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November 23, 2017

Ecological Thanksgiving

Filed under: Agroecology, American Revolution, Dance of Death, Reformism Can't Work — Tags: , , — Russell Bangs @ 10:58 am

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The Earth is a fount of great abundance.
 
Human ingenuity can render this fount even more abundant. Agroecology is the supreme example, the greatest human accomplishment.
 
Nature’s bounty augmented by human thought and labor provide all that humanity needs and all it can sanely want.
 
The only problem, ever, is human insanity, human depravity, which convinces itself it wants more than the abundant Earth ecologically offers. This has always been the source of all human evil and all human destructiveness. This insanity is pure nihilism, pure loathing of the womb and of oneself.
 
Temporarily aided by the one-off fossil fuel binge, this anti-human loathing of humanity and the Earth has been able to ramify itself in the form of the corporate-technocratic extreme energy civilization. As if their insanity and evil weren’t enough, they even whine that not everyone shows sufficient “gratitude”.
 
On the contrary, it’s these traitors against Gaia and humanity who incarnate the blackest ingratitude, the most capital treason, against all that this wonderful, beautiful, magical Earth has offered us. If only all people had been willing to live in peace, we could all know peace and happiness. But there are such vermin who refuse to live in peace, and humanity and the Earth will never know peace until Earth is purged of this infestation.
 
 
Ecological history will prevail, and Gaia shall impose the correction she always does in the end. Humanity can participate by building the abolitionist movement.
 
We can best live our thanks to Earth by propagating the necessary new ideas and building this movement. This is the great focus of human life for the next two centuries.
 
On this day of Thanksgiving we can thank abundant Earth and consecrate our lives to our gratitude. Earth is the basis of life itself. Only those who choose to march with death deny this.
 
There’s nothing left but to reclaim the land, build the soil, and fight for life. This is the only positive action left in the terminus of the extreme energy civilization where Politics is Dead.
 
This action is the expression of thanks, today and every day. This is the way to make every day a thanksgiving, and to prepare a world where humanity finally shall live its great gratitude in faith, every day, in all the peace, prosperity and happiness Earth’s abundance can provide. That’s why I write, in prospective thankfulness for this coming movement and this coming ecological peace.
 
 
Propagate the necessary new ideas.
 
 
 
 
 

11 Comments

  1. “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

    Comment by VernonHuffman — November 23, 2017 @ 11:09 am

    • Solzhenitsyn ought to know, right? As I recall he was involved in bigoted “politics” after the collapse of the USSR.

      Meanwhile we know the pure evil of the poisonists, and I’m sorry that you have a faint heart about it.

      Comment by Russ — November 23, 2017 @ 11:28 am

      • Who among us is completely innocent of spreading poison?

        Comment by VernonHuffman — November 23, 2017 @ 11:35 am

      • I’ve not done it voluntarily in many years and repent of any naivete of youth. In more recent years I’ve worked to build soil. There’s no abolition button I wouldn’t press immediately if I could. You’re saying you still spew poison and destruction of your free will?

        Are you an abolitionist or not?

        Comment by Russ — November 23, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

      • Are you apologizing for anyone who’s part of the system?

        Comment by Russ — November 23, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

      • Do you want to breathe what spews from the tailpipe of your motor vehicle? Everybody I know has some complicity in exploitation and pollution. It all adds up.

        Comment by VernonHuffman — November 23, 2017 @ 10:59 pm

    • VH, Your point about complicity misses something. Why are the peasants “complicit”? This is a top-down, centrally planned economy that forces the lower rungs to run on the money hamster wheel in order to survive and have access to basic resources. People need to have a rather special skill set and/or have escaped (brainwashed from youth) consumerist groupthink enough to know how to avoid the ecologically harmful traps of the rat race.

      How are people supposed to get to their “jobs” without a car in many places? Why is the combustible engine still the main mode of transportation? Why is the fossil fuel industry so heavily subsidized to facilitate this and other grid infrastructure? Why does public education not teach critical thinking instead of consumerism? Gardening instead of memorizing re-written history books?

      Your accusations of complicity lack context. Are the board members and CEOs of Monsanto and BP really to be compared to Joe the Chevy driver, who needs to get to the factory by 7am to put food on his table and was trained to have a “weed”-free, well-trimmed front lawn instead of an herb garden? I myself, cringe when I see so many learned, bad ecological practices by my fellow peasants, but I understand how it came to be. They have been poisoned by pharmaceuticals, junk/pesticide foods, fluoridated water, and plenty of propaganda throughout their lives. In the age of information, we do have a chance to make people more aware and perhaps tip a shift in collective consciousness. It probably won’t involve everyone moving into the woods and attempting to live off the grid, and it will probably take longer than the little time we have left to stop the criminal cabal at the top that is relentlessly assaulting the inhabitability of the planet. Saying “it’s our fault too” is “true”, but why? The rules of the game were rigged from the beginning and the obstacles for circumvention are many.

      Comment by Pete — November 24, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

      • Thanks Pete. I’d say the whole matter of complicity is on a spectrum, from those who avidly worship Mammon (whether they personally benefit or are harmed by it; of course the vast majority of devotees are Stockholm syndrome victims) to the handful who not only want to abolish the Mammon theocracy but have been lucky enough to find a way to really live without money, a car, etc. Most of the few who want to abolish it all are still in the situation we are, of being under some coercion to participate. The key, as I told Vernon before, is to fight back, start building the new, and in the meantime to minimize participation and reject any moral complicity, e.g. giving no aid and comfort to scams like industrial renewables, hybrid cars, etc. Vernon wants to collapse this spectrum to two groups, total ardent complicity and total abstention. But this is obviously not reality.

        I also pointed out to Vernon that his bicycle (he claims he has no car and never drives) is still part of the globalization system. Indeed James Howard Kunstler, in his World Made By Hand, doesn’t have people riding bicycles on the grounds that according to his research bicycle manufacture and maintenance would not be sustainable without plentiful fossil fuels.

        I forgot to ask Vernon whether he’s broken free of using money and any dependence upon money. The point being, one’s on the spectrum, and I doubt anyone in the “civilized” world has truly broken free of the coercion, what Vernon calls “complicity”, of Mammon and the productionist-consumptionist-corporate-technocratic system.

        Comment by Russ — November 26, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Shut down the blog, Russ.

    Collapse is the only way. Let the whole thing die a necessary death. Let China take over. Let the Muslims breed and kill each other and the world.

    Anything…anything! is better than continued American empire. America will destroy all human life and life to come. Nobody else will, or is capable, of that.

    Comment by dolph — November 24, 2017 @ 12:56 am

  3. The system which is failing us has been rolling for centuries. Participants at every level have been trained and face challenges. Nobody seems to be empowered to institute radical change without collaboration from others with different access and skill sets. I don’t see anything gained from naming and blaming. We don’t need enemies. We need solutions.

    Comment by VernonHuffman — November 25, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

    • This site is loaded with solutions. And while we don’t need enemies, we have them. I don’t see anything gained from being in denial about this.

      Praytell what “skill set” from the technocratic cult are you referring to? The ability to give us all a quick death?

      Comment by Russ — November 26, 2017 @ 3:03 pm


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