Our World is in Crisis

Species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation, rising seas, ocean acidification, global warming.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the dominant culture is killing the planet.
At the same time, societies around the world are staggeringly unjust.
Neocolonialism builds up empires on the backs of indigenous peoples, sweatshop workers, unpaid and underpaid women, and the bodies of our nonhuman kin.

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Premise One: Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization.

Premise Two: Traditional communities do not often voluntarily give up or sell the resources on which their communities are based until their communities have been destroyed. They also do not willingly allow their landbases to be damaged so that other resources—gold, oil, and so on—can be extracted. It follows that those who want the resources will do what they can to destroy traditional communities.

Premise Three: Our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on, requires, and would collapse very quickly without persistent and widespread violence.

Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

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Voices of Resistance

With the books I publish with my own small press I want to inspire thinkers and dissidents to break through an increasingly narrow public discourse, spread the seeds of decisive resistance against the destruction of our planet and encourage the revolutionary fight for justice and radical social change.

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