[diggers350] Re: Derek Wall's article on Ecofascism

Ed Iglehart tipiglen at dircon.co.uk
Wed Jun 19 17:58:50 BST 2002

God Bless you Molly!  Let's have more of this.
Vulnerability is more efficient than paranoia.

Molly wrote:

> I don't find this a helpful or particularly coherent view. It seems to link a
> whole group of people who might once have been considered towards the right of
> a single-line political continuum that no longer has any meaning and then
> attempt to suggest they have ideological uniformity.<snip> We also need to have the humility to learn from the successes and mistakes of all political movers and shakers of the past, whether or not we consider them part of our 'group' or near our ideological space.

Former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali
    visited the ruins of the World Trade Center on
    Thursday. When reporters asked how he felt about
    the suspects sharing his Islamic faith, Ali
    responded pleasantly, "How do you feel about
    Hitler sharing yours?"

> <snip>we focused on the bits of each other which we found unacceptable so that people were afraid to admit that they ate meat or had spiritual beliefs, for example. We cannot afford to treat each other this way ...<snip>  The culture of mutual suspicion and ideological oneupmanship that this sort of approach might well foster would be fertile soil for the sort of divide-and-rule strategy that the corporations are already using to counter the powerful message of our movement.


> Our future must rely on learning respect and love for the planet and its
> creatures. This is the place in our hearts from where our political activity
> must grow, otherwise we will only be able to create more of the same hatreds.
> My love to you all this cheerful summer morning!

Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmat Allah wa Barakatihi
Peace, God's mercy and blessings be upon you

 An adventure is only an inconvenience
       rightly considered.  An inconvenience
       is only an adventure wrongly considered.

                -G. K. Chesterton

How to Overthrow the System:
brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee;
kill your own beef; build your own cabin and
piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.
-- Ed Abbey

You can best serve civilization by being against
what usually passes for it.
-- Wendell Berry

To put the bounty and the health of our land,
our only commonwealth, into the hands of people
who do not live on it and share its fate
will always be an error.
For whatever determines the fortune of the land
determines also the fortune of the people.
If history teaches anything, it teaches that.
   --Wendell Berry http://www.tipiglen.dircon.co.uk/berryfc.html

Use Tao to help rule people.
This world has no need for weapons,
Which soon turn on themselves.
Where armies camp, nettles grow;
After each war, years of famine.

The most fruitful outcome
Does not depend on force,
But succeeds without arrogance
    Without hostility
    Without pride
    Without resistance
    Without violence.

If these things prosper and grow old,
This is called not-Tao.
Not-Tao soon ends.

Tao Te Ching, 30, translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo

"A civilization that relentlessly destroys the
living land it inhabits is not well acquainted with truth,
regardless of how many supposed facts it has amassed
regarding the calculable properties of its world."
             -David Abram, "The Spell of the Sensuous"

"The more clearly we can focus our attention
on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction."
                                              -- Rachel Carson © 1954

The deep roots of modern misogynism?

   Patience serves as a protection against wrongs
   as clothes do against cold.  For if you put on
   more clothes as the cold increases, it will
   have no power to hurt you.  So in like manner
   you must grow in patience when you meet with
   great wrongs, and they will then be powerless
   to vex your mind.
               -Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
                Artist, architect and engineer

"When you are about to do an objective and
       scientific piece of investigation of a topic,
       it is well to have the answer firmly in hand,
       so that you can proceed forthrightly,
       without being deflected or swayed,
       directly to the goal.
                               -Amrom Katz

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