(Note: This segment coming up is based on a presentation I made in November 2011 at Earth at Risk, a day-long program at UC-Berkeley, where writer Derrick Jensen interviewed several people on stage: Thomas Linzey, Lierre Keith, Aric McBay, Waziyatawin, Arundhati Roy, and myself).
Capitalism Must Die!
There is an evil force dominating the people and destroying the planet. This force is our enemy, and the enemy of all life. Before we can defeat it, we have to correctly identify it. We have to understand how it works, who controls it, its underlying structure—in order to pinpoint its vulnerabilities and work out effective strategies of intervention.
This enemy is called global capitalism. For decades, a serious weakness of the environmental and social justice movements has been a lack of understanding of the true nature of this social/economic/political/cultural system. This has resulted in an inability to name it as the problem. Instead we often hear vague populist terms like “The 1%,” “the rich,” “banksters,” and “greedy corporations.” But the problem goes much deeper than the depravity of any particular individuals or institutions. It lies in the structural foundation of our entire way of life.