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To Change Everything: An Anarchist Appeal

A video collaboration with CrimethInc.

To Change Everything: An Anarchist Appeal

If you could change anything, what would you change? Would you
go on vacation for the rest of your life? Make fossil fuels stop causing
climate change? Ask for ethical banks and politicians? Surely nothing
could be more unrealistic than to keep everything the way it is and
expect different results.

Our private financial and emotional struggles mirror global
upheaval and disaster. We could spend the rest of our days trying to
douse these fires one by one, but they stem from the same source. No
piecemeal solution will serve; we need to rethink everything according
to a different logic.

To change anything, start everywhere.

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7 Comments on "To Change Everything: An Anarchist Appeal"

  1. bobinget on Sun, 25th Jan 2015 12:52 pm 

    Superstitious, ignorant, uneducated still believe
    in devine rights of kings, popes, mullahs, cult leaders, lighter complected.

    Better educated, wealthier, encourage allegiance to prime powers by majority underclass. In a pre-cyber, pre robotic world it was important to keep labor cheap and illiterate.
    Voting rights, hydraulics and cell phones brought
    something approaching equality to the developing world. Today, even in semi democratic societies leaders do come from working classes.

    I live in a Nicaraguan Barrio. Sunday sounds are that of music from competing religious services.
    Nicaragua, the second poorest nation in the hemisphere is also one of the safest.

  2. Plantagenet on Sun, 25th Jan 2015 12:59 pm 

    We’ve had a collapse in government authority resulting in anarchy right now in parts of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

    Hmmmm…..Anarchy doesn’t seem like such a good idea after all.

  3. Beery on Sun, 25th Jan 2015 5:38 pm 

    Libya, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing “chaos”, which is commonly confused with anarchy, but anarchy is very different.

  4. Rodster on Mon, 26th Jan 2015 4:59 am 

    I would change the way money works. The Ponzi scheme known as fractional reserve banking is at the root of most if not all of our current problems.

    De-globalize the world economies. There’s no reason for the misuse of natural resources when you ship citrus fruits to Florida from different parts of the world. That’s just one glaring example.

  5. Davy on Mon, 26th Jan 2015 7:53 am 

    Road, There is really know alternative to what we have with the population we have. There is nothing that can be done. There is no financial trick to transition to and still have a functioning BAU that can feed and keep 7BIL people from killing each other from hunger and unrest. There is no managed degrowth to simplify and slow down a hyper complex world. Complexity cannot be undone without a cascade of failures resulting. Complexity must be maintained by energy intensity and financial liquidity intensity that our fractional reserve global monetary system supplies. 7BIL people cannot be fed without vast global monocultures transported by elaborate distribution networks facilitated by a global financial system. Knowledge, technology, and global systems management must be maintained to accommodate the high degree of needs of such a large population that are within delocalized locals. The global is the mother ship that supports all our locals. IMA with a large fraction of those locals in unsustainable and hostile environments without adequate local food or water potential. Many are in hyper urban areas far beyond hope of support in a descent of economic activity.

    This is really an apocalyptic situation especially when one considers the massive global environmental degradation, localized ecosystem failures, high quality resource depletion, and climate instability. I say apocalyptic but it is not yet evident the time frame. This could play out as a long emergency where we boil like a frog or maybe a serious near-term quick and painful collapse. Either way this ‘MUST’ play out. I say ‘MUST’ because this is the nature of earth ecosystems. Ecosystems cycle and any cycling for the Anthropocene human ecosystem at its cuurent peak is deadly because this system has no choice but to grow because of the level of population and complexity. Finite planetary systems have finite ecosystems plain and simple. There can be no argument on this it is a natural law. We are at the point of limits of growth and diminishing returns with population overshoot to carrying capacity. We require ever greater energy intensity and systematic complexity.

    Population is the key to any human ecosystem reform. Not just a nice friendly kumbaya leveling off we are talking those scenes from revelations complete with horseman. The single most important degrowth tool is population. The quickest way to reduce population is to lower energy intensity from oil supply reductions. It seems to me that is PO and that appears to be what is happening now with demand and supply destruction we are seeing coupled with a bursting financial bubble. The ship is sinking and we may see a halving of population in a generation. This has no historical precedence so who knows if man can hold a civilization together. I have always said it will be lady luck and how hard and long this descent is as far as civilization reboot. We are currently on a bumpy descent heading into the darkness on a runaway train. There is much laughter and song with the rich and powerful. Many of the poor or newly poor are already falling off the overloaded train to their death. There are a few of us that have a decent seat but are closing our eyes and praying because we know better.

  6. Perk Earl on Mon, 26th Jan 2015 11:34 am 

    “This is really an apocalyptic situation especially when one considers the massive global environmental degradation, localized ecosystem failures, high quality resource depletion, and climate instability.”

    It’s definitely building in those different ways you mention above, Davy, to some kind of crescendo, from which the fall will be sudden or at minimum slow and harsh. I keep wondering as many others are as to how far this puppy can be pushed before it falls.

    The best analogy I can think of for the overshoot, the extend and pretend, is a wave that is cresting then at some point crashes.

  7. Davy on Mon, 26th Jan 2015 12:25 pm 

    Perk, I just don’t know. I thought the curtains were coming down in 08. I was all prepared or as prepared as one can get short term. Yet, the curtains went up and the cast came out for another ovation.

    I like to think this is a new age of paradoxes with new rules that has just begun. I am feeling we have entered a paradigm shift of descent having just departed the bumpy plateau end of growth. Cannibalism of the social fabric and wealth transfer of the financial fabric may be able to continue because of momentum. Part of this momentum is the limits of growth will have less pressure on society as BAU decays. We will see less resources but with less economic activity so it will resemble muscle atrophy.

    The environment although dying has proven highly resilient to immediate runaway events. I see the environment much like water in a phase change. It takes allot of energy to change water phases but when it happens it is quick and violent. Anyway this could drag on for some years although the dagger in the heart will likely be the demand and supply destruction we are seeing in the oil sector now. That to me is the brick wall.

    In the meantime much is normal if you stay of the internet and disregard current events. Lights still go on, grocery store shelves are stocked, money still works, you know, life is like it always has been. It is very hard to step out of BAU and look in. When one does that then BAU becomes surreal and fictional. Those attributes are great for the arts but damn scary for something that supports our lives.

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