environment

Primitivism in technological society - Miquel Amorós

In these notes for a 2006 talk, Miquel Amorós depicts primitivism as an example of “false consciousness and ideological deviation” whose initial “kernel of truth” in the 1990s (its fervent opposition to development) was annulled in the next decade when the movement “rejected the idea of revolution” and “fell into a paralyzing fatalism” that keeps the primitivist, who identifies “the humanization of the world with … the domestication and artificialization of man”, “in a state of waiting, hedonistically expecting that a catastrophe will resettle a disillusioned humanity in the aboriginal jungle and put rational thought back on the road of instinct, magic and voodoo”.

The climate crisis …and the new green capitalism?

Photo by Sandri Alexandra

Aufheben convincingly argue that "green capitalism" is not impossible, and that capital can recuperate environmental struggles.

Two editorials from Argelaga - Revista Argelaga

The two lead editorials from the first two issues (2013) of the Barcelona periodical, Argelaga: An Anti-Developmentalist Libertarian Journal, introducing the journal and declaring its perspectives and goals, which are summed up as the creation of “an atmosphere of dissidence and desertion in which the historical subject, which is nothing but the anti-capitalist community, can be constituted and consolidated” (Argelaga no. 1) in a struggle that is not just rural but aimed also at “a return to the city, that is, to the self-governed and de-capitalized space where liberty and history originated” (Argelaga no. 2).

The event of the Albanian fall

Yes we can say NO!

The dismantlement of the Syrian chemical armaments in Albanian territory, furthered by the US and Russian governments, was countered by a grassroot movement of self-organized groups and political activists who repudiated Albanian government's servility to the neo-colonial foreign policy of the two superpowers. The declaration-analysis below was written by Organizata Politike, a radical leftist political organization.

The war against territory, the highest stage of domination - Miguel Amorós

An essay on the contemporary crisis (“the real crisis”) as the assault of capitalism against “the territory”, defined in the sense of land in its socially balanced and natural determinations (“metabolism with nature”) as opposed to the commodity real estate, the false, one-sided opposition movements (technocratic tinkering and misanthropic primitivism) that have arisen in response to this crisis, and the possible solution to the crisis that consists in a movement for a “predominantly rural, horizontal and egalitarian” society based on “renewable energies”, “ecological agriculture”, “public transport” and “local production”, among other things.

Midnight in the century: notes against progress - Miguel Amorós

An examination of the history and significance of the concept of “progress”, its origins as an expression of the Enlightenment’s battle against religious bigotry and ignorance, its transformation into a “new [scientific] superstition” characterized by indifference to nature and the worship of technological change, and its current status as “a threat to the survival of the human species”.

Preliminary discourse - Encyclopédie des Nuisances

The introductory essay of the first issue of the journal, Encyclopédie des Nuisances (The Encyclopedia of Nuisances, or Encyclopedia of Harmful Phenomena), published by the group of the same name in 1984.

Carbon Black - Ian Bone

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (Library of Congress)

An article by the lovely Ian Bone about residents of Port Tennant, Swansea organising against pollution in their neighbourhood. Taken from Solidarity: For Workers’ Power, Vol. 6, No. 10.

Limits to growth: The 30-year update - Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, and Jørgen Randers

In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production.

Romania: resistance against corporate environmental destruction and politics-as-usual

This article, on insistent protests against an environmentallt destructive mining project in Romania, was written for ROARmag.org, where a slightly differently edited version can already be found, together with a very useful comment on the article.