“The sobering truth is when the oil is gone… the maximum energy we will ever be able to use is what the sun can photosynthetically give us in a day… There is no ‘next’ to cure our oil addiction. There is only the realization that eventually we will have to drastically change our energy consumption, and our way of life. We will have to abandon capitalist dictated expansion and opt for systems of locality with our primary focus on sustainable living.
“Capitalism thrives not so much on the division of work as it does on the division of workers. It seeks to incite race against race, the factory hand against the farmer, the laborer against the skilled man, the worker of one country against those of another. The strength of the exploited class lies in dis-unity, in divided laborers; the social revolution requires the unity of the toiling masses.”—Alexander Berkman (via ellesugars)
“Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand.”—Charles C. Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (via xuron)
“There are 45 muslim countries. Not one of them has assaulted a western country in the past 200 years. It was always us who attacked militarily (…) When I read that still 83% of Germans think Muslims are fanatics, it becomes clear how little we know about the Muslim world. The fanatics are sitting in the West.”—Inteview with Jürgen Todenhoffer, author of “Why do you kill Zaid” (via xuron)