Hello and Welcome to R.A.G.E.
Radio Against Global Ecocide
Coming to you from occupied Amiskwacîwâskahikan.
I am your Host Seymour Lyphe.
And a special hello to all those organizing to stop the insanity of the dominant culture.
Today on the show Stephanie McMillan. Stephanie is an award winning Cartoonist, Author and Organizer. She best known for her political cartoons Minimum Security and CodeGreen. She is co-author and illustrator of As the World Burns – 50 Way to Stay in Denial and illustrator of Mischief in The Forest. She is also in the movie END:CIV
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The past forty years have seen an explosion in the growth of NGOs. The World Bank estimates that nearly 15% of all overseas development aid is now channeled through NGOs. At the same time, we have seen a precipitous decline in mass social movements.
One Stuggle South Florida is hosting a discussion on the rise of the NGO and the fall of mass movements. Our hope is to foster an inter-organizational dialogue to raise awareness of the NGO trap and how together we can rebuild mass movements for justice, social change, and popular power.
Oct. 20, 2010
Participants: Victoria Guinea Pig, Kranti and Javier
Kranti: I’m willing to do *anything* to save the planet. But nothing works. The system keeps winning.
Victoria Guinea Pig: Failure is not an option. The system can not be permitted to kill the planet. You must stop it.
Kranti: But everything we try to do is ineffective.
Victoria Guinea Pig: Well. To be effective, you start with a goal. You have that already: save the planet. What is your overall strategy?
(Kranti and Javier look at each other, blankly).
Victoria Guinea Pig: How do you think the planet can be saved?
Kranti: By smashing capitalism. Duh.
Victoria Guinea Pig: How do you think you can defeat a whole global economic system? A system with a monopoly on laws, police, armies, wealth, productive capacity, as well as cultural and political institutions?
Kranti: Um… we keep attacking it from all sides until it falls to its knees, cries like a baby and surrenders?
Javier: All by ourselves? We can’t do it alone, Kranti.
Kranti: Plenty of people all over the world are doing it. Look at MEND. They’re small but managed to force a 40% reduction in oil production in Nigeria. Look at the Greek anarchists. The revolution in Nepal. The Naxalites in India. Look at… um. There are a lot we don’t even know about.
Javier: But in the US there are too few. To attack from within the center of the Empire, we need some kind of movement here. Without at least some public support, we’re toast.
Kranti: Let someone else organize it. I hate working with people. Everyone’s stupid! They think politicians will listen to them. They think it makes a difference if they drive a hybrid car or use Sierra Club-endorsed bleach. They believe we’ll invent magical technology that will use no energy, sequester CO2 and bring everyone extinct back to life while still keeping all the air conditioners running. I don’t want to waste my time with the ideologically challenged.
Victoria Guinea Pig: People are not stupid. Propaganda has brainwashed them. After armed forces, culture and information are two of the system’s most effective weapons. People’s thinking is shaped by whatever system they live under.
Javier: We could start a study group…
Kranti: Please don’t ask me to embark on a long-term educational campaign. The planet doesn’t have time. Also: booor-ing!
A Conversation With Derrick Jensen
By Mickey Z.
Worst of all, there’s nothing unique about the past 24 hours. It’s business as usual, a daily reality—and no amount of CFL bulbs, recycled toilet paper, or Sierra Club donations will change it even a tiny bit.
As you do your best to convince yourself of the vast chasm between the two wings of America’s single corporate party, I suggest you listen carefully to hear if even one of the politicians mentions any of the following:
- Every square mile of ocean hosts 46,000 pieces of floating plastic
- Eighty-one tons of mercury is emitted into the atmosphere each year as a result of electric power generation
- Every second, 10,000 gallons of gasoline are burned in the US
- Each year, Americans use 2.2 billion pounds of pesticides
- Ninety percent of the large fish in the ocean and 80 percent of the world’s forests are gone
- Every two seconds, a human being starves to death
This is just a minute sampling, folks, and sorry, but your hybrid ain’t helping. That reusable shopping bag you bring to the market has zero impact. Your home composting kit is not gonna start a revolution.
As you begin reading this interview, take a look at the nearest clock. Now, dig this: Since yesterday at the same exact time, 200,000 acres of rainforest have been destroyed, over 100 plant and animal species have gone extinct, 13 million tons of toxic chemicals were released across the globe, and 29,158 children under the age of five died from preventable causes. Read the rest here