Hello and Welcome to R.A.G.E.
Radio Against Global Ecocide
Coming to you from occupied Amiskwacîwâskahikan.
I am your Host Seymour Lyphe.
It is a newly formatted R.A.G.E. Radio Against Global Ecocide with a new logo designed by the super talented political activist, artist and syndicated cartoonist Stephanie McMillan. Over the weeks and months to come I hope to have both radio and some video shows too!
This week show for the new RAGE is an interview a I did a number of months ago and likely one of the best one of the best , insightful and to the point interviews I have had the pleasure of doing.
I spoke with Chaw-win-is who is from both the Tla-o-qui-aht and Cheklesaht nations and Anthony about relationship with Earth and the beings we share her with. Or more to the point the lack of relationship that exist in the dominant culture. They both shared their insights, their peoples insights and stories. Their points about how people had taken responsibility for their relationship with Earth, Salmon, tree, bear ,wolf and rivers to name a few and now it is missing now in the dominant culture. The interview reminds all of us of the commitments they make to us. In turn the the commitments we own to them. We need a resistance that will take up those responsibilities and commitments, those commitments that make us part of the living world again, that we may become human again.(This interview was done over Skype which caused some issues with the audio and I to apologize everyone especially Chaw-win-is and Anthony for that.)
By Derrick Jensen
The fact that the question – can we promote ecological sustainability through buying better things? – is taken seriously points to the absurdity of so much environmental discourse. We need to be clear: An industrial economy, no matter how green it declares itself, is inherently unsustainable. It is based on the use of nonrenewable resources and the hyperexploitation of renewable resources. In short, it’s based on drawdown. It’s a bit late in the murder of the planet to have to be saying this to environmentalists.
There has never been a sustainable civilization, and industrial civilization has been especially disastrous. Industrial civilization is also inherently unjust, as it is based on the importation of resources – a less kind word is theft – from colonies to the center of empire. In order for these resources to be stolen, Indigenous People must be driven from the land and forced into the global cash economy. The fact that people of good heart can ignore this reveals the degree to which they have internalized the logic of capitalism.
Let me put this another way. Would “buying better things” have stopped the Nazis? Would it have stopped apartheid? Would it have stopped slavery in the US? Of course not. In the latter two cases it was tried and it failed. Why? Because it completely ignored the role of power in causing injustice.
Before you blanch at my comparison of capitalism to the Nazis, look at this from the perspective of the 200 species driven extinct today, the 200 species driven extinct tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, in a holocaust of unimaginable proportions. Look at this from the perspective of the millions of children killed each year as a result of so-called debt repayment from the colonies to the center of empire. Look at this from the perspective of Indigenous humans forced off their lands. “Buying good stuff” does absolutely nothing to address these problems.
Read the rest here from Earth Island Journal