August 21, 2017


Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Poetry — Russ @ 4:17 pm


The obscuring symbol crawls the sky
As if to abnegate,
Spots the blaze too bright directly to see.
Only plastic eyes mediate the light.
We want to see but cannot see direct,
The better to brush in evasion
The mystery the symbol fathoms,
The best to look most ardent just where we can’t.
Just as,
We work more frenetic than ants,
More angry and toxic than wasps,
To crank the blaze of the star’s heat.
We lust for the warmth we can’t survive,
Therefore invent mediating fantasies,
The confections and mirages of rhetoric and technology
To shield us from our yearning for warmth
And free us to stoke the inferno forever.
This ambivalent extreme,
Destruction we know and desire,
Scorch and poison, is to kill ourselves to feel alive.
What void do we strive to fill.
What did we throw away and now dream of darkly.
And now behind shields we yearn for that same ray
We throw up the shield against.
Our eyes strive to see what would blind us direct,
Our souls build an oven around ourselves.
We then encase us in asbestos,
And hope for: the best?
Hope for nothing.


  1. I think we have to admit that the world has simply moved in a different direction than we thought, and now each of us is living out our own private endgames.

    We live in a media world. None of the 19th century thinkers foresaw this, and only the most prescient of the 20th century thinkers (such as the movie Network, for example) saw this coming.

    We are old leftists who are obsessed with industrial processes, how to make things better for the workers, the ordinary people. The old industrialists were obsessed with growth and profit. And indeed, there was always growth and profit.

    What we’ve failed to realize is that we are now in a post-industrial, media and finance driven world. Everything is simply made up and airbrushed in our world today. One literally cannot trust any statistic, any news story, any photograph anymore. Nothing is truth. We are post-truth. Everything is simply what you want it to be, or what you declare it to be.

    This is a world perfect for everyone in the finance/media/marketing/fashion/celebrity etc. industries. They basically get you obsessed with the endless promotion and circulation of fashion, of trends. So many people benefit from this – teenagers, women, businessmen, etc. The only people who lose out are ordinary men (and who cares about them anyway) and the self-aware, critical, contrarian thinkers. Because all negativity is relentlessly hounded out in our world. Decay, disease, death, don’t exist. We will remain young forever. The stock market and your house price will rise forever. America is the winner, forever. Problems are shifted onto the poor, onto other countries, anywhere away from the clean, American techno-utopia of endless food and fashion and shopping.

    How long will this world last? Forever. Not because it actually will last forever, but merely because even the concept of time is liquidated. There is no past, and no future. Only the perpetual present. Americans are present oriented. It’s why they can’t even conceive of the concept of growing old. Nobody has any knowledge of the problem of existence anymore, and once they acquire it, they are simply shunted aside to die. All living people must be happy and smiling, all the time. And if you aren’t, you are medicated and given plastic surgery.

    Comment by dolph — August 21, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    • Was seriously reading your comment until you utterly lost me at:

      So many people benefit from this – teenagers, women, … The only people who lose out are ordinary men (and who cares about them anyway)…

      Think I’ll shut my computer down for a while and contemplate the stunning rise in teenage and female suicides during at least the last decade in the US – where the current and Brutal Technocracy most certainly appears to have emanated from – with the likes of Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, PayPal, Ebay, Palantir, Tesla, Facebook, Twitter, Uber. All Founded by, Funded by, Run by, and predominantly loaded with, wealthy Anti Social Males.

      Yes, the ordinary, adult male suicide increase has also risen, but no one made the comment: So many men benefit from this [Technocracy].


      Comment by diane — August 21, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

      • Maybe on the spectrum of things the rich men rank first, but closely behind them are women, minorities, consumers, anybody who is marketed something, a lifestyle, an advancement, etc.

        Ranking last are ordinary men. You know, the guys who actually do the jobs that keep this whole thing running. Thus the Trump phenomenon and all sorts of pathologies.

        Comment by dolph — August 22, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

      • Emphasis mine:

        Maybe on the spectrum of things the rich men rank first, but closely behind them are women, minorities,, consumers, anybody who is marketed something, a lifestyle, an advancement, etc. [oops, you forgot teenagers this time – diane]

        Don’t be afraid to state it then, after all you’ve made it quite clear you feel that:

        Ranking last are ordinary WHITE men. You know, the guys who actually do the jobs that keep this whole thing running. …

        Not going to comment again on your utterly incorrect and outrageously offensive ‘theory’ again, especially since it’s not my website.

        Comment by diane — August 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    • No one really benefits from it. The science shows that under conditions of extreme inequality even the the rich suffer worse physical and psychological health than under less extreme systems. And like I’ve written before, in spite of their delusions, there’s only one Earth, one air, one water, one food supply, and those who poison these poison themselves as well.

      As for the workers, I’ve given up on them as a group. Whatever their conflicts with their employers, they agree on capitalism and productionism as such (just want to be better paid) and combine as one pirate gang in assaulting communities and the environment. Turns out that commenters like Herzen and Bakunin were right from the start, and Marx wrong – the workers were always just aspiring bourgeois, and there was never going to be a general evolution of “proletarian consciousness”. That’s the main reason I’ve given up on “leftism” and am trying to find a new path.

      I agree we’re hitting the nadir of extreme private hermeticism. I can only hope this is “hitting rock bottom”, and that the renaissance can begin.

      Comment by Russ — August 22, 2017 @ 2:37 am

      • Yes this is true and personally I think we need to have some sort of mass collapse. It’s the only way.

        If our system is beyond saving, then it simply needs to be allowed to die.

        Comment by dolph — August 22, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

      • Yes, I think by now even purely apolitical escapism etc. is, in a “first, do no harm” sense, is better than any kind of active “reformism”, which by definition is trying to prop up the system and in practice is always at least objectively (and usually by intention) pro-corporate, pro-system.

        Comment by Russ — August 23, 2017 @ 6:21 am

  2. Identity politics is the corporate, climate and war criminal’s favorite way to distract and atomize the working poor.

    A person’s carbon footprint at the individual level, and carbon footprint per capita are all that matters. I keep seeing talk about over-population by large carbon footprint people, some even AGW denialists to boot.

    The future will not look kindly on such hypocrites. We will be remembered by little else..

    Comment by Anonymous — August 23, 2017 @ 8:09 am

    • The poem alludes to that political aspect of the tearful climate crocodiles, though I was also going for something deeper about the impulse to burn down the maximum fossil fuels.

      I was just reading again about how Kissinger and company started systematically propagating the absolute “overpopulation” lie (as opposed to overpopulation relative to resource footprints and scarcity-seeking capitalist policy) at the 1974 UN World Food Conference, part of the food weapon propaganda. The GMO “Feed the World” big lie is a direct descendant and part of the continuity of the same hunger-seeking, hunger-manipulating globalist policy. The many “radicals” and leftists who abet this Malthusian lie are simply demonstrating their underlying pro-capitalist liberalism.

      Lots of divide and conquer identity politics are mobilized by weaponizing food and agriculture.

      Comment by Russ — August 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am

  3. “The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.”

    – Utah Phillips


    What huge carbon footprint Omidyar has been doing to the tiny carbon footprint working poor in India has been hand & hand with Monsatan and now other GMO peddlers too BTW..

    Comment by Anonymous — August 23, 2017 @ 10:23 am

    • Yes, the goal across the board, from liberal de facto deniers to conservative de jure deniers, is to extract and burn as much fossil fuels as possible, destroy as many sinks as possible, and prevent any large-scale rebuilding of sinks. They want maximal destruction from climate chaos, for profit and most of all for power and control. Climate change is the ultimate disaster capitalist campaign.

      Comment by Russ — August 23, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

  4. when I started reading your reply the first thing that popped into my mind was “yes, disaster capitalism” 😉

    I was thinking too, what we can do to help. Plant trees. 3 years ago we moved because the new owner started cutting down all the trees on the property. When the first tree was cut I decided right then to move.

    This place is overflowing with trees (even though it’s in town only 4 blocks away) I looked at google’s “street view” and depending on what street and angle is selected, the views range from a few years to about a decade ago. The property had very few trees then. We’re just letting them grow, the power lines and foundation be damned. I especially like to see all the Mulberry trees popping up, since the birds love those.

    We go through > 50 # of chicken scratch a month. I have a telephoto lens zoomed in and put it on ch.4 (ch.3 is live RADAR and ch.2 are movies/shows from the collection) We get quite a kick watching the Bluejays snatching peanuts out of the mix (I add them, plus some crackers and bread, etc)

    I change the water as needed (it gets fouled pretty quickly) also some Milo (Sorghum) is growing all around the water tray and is maturing. We’ve set aside a corner of the yard as a reserve (wildflowers grow there)

    So even ordinary people can do constructive things if they want to. Including casting the only real vote we ever have – our wallets. Boycotting not only corporations but even down to other property owners (the old place sits empty, everyone has moved out since then) can make a difference/send a message.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 23, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

    • Sounds good. Great for birds and pollinators, and relief from the visual tyranny of the lawn.

      Comment by Russ — August 24, 2017 @ 2:36 am

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