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Dilemma Tale

Posted in Revolution, Sustainable farming with tags , , , , on October 30, 2017 by Rob Wallace

Puerto Rico 1Perses, lay up these things in your heart, and do not let that Strife who delights in mischief hold your heart back from work, while you peep and peer and listen to the wrangles of the court-house. –Hesiod (700 BC)

Perhaps we suffer a neoliberal hangover believing victory to be found in choosing which ecological catastrophe will annihilate civilization.

Will it be the metabolic rifts disconnecting human health and food from the quasi-equilibria of a variety of ecosystemic cycles spooling apart? Will it be the metabolic shifts in the new pathogens and pollutions capitalism selects for but we payless cannot survive for long? Or is the bourgeois episteme unraveling across multiple domains, producing monsters of omission and commission alike?

Do we play the Tannhäuser, our fates at momenta beyond men and gods alike, finding solace in a death drive proving our rival priests wrong? Will there be relief in an epitaph that reads, “I…was…right!” Or, the golden age in us, will we find the path out the grand trap in the faces of our children?

Fracking Modernity

Posted in Ecological resilience, Revolution with tags , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2013 by Rob Wallace

Big Oil fracks on plains prone to floods climate change is increasing in frequency. Overfishing has killed off jellyfishes’ predators, turning our seas back to the Precambrian. Are we doomed? Marshall Berman, who died last week in his soup at his favorite diner, wrote the 19th century’s brightest minds had a much more complicated relationship with modernity, simultaneously assimilating its terror and its beauty. So tonight remind yourself why the world is worth fighting for. Hit the club, drink, dance, and make love like Earth depends on it. Because it does.