What Does “The End of the World” Mean?, by Roy Scranton

This is an excerpt of a recent essay by Roy Scranton entitled “Beginning with the End” which was published at Emergence magazine. Scranton is the author of We’re Doomed. Now What? and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene. His writing has been an important influence on me over the past two years. This latest essay is a slog though. It comes in at around 6,500 words and inexplicably intertwines the writing of British literary critic Frank Kermode. I believe there’s enough here to save though, so I have cut it down to what I think is its 1500-word essence.

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“Life After Economic Growth” by Shaun Chamberlin

This is an excerpt. To read the entire article, click here.

… “keep unemployment low”.  The appeal is easy to see, but what’s really going on here?

Consider the great economist John Maynard Keynes’ prediction, in 1930, that by the year 2000 the onward march of technology would lead to an average 15 hour working week in countries like the U.S. and U.K.  Naturally he saw this as progress–not a doom-laden prophecy of mass unemployment–and this fact begins to expose the inherent contradiction in the aim of maximising employment.  What economists see as wastefully underutilised ‘spare labour’ is what most of us might call spare time–time enjoyed outside the formal economy–a welcome part of a life well lived rather than a ‘problem of unemployment.’

Of course, modern life is not noted for the utopian, leisurely daily routines enjoyed by the bulk of the population.  So why was Keynes wrong?  Certainly not because the rate of technological advance over the past century failed to live up to his expectations.  No, rather because our economic paradigm literally makes widely-shared leisure time impossible. …

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Start by reconciling the individual and the whole.

excerpted from “To Change Everything: an anarchist appeal”

“Your rights end where another’s rights begin.” According to that logic, the more people there are, the less freedom.

But freedom is not a tiny bubble of personal rights. We cannot be distinguished from each other so easily. Yawning and laughter are contagious; so are enthusiasm and despair. I am composed of the clichés that roll off my tongue, the songs that catch in my head, the moods I contract from my companions. When I drive a car, it releases pollution into the atmosphere you breathe; when you use pharmaceuticals, they filter into the water everyone drinks. The system everyone else accepts is the one you have to live under—but when other people challenge it, you get a chance to renegotiate your reality as well. Your freedom begins where mine begins, and ends where mine ends.

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News from the Other End of the World: May 2020

The Newsletter for AnotherEndoftheWorld.org

This is a monthly newsletter for AnotherEndoftheWorld.org where I introduce new friends I have met in the Deep Adaptation community, give an update on current and future projects and essay ideas, and share what I’m currently reading and watching.

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“Damn Dirty Humans!”: ‘Planet of the Humans’ and Progressive Denial

Transitioning to renewable energy will not save us. 

That is the underlying message of Michael Moore’s new film, Planet of the Humans, which was just released on Earth Day. (You can watch it for free on YouTube.) At it’s most basic, our problem is that we have an infinite growth economy on a finite material planet. That problem will not be solved by transitioning to solar and wind without a drastic reduction in human consumption. 

This message has received a mixed response from environmentalists, ranging from relief—that this message is finally reaching a wider audience[1]—to outrage—that anyone would question what has become an article of faith for the mainstream environmental movement, i.e., that renewable energy will save us. I have to say, Planet of the Humans is not a perfect movie, either as a film or as an environmentalist text. But the movie goes to the heart of the problem—industrial capitalist civilization—and it correctly calls out the complicity of the mainstream environmental movement in that problem.

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“Planet of the Humans” and a Call for Emotional Intelligence by Laura Schmidt

Note: This is an except. You can read the entire article here.

Planet of the Humans has triggered a vast polarization amongst those of us working towards a livable future. … The responses I’m witnessing in the public spheres seem to stem from a place of emotional reactivity and the unprocessed grief is bubbling over. …

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“Mary Oliver for Corona Times (Thoughts after the poem Wild Geese) by Adrie Suzanne Kusserow

You do not have to become totally zen,
You do not have to use this isolation to make your marriage better,
your body slimmer, your children more creative.

You do not have to “maximize its benefits”
By using this time to work even more,
write the bestselling Corona Diaries,
Or preach the gospel of ZOOM.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body unlearn
everything capitalism has taught you,
(That you are nothing if not productive,
That consumption equals happiness,
That the most important unit is the single self.
That you are at your best when you resemble an efficient machine).

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Finding Meaning in the Dark: A Post-Doom Big Picture

Please invite your friends and join me next Sunday (May 3, 2020) at 10am (CDT) for a virtual presentation by eco-theologian, Michael Dowd, about living beyond hope and despair in a time of civilizational collapse. Michael’s message is especially salient during this time of social distancing and global pandemic.

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Why Earth Day Isn’t Working

Note: This is an excerpt from “Earth Day 2020: Fifty Years of Not Enough” by Paul Feather. You can read the entire article at Deep Green Resistance News Service.

“This year, the Earth Day Network is going digital. We are unable to gather during quarantine, so we will gather in the virtual world … on Earth Day… Seriously?

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