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  • December 12, 2014De-Civilising; Re-Culturing

    De-Civilising; Re-Culturing

    Kirsten Tona

    It used to be that terrorists would attack infrastructure in order to get the attention of those in power (and those economically in thrall to them) or to cause them serious nuisance. Now, the destruction of the infrastructure is its own end. This infrastructure destroys, exploits and enslaves life forms, lands and cultures. The enemy..

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      Michael Topic: Interesting article. I want to retain the technology that is relatively benign, though. I am not against all progress. My other problem with what I understand to be the Deep Green agenda is that there is a faction that is right into depopulation. I don't think this has been thought through. Humans are an integral part of the eco system. I think trends like the Sexodus are already limiting population and will do so increasingly. I also think that quantum biology will reveal that nature is remarkably subtle and efficient and that messing around with robots made of metal and silicon is a silly game. I think engineers will find it very hard to improve on nature, once they understand how it works. Right now, they are sure they can. I don't think their hubris is valid. I have hope for the future, but I abhor destruction of all technology just because it is technology. Dismantle the very harmful stuff, for sure, but use the pieces for something useful, or the waste just causes another environmental problem. Repurposing bad technology for good purposes wastes far less. Just my ten bob's worth. Liked the passion in your writing. View Post
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      Sandra Kelly: Really good article. All hail the great God Economy! Progress at any cost, with no let up of the insanity in sight. Hard to believe the corporations now rule the world - that we let this happen. But yes, this is the way it always go. The people don't rise up to any meaningful degree until they've more or less reached the point of desperation. Only small pockets of humanity are awake enough or affected enough to be getting together for action. How much will be destroyed before enough people get together to bring about meaningful change is anyone's guess. Who has answers? No one. You can't force the entire world to act. You can't predict when they will if they will and how any world wide action will pan out. The thing is now, to make people aware of what's happening. Make connections, widen connections and look for opportunities as things unfold. Articles like this are a good way to help bring about awareness. Good on you Ms Tona!! View Post
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      Liam Michaels: Brilliant article. Not many journalists are willing to face the reality of our times. All factors point to a cliff, economic collapse, ecological collapse, it's barely worth deciding which will come first, they are so entwined, as the author points out. Where are the long-term thinkers? We do have to think outside our own lives, I agree with that, but can we? Attention spans are becoming shorter all the time. There's not much in our culture that encourages deep and sustained cogitation. We need a new set of think tanks, people who are able to consider deep time and put humankind into perspective as to where we lie in the make-up of the universe. But instead we are falling into short term thinking and infighting and brutality. We do have the thinkers, but where is the encouragement for them to give really prolonged consideration to the big questions? When everyone is struggling to make ends meet, and is unsure of their employment and their social situation, there is no culture of profound thought. Universities have kept on towards becoming vocational training institutions, and this will be felt in the decade before us, when there are no well-educated philosophers and generalists. Everyone becomes a specialist due to the competition for employment. There's something to be said for the "gentleman/lady scholar". We need big thinkers who are not depending on huge corporations for their salaries. We need ivory towers. We really do seem to be becoming dumber. And some of the dumbest things we are doing are in the field of education, so it will only get worse if we don't turn back the tide. I agree with Susan Charcroft here. Aboriginal Australians did manage this continent far better than anyone from the UK or Europe ever realised. But do they still have all that knowledge? If it wasn't recorded, isn't it lost? A pity, we're already seeing the devastation of topsoil and water aquifers and ecosystems, and bushfires will get worse, even though we can rely on our Great Leader to run at the drop of a hat to a photo opportunity with a bunch of rural firies! We must use every democratic means to change the directions of the parliaments, but if that's not enough, it is true that some people will take matters into their own hands. And maybe they should. If it's pipe lines and trawlers you are attacking, you will need to be extremely careful not to use violence against people, as that would alienate the rest of the country, and we have to be united to be effective. Places like the Bentley blockade are a good example, as they were drawn from so many different groups, but they all worked peacefully together. Peace is the most important thing. I believe if we can't do this peacefully then maybe humans don't deserve to live. View Post
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      Susan Chacroft: "That there is no point taking control of the machines; those who end up in control will simply become another corrupted ruling class...". So true Kirsten, shades of throw the ring into the volcano Frodo. We have no hope of controlling the technology and the mess it is making. It is not sustainable either. In just over 200 years humanity has destroyed so much. The sovereign people of this country currently known as Australia, managed to maintain the environment in pristine condition for over 50,000 years plus. Left the wealth safely locked in the ground, the trees, the water, for those who come after us. All the exploitive technology and those who use it has left is a big mess. We have not thought of how those who come after us and have left a depleted environment for them to struggle in. View Post
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      Sally Chapman: Thought provoking article. While agreeing with the author that 'representative democracy' has failed us, I would further claim that we do not have a 'representative democracy'. Because of the party system, your 'local' representative supports the party line, whichever that is, NOT the interests of constituents. The 'growth and progress' myth has captured the vast majority. We need folks willing to step up to be citizen politicians, and citizens to support them, in lieu of a political class. Closest I can think of currently in politics would be Scott Ludlam. View Post