Announcing Black Seed Issue #4

In This Issue:

  • The End of the World?
  • Activism and the Green Left
  • An Introduction to the Anthropecene
  • Interviews with Dominique & Knowing the Land is Resistance
  • The Aftermath of the Katrina Disaster
  • Anarcho-Primitivism and Green Platonism
  • Nihilist Animism
  • Reviews & More…

Editorial: Is the End of the World Upon us?

There are plenty of signs that would lead  us  to  believe  that  this  is  the case. In this issue we focus on natural  catastrophies,  both  the  incredibly
dangerous ways they’re minimized by government  agencies  and  popular  media,  as well as our total lack of collective responsibility,  demonstrated  by  our  increasing consumption  of  finite  resources.  Our world  has  gone  mad  with  profit-for-the-very-few and the political and social consequences of a world with as great a gap in income levels as there has ever been are dangerous.  How  will  the  next  economic crash look compared to the 1930s? Will it take another war to end the next one? Can we survive such a war? Finally, is the end of the world visible in how we allow ourselves to be treated by the State? If Black Lives Matter has taught us anything it is that the human capacity to objectify and destroy  other  humans  is  as  high  today as it has ever been and that the rhetoric is even more sophisticated (and not) and even less forgiving. If the end of the world is  a  measurable  event  there  is  plenty  of evidence that the meter for it is at a near high.
But if we were to predict what is going to  happen  we  would  not  predict  a  technicolor,  end-of-the-action-movie,  discrete end of the world in our lifetime. What we would  predict  is  instead  something  of  a whimper.  We  would  argue  that  the  end of human progress looks like a thousand Space  X  capsules  failing  to  make  orbit, islands  in  South  Asia  disappearing,  and the infamous air pollution in Bejing. The headlines  will  continue  to  scream  about the end of the idea that humans are capable of thinking and acting in big and successful ways about our own possibilities. We will slowly starve.
The  end  of  the  world—just  like  ideas of human perfectibility or our progressive future of reasonable solutions to logistical problems—should  be  seen  for  what  it is:  a  construction  of  the  amazing  myth machine of the particular society that we live in. Our four horsemen will not come with scythe, sword, arrow, and scale. They will just come with less: less resources, less political stability, and less capacity to see a way out. This is because ultimately what we call the end of the world will merely be the end of this particular humanist society, the end of a Western Civilization that spans the globe, the end of Global Capitalism™ as we know it. It may be the end of neo-Rome but it isn’t the end of us.
The  problem  we  face  is:  who  are  we without  the  world  as  we  understand  it? Are  we  preppers  whose  future  vision  is limited to fences and feeding our (homogenous) children? Are we parochial victims of  future  strongmen  as  prefigured  in  so many movies and books? Or are we something else?
If rewilding has been worth anything in  green  anarchist  thought  and  practice it’s been engaging as an intervention into this question. But along with gaining skills we also need to seriously reassess how we associate  with  one  another.  Perhaps  it is  too  late  for  city  dwellers,  who  appear to be no longer capable of caring for one another  even  in  today’s  world.  We  have plenty  of  examples  of  what  co-existence can look like, what forms cooperation and mutual aid have taken, but we experience its  impossibility  in  our  daily  lives.  Perhaps the lesson we should draw from the upcoming Great Whimper is that we have serious  work  to  do  regarding  the  depth and  sincerity  of  our  interpersonal  relationships.  Other  people  may  not  save  us but they do sometimes make surviving on less  seem  like  thriving  on  more,  a  lesson that  becomes  more  and  more  obviously necessary, as we have experienced excess and it has turned out to be less desirable than we could have imagined.

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One response to “Announcing Black Seed Issue #4”

  1. Civilization is going to collapse. The only question is, when? The sooner the better, because the sooner the human footprint on this planet is removed, the more of everything else there will be left to start over again. So to provide the optimum possibilities for the future, the best procedure is to try to bring about the collapse as soon as possible. Large-scale sabotage of vital infrastructure is only one option. There are others.

    But until the collapse happens, there are some other things that can be done. One is to try to gain some sort of protection for as much wilderness land area as possible, so those areas that are temporarily protected by laws while the human domination of the earth lasts will be available as seedbeds when the Human Age is over. The same logic applies to gaining legal protection for as many species as possible. The more of them that survive, even in captivity, the more will be around when the time comes to liberate them into a world without humans, or at least few enough humans that they do not matter.

    Likewise, until the happy day comes when there is no more civilization and the number of humans has been shrunk down to what the world can endure, any action that reduces the amount of pollution, most especially radioactive pollution, or prevents construction of megadams, superhighways, and other massive scar tissue upon the surface of the planet, is at least a step in the right direction.

    But since continued human domination of the earth is not compatible with the long-term survival of the biosphere, any proposed solution that does not envision the end of human hegemony is not a solution. And how the humans live until the collapse, or what social and economic arrangements they have until then does not matter.

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