life more holistic, more organic, more integrated, more assimilated. Only through agroecology and its equivalents in every context can we overcome the alienation, imitate the Garden of Eden, present our work to God, history, or reason, however we envision, as proving we’ve learned the lesson, and in any case come as close as we can to paradise on Earth.
 
This does not mean lack of work, or especially lack of joy in the work we do for our own people. It means working only to guide Earth’s great abundance, to bring Earth’s profligate bounty, itself a free gift of the Earth itself, to a fruition most fruitful for a humanity who also is of the Earth and restores Earth even as we eat of it. The true productive work is the work of tending the natural abundance.
 
Do you want to produce food for human beings, or commodities and poison for corporate persons, a kind of demon? True work is the former, false perverted work the latter. The same is true in every other economic sector. Never has the very idea of food been so laden with symbolic religious significance as it has become in this modern age, because this is the most religious age of all. Food is literally and spiritually the core battleground and ground zero for the whole of the great climactic struggle for the soul of humanity, the realization of the future, the very existence of the past, and the question of whether there shall ever in the present be freedom and fulfillment. Shall we ever live as a natural one and whole in the present? The time has come where the only true work is the work of this great crisis.
 
As for the grinding conquistadors, they’re a pox.
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 13, 2019

Green Globalization, A Temporary Measure to Buy Time

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The F18 “Green Hornet” flying on the fake-renewable “biofuel” of condemned arable land. It may soon escort biofueled billionaire jets to their island fortresses

 
 
Globalization is among other things the replacement of national and community sovereignty by corporate anti-sovereignty. Nationhood, democracy, community life are incompatible with the corporate pseudo-sovereignty. If you want corporate rule, as almost all Westerners do (proven by actions) you must destroy all the others. Nation, democracy, community as the triple targets of the “free trade” onslaught demonstrates how sovereignty itself can arise out of the people. We can deduce from this that the only way to defend either and maximize both is to eradicate corporations and elites completely. It’s democracy which must be maximized: Direct democracy.
 
The World Bank, IMF, WTO and so on, these are flunkeys, power launderers, stooge cadres. In America the real powers are Wall Street, the Republican and Democratic Parties, the weapons rackets, the agribusiness rackets, the IT rackets, and some other oligopoly players. These players concoct the “agreements” between “countries” which really are turf deals among gangster elites. (World War II is best seen as a gangland turf war where all the major participants were aggressors.) The politicians sign these agreements and set up special organizations like the WTO and IMF to serve as the enforcement arm. The WTO etc. as well as most of the Democrats and Republicans, are the hired goons. The “free” trade treaties are really corporate contracts written by the likes of Monsanto and Cargill. But these contracts aren’t actual agreements among free parties. They’re instruments of tyranny to be imposed by elite diktat from the top down, from the highest most concentrated power, as a hail of rocks, burning ash and poison upon the disenfranchised people below.
 
Globalization and corporate contracts are imposed through coercion. Where there’s a huge power and need differential between the parties, it’s impossible for them freely to contract with one another. Such contracts have no moral validity, and are supposed to have no legal validity. Freedom of contract is impossible under conditions of power or wealth inequality. But in practice the whole endeavor of corporate Mammon, corporate capitalism, neoliberalism, at every level from the basic employer-employee “negotiation” to the most global trade agreements, is to replace actual freedom of contract with these contracts-by-force. The very word “contract” implies coercion and violence. The goal is to destroy economic freedom and replace it with gangster-imposed and enforced protection rackets and direct plunder.
 
There’s the essence of globalization. The goal always has been to take what according to the capitalists’ own textbooks should be a small appendage of the economy and ruthlessly, recklessly, destructively impose its values and culture on all of life. Not just economic life, but political, social, cultural and private life as well. These values and culture really are psychopathy and decadent barbarism.
 
At the final stage of neoliberal corporate capitalism the elites impose financialization and manipulate it to amass all power and real assets. Their plan is to achieve total corporate dominion, the total surveillance state and militarized police state, the complete debt indenture of the population, and to maintain as much of their material luxury as possible under the conditions of fossil fuel depletion and ecological collapse. Their strategy has been to use the corporate form, the propaganda of “capitalism” and “democracy”, and the forms of representative pseudo-democracy, to monopolize ever growing portions of wealth and power. Having attained this position of dominance they now will use it to push the rest of us down into dark age shantytown police- and gang-afflicted conditions. Their preferred path for doing this will be debt slavery. If necessary they’ll try to use the police state whose skeleton they’ve already constructed, and even classical fascism.
 
As the climate crisis, mass extinction and general ecological collapse proceed, the political faction which pretends to want to do something about them will gain the upper hand with its “Green New Deal”, its promises of green capitalism, green metastatic cancer (AKA “growth”), green prodcutionism and consumerism, industrial-fake-renewables to continue to provide extreme energy consumption, and the rest of “the American way of life”. This will be sold as both the ecological and social panacea. The fact that it’s all a lie, that you can’t save the Earth by continuing to destroy it, that you can’t fix the socioeconomic evils of capitalism by doubling down on capitalism, won’t matter. The whole thing will be primarily a propaganda campaign, coupled with some temporary meager scraps thrown to the precariat and lumpenproles. The real purpose of this Green New Deal and any companion programs will be to buy time and perpetuate the global capitalist regime as long as possible while the elites consolidate their position for their plan to continue to rule as the rockslide of collapse gathers force and chaos. Just as the purpose of the original New Deal was to save capitalism, so today’s mainstream “green” proposals have only the purpose of saving capitalism and perpetuating the ecocidal binge. Big Green groups and progressive politicians are usually explicit about this.
 
And then the Green New Deal program also is sold within the framework of anti-human globalization, and as a way to preserve and intensify globalization. The globalization cadres and mechanisms such as the World Bank already have long been deeply immersed in the scam-mongering of “offset” regimes, the Clean Development Mechanism (“sustainable development” is just one of the many oxymorons we encounter), the REDD greenwash of ecocide, and others.
 
The mainstream climate-industrial movement will play a leading gatekeeper role here, doing all it can to ensure that the rising concern and fear and willingness among the people to take action for the Earth will remain kettled and controlled by astroturfs, will remain in the position of supplicating to the state (which is what all such “demands” on inherently ecocidal-genocidal governments boil down to), and will not break free of this domesticated reform mentality philosophically and in action in order directly to do what is necessary to assist Gaia’s Kinesis against these destroyers of the Earth while there’s still time and an ecological basis to sustain something of humanity as well as the more-than-human species now being driven extinct at an estimated rate of 200 a day.
 
While this general social misdirection is ongoing the elites will attempt the shift from direct fossil fuels to fossil-based alternate fuels, for the sake of maintaining their power and their luxury consumption. We’ve already seen a larger-scale version of this with the diversion of vast amounts of food from the already-hungry people of the world to the gas tanks of the Western personal car. This is the industrial agrofuel strategy. Just like all other liquidations, this one’s coming home as well. America itself already has ever growing numbers of the hungry while more and more corn is hijacked for agrofuels. Here we can see one iteration of the basic pattern I’ve called resource fascism. All notions of fake-industrial-renewables have the same basic goal. Picture a network of fortresses powered by the “smart grid”, biofueled private jets travelling between, while outside the walls permanently indentured debtors slave in the fields and sleep in shantytowns, their labor compelled by the draconian penalties dangling over the heads of all defaulters, their debt compounding every day. That’s the goal of the political and economic elites.
 
This is how is the barbed wire being strung around us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 11, 2019

Modern Reactionary Lust for Ancient Destruction

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism — Tags: , , , , — Russell Bangs @ 9:16 am

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It’s typical that the earliest extant Western writing, the Epic of Gilgamesh inscribed in cuneiform, contains the earliest account of forest massacre, the mass murder of trees. Having defeated his enemy Humbaba, who among other things was steward of the great Mideast cedar forest, Gilgamesh celebrates his victory by hacking down the forest.
 
This is how Sumerian myth tried to account for how their forests somehow got destroyed, how they wrecked their fertile land and turned it into a desert: They passed the blame for their own rapacity onto a mythologized figure.
 
Thus we have the first Western documentation of how a Western civilization destroyed itself by destroying its forests. Many other examples have followed.
 
Today the modern global economic civilization is destroying all forests as fast and aggressively as possible, committing total ecocide and collective suicide as fast and aggressively as it can.
 
And as this civilization withers in its own broiling desert, who will it blame?*
 
 
Gaia’s Kinesis includes Earth’s direct backlash against modern civilization’s crimes. The great ecological manifesto Revelation describes this thruout. The Kinesis includes the death-wish of the civilization and its hyper-aggression against the Earth as it rushes over the cliff, and therefore much of it will be devastating to natural communities and to the least guilty among peoples, indigenous and impoverished frontline communities. This is being forced by the berserk insanity of Homo necropolitan, the “civilized”.
 
Reading by a Gaian interpretation, Revelation is not describing literally a god’s judgement and punishment, but is evoking the simple facts of what’s happening. It does include many literal ecological effects as well as much religious and moral symbolism transposing the modern biological war to the human cultural level.
 
The berserkers attack, damage, destroy, and the destruction redounds upon their own head and destroys them. Homo necropolitan won’t survive Gaia’s Kinesis, and there’s a decent chance the hominid species as such will become the apex victim of its own mass extinction and total ecocide assault. Certainly modern civilization won’t survive it.
 
We’ll look at one example depicting our present and near future, Revelation 16:1-9 as the seven angels emerge from the sky temple bearing the vials of the wrath of God, ready to pour them upon the orcs. Necessarily, this speaks only of what empirically is already happening and what common sense and science forecast is imminent. No one needs to feel it as religious prophecy unless that’s how they feel it.
 
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
 
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
 
The mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-17) is the mark of Mammon, the insignia of grinder producers and consumers, all who live to destroy the Earth (Rev 11:18), to buy and sell commodities, to worship money and to use it as a weapon of destruction. They farmed poison, they burned the air. Now the pandemics driven by industrial agriculture and global heating will afflict rich as well as poor. The complete poisoning of the air and water, the poisoned soil and food, the cancer and lung disease the rich long have inflicted on the poor and on the more-than-human world, these all now become noisome and grievous sores upon the rich as well. All must live or die on this Earth, and almost all have chosen to die upon it. They ratify their drenching amid the vial.
 
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
 
They flooded the seas with their farmed poisons, they dumped their factory and consumer waste, they heated the waters, they crammed carbon to turn the seas to acid, they infused every drop with oil solids, they generated vortexes of this plastic. They kill everything, they crash their own fisheries, they conjure the turbulence, they loft the waves, they drive the surges, they raise the seas themselves, they flood their own cities, they salt their own coastal lands and aquifers. Most of all they cripple the biggest arc of the carbon cycle and block off the most expansive resting place for carbon in physical form and in time. In the longer run this by far will be the greatest heating and chaotic feedback effect of all.
 
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
 
Here the poison flooding of the waters begins, the runoff from the poison farms, the poison lawns, the poison work zones, the poison roads, the poisoned rain. What non-poisoned water is left is stolen by the corporate demons and sold back to the people who bear money. The campaign of heating and chaos drives drought, what’s far more the mass murder of trees, the massacre of forests, brings the desert. The water flees away and is no more. They’ll all die of thirst.
 
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
 
They were vampires always, parasites always, and always have murdered to get their blood. They destroy their own children’s water, they drink their own children’s blood.
 
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
 
The most direct self-inflicted global heating shall wipe out all agriculture and render vast spaces of Earth uninhabitable for hominids.
 
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
 
We know the berserker response. They blasphemed the name of Gaia who has power over all these plagues, they refused to live in balance, they fought as hard as they could to maximize the plagues, and they did not repent. They will not repent.
 
9:21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their sorceries, their immorality or their thefts.
 
They’ll flock to the second beast (Rev 13:11-17) for propaganda charades, mirages of “industrial renewables” and “sustainable development”, emission-and-sink shell games such as “Green New Deals” along with the long-running “offset”, “carbon neutral”,”zero net emissions” lies. They’ll opiate themselves with these while they follow the lead of the same Earth-destroying corporations, governments, militaries they’ve always followed.
 
16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
 
All this is blasphemy in the name of the Earth. They won’t repent. Stripping away all the poses and lies, they’ll continue mass-producing, mass-consuming, mass-wasting, mass-destroying. They’ll continue being destroyers of the Earth unto their own collective suicide.
 
Those who Gaia would destroy she first makes insane.
 
 
Today we need the new stories, today’s consolation and inspiration, to be the affirmation amid all the tales of horror in tomorrow’s mythology. We need the stories of Gaia’s restoration to go with the stories of her Kinesis, her direct counterattacks, while most of all she drives the orcs to destroy themselves.
 
 
*I’m getting a pretty strong hunch who’s going to get most of the blame. More on that in coming posts.
 
 
 
 

October 9, 2019

Dominion of Lies and Insanity

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Like Hitler this civilization is going to hunker in the bunker unto its own bitter, maximally destructive end. Meanwhile we have those who call for WWII-level mobilization, ostensibly to do something about the climate crisis. Many of them regurgitate the long lie that nature is waging war against civilization and that civilization needs to muster for total war in return. Thus we have the rhetoric of World War II mobilizations, the Manhattan Project, the Apollo space program. But I automatically distrust anyone who uses militaristic metaphors in environmental contexts unless the militarism is directed against the destroyers of the Earth. It reeks of Dominion theology, which remains rife throughout the mainstream environmental movement. Like the more conventional right-wing end-times frothing, this rhetoric among the mainstream environmentalists and “eco-modernists” is propaganda toward the corporate-theological agenda.
 
In reality it’s civilization itself, and especially the modern economic civilization, which is inherently ecocidal-genocidal and wages total aggressive war dedicated to exterminating all life on Earth including humanity. Gaia is indeed ramping up her ecological correction mechanism, but this is purely defensive. Much like how around the world there are many defensive political and military actions against US imperial aggression (which aggression many of the mainstream environmentalists also support).
 
 
How is it possible to look at an old-growth redwood or boreal or tropical rain forest and think a god who created such an ongoing miracle wants for hominids to destroy it? They think a god put it there merely for humans to use it as a “resource”? That’s not possible. If so this god wouldn’t have filled it with such innumerable life and made it so beautiful.
 
To say God gave you a resource in a forest or wetland or river is identical to saying this about other people as you enslave them. It’s evil. To put it in Christian terms, these are agents of Satan doing Satan’s bidding. Only Satan could look at a tree and want to cut it down.
 
Dominion theology is refuted by three simple facts:
 
1. If God wanted man to dominate nature, the result truly would be “reclamation” and the recovery of the orderly Garden of Eden. Instead the result invariably is chaos, disorder, destruction. From the point of view of Christian theology, an honest person would have to admit that extractive actions boost Satan’s dominion, not that of God.
 
2. If God created nature in order for it to be dominated and destroyed by man, this god never would have created such unfathomable biodiversity, such an infinite expanse of detail. On the contrary, the miraculous infinity of earthly life would prove to any truly religious person (except a Satanist) that God wanted humans to integrate harmoniously with nature, or at most to be a good and benevolent steward. (“Steward” is a more accurate translation of Genesis than “dominion”.)
 
3. Anyone who really thought the Rapture was imminent wouldn’t be concerned with material “resources” anyway. Those who truly believed the Rapture and/or the Second Coming was imminent would devote all their energies to preparing their souls. They’d have zero time or interest for temporal things like making money. Indeed, they’d consider it to be a bad time to indulge greed, violence, and all the other sins inherent in capitalism.
 
This proves that those who assert the end times are imminent, and that therefore there’s no reason not to destroy the Earth, are frauds and liars. They’re really either closet atheists or closet Satanists. When they invoke the Rapture what they really mean is, “Once we have enough money and guns and techno-gadgets we’ll be free of all social, political, economic, even physical restraints. It’ll be as if we were lifted bodily to heaven.”
 
This sums up the theology of capitalism, scientism, technocracy, Mammon, all coated with a fake neo-Christian veneer. They’ve long since been unable to sustain faith in de jure Christianity, but the temporal matrix of money, technology, power, violence, and ecological destruction seems to offer a synthetic substitute. They no longer believe in a God “up there”, but they still believe in the up-there itself and that they can take the place of this god.
 
Any true Christian, or any other sincerely religious person, would reject technocracy’s campaign to eradicate the original Creation and replace it with a purely artificial anti-ecological machine. It’s the Tower of Babel to a much greater extreme. This includes the summoning and worship of demons called “corporate persons”, and Mammon’s religious belief in the reality and sanctity of money.
 
Most of all it applies to the core mindset of the civilized: Biophobia, hatred of life. And it applies most of all to the core activity of civilization: Ecological destruction for the sake of destruction. Do we need the products of the destruction? No. An entire marketing industry and propaganda ministry have to work day and night to brainwash people into thinking they need these products. Do these products or their profits satisfy anyone or make anyone happy? No. The rich only obsess on how to become more rich, while everyone else, where not yet completely immiserated, becomes ever more anxious, diseased, angry.
 
There’s your proof: The destruction is for no rationally explicable purpose. The destruction is done purely for its own sake. That’s the religion of modern civilization. That’s the essence of Dominion.
 
 
 
 
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