Humanity: The Reasoning Part of Nature

Humanity, as a collective entity, can be envisioned as the portion of nature that is capable of reasoning. We are a way in which nature extends itself, venturing forth in a new way into realms that the animal and plant kingdoms do not know (just as much of their experience is foreign to us).

via Humanity: The Reasoning Part of Nature | Humanity’s Way Forward.

From the Anthropocene to the Neo-Cybernetic Underground.

Today, we must think on a level of non-trivial, complex environmentality, to reorganize our thinking profoundly according to the environment. And this doesn’t only concern the establishment of a theory, but also the institutions, politics, ethics, or even pragmatics. The concept of the Anthropocene functions as a kind of catalyzer for the whole bundle of questions connected to the radicalization of environmentality, even though without doubt people are already working on it and these questions travelled trough the second half of the 20th century. This is extremely urgent: the economy, governments and parts of academia mainly use the term Anthropocene to push their own interests and do lobby work. An enormous conceptual potential is being sacrificed on the altar of globalization and its rat races. The new management of our planet, which some want to install today, in a certain way cybernetizes the old anthropocentric vision and pushes it over the top. This is utterly untenable and distorts the problem and logic of the concept Anthropocene.

via From the Anthropocene to the Neo-Cybernetic Underground. A conversation with Erich Hörl. | 60pages.

Study Finds Monsanto’s GM Corn Nutritionally Dead, Highly Toxic

It is important to remember that the BT Toxin is not ON the corn husk, but IN the corn, itself.

by Mike Barrett

Is GMO corn nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO corn? Monsanto will tell you the answer is a big ‘yes’, but the real answer is absolutely not. And the simple reality is that they are continuing to get away with their blatant misinformation. In fact, a 2012 nutritional analysis of genetically modified corn found that not only is GM corn lacking in vitamins and nutrients when compared to non-GM corn, but the genetic creation also poses numerous health risks due to extreme toxicity.

With the recent passing of the Monsanto Protection Act, there is no question that mega corporations like Monsanto are able to wield enough power to even surpass that of the United States government. The new legislation provides Monsanto with a legal safeguard against federal courts striking down any pending review of dangerous GM crops. It is ironic to see the passing of such a bill in the face of continuous releases of GMO dangers.

via Study Finds Monsanto’s GM Corn Nutritionally Dead, Highly Toxic – Healthy Holistic LivingHealthy Holistic Living.

2 Lessons from 40 Years of Self-Reliance on a Half-Acre Homestead

Let’s remember that back in the days of true self-reliance in America and Europe (and in many parts of the world still today) where you were either self-reliant or dead, you did not do all the work alone. You had a whole extended family spanning multiple generations that worked together to stay alive.

Not only that, but many tasks were also done on a tribe or community level, for example hunting big game, harvesting, and so on.

Today on the other hand, the tribal and family units have been fragmented and we’re pretty much all on our own. We put our parents in homes and our children in daycare while we spend most of our waking time at work, and it’s not unusual today to not even know the names of your neighbors. And that’s why complete self-reliance is hard today.

via 2 Lessons from 40 Years of Self-Reliance on a Half-Acre Homestead – Walden Labs.

A Film About Economic Democracy

The Most Revolutionary Act

Can We Do It Ourselves? A Film About Economic Democracy

Patrick Witkowsky, Jesper Lundgren, Andre Nystrom and Nils Safstrom (2015)

Swedish with English subtitles

Film Review

“Economy democracy” describes a system in which workers control the workplace and determine the policies under which it runs. The workers cooperative is the best known model of economic democracy.

The filmmakers begin by differentiating capitalism from a free market economy and economic democracy from socialism – as many people confuse these terms. Under capitalism private capitalists own the capital to run a business and enter into a rental contract with workers to perform the labor. Under this system the capitalists own and control the business and keep all the profits.

With a worker cooperative, workers own and control the business and enter into a rental contract with labor to provide capital. They pay the capitalists for using their money but maintain ownership of…

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How to Cool It

It’s a very serious question in my mind whether or not the people of this country, the bulk of population of this country, have enough sense of what is really happening to their black co-citizens to understand why they’re in the streets. I know of this moment they maybe don’t know it, and this is proved by the reaction to the civil disorders.It came as no revelation to me or to any other black cat that white racism is at the bottom of the civil disorders. It came as a great shock apparently to a great many other people, including the President of the United States. And now you ask me if we can cool it. I think the President goofed by not telling the nation what the civil-disorders report was all about. And I accuse him and the entire administration, in fact, of being largely responsible for this tremendous waste and damage. It was up to him and the Vice-President to interpret that report and tell the American people what it meant and what the American people should now begin to think of it. Now!It is already, very very late even to begin to think of it. What causes the eruptions, the riots, the revolts- whatever you want to call them- is the despair of being in a static position, absolutely static, of watching your father, your brother, your uncle, or your cousin- no matter how old the black cat is or how young- who has no future. And when the summer comes, both fathers and sons are in the streets- they can’t stay in the houses. I was born in those houses and I know. And it’s not their fault.

via James Baldwin How to Cool It – James Baldwin 1968 Freddie Gray Riots.