Revolution is the political part of E.A.R.T.H. In this introduction, I try to outline where we are at politically, what progress has been made, what is yet to come and how we might help get there.
A fairly middle of the road environmental party of which I am a member, the Australian Greens, is often labelled extreme by conservative opponents. This is a discussion of what it means to be labelled extreme.
A friend was publishing The Equal Standard magazine as part of her Phd, and asked for submissions on the topic of Extremism. I did two versions and this is the one which got published.
I wanted to write an explanation of why I thought anarchism was the only philosophy capable of taking us into the future. It ended up being more of an extended mind dump, so forgive me for that, but I hope you find something interesting in it. Caveat lector!
A long stream of consciousness I wrote in my twenties at the point I started to become who I am today. I've changed since then, and I've written better things since then, but the direction of my ethics as expressed in this article hasn't changed too much.
An email was sent to an environment collective I was part of asking how it is that the conservatives so easily won the 2004 Australian federal election when they were so clearly morally bankrupt? This is my vitriolic answer.
Is it possible that my people live in such awful conditions?...I tell you, Mr Wheatley, that if I had to live in conditions like that I would be a revolutionary myself
— King George V
George Monbiot
To heal our broken world, the thought that we just haven't got any ideas, or need to wait for technological innovation, is profoundly destructive. We aren't awaiting anything, we have the tools and thinking we need to progress as a species to a better place of equality and ecological compatibility. We have a surfeit of solutions and ideas, but which ones are we going to implement is our current challenge. I am toying with evoking Lennon the intro to the book I am writing: This book will save the world, if you want it What I mean to say is...