Society gets all the criminals it deserves
To speak of ‘limits to growth’ under a capitalistic market economy is as meaningless as to speak of limits of warfare under a warrior society. The moral pieties, that are voiced today by many well-meaning environmentalists, are as naive as the moral pieties of multinationals are manipulative. Capitalism can no more be ‘persuaded’ to limit growth than a human being can be ‘persuaded’ to stop breathing. Attempts to ‘green’ capitalism, to make it ‘ecological’, are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth.
In modern times humans have become a wolf not only to humans, but to all nature.
This project is deeply moving in its commitment to the long-term ecological health of the region; it speaks to our deep need as human beings to steward nature’s rich abundance.
The right of self-determination of the peoples includes the right to a state of their own. However, the foundation of a state does not increase the freedom of a people. […] Democratic confederalism is the contrasting paradigm of the oppressed people.
We are condemned to be modern. We can’t escape the facts of our history or of living in an age dominated by instrumental rationality, even as we look for ways out of it… But it has become our historic responsibility to acknowledge the continuing importance of myth, at a level beyond science, in realizing a more organic, holistic relation to the world.
A policy that promises salvation from the present crisis can only lead to a proper social system if it is ecological.