You Can’t Kill a Planet and Live on It, too: Interview with Derrick Jensen

By Frank Joseph Smecker
TruthOut

Let’s expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running. [Image]

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it’s terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this – the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil – thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for “growth.”

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.

A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima, the permanent removal of 95 percent of the large fish from the oceans (not to mention full-on systemic collapse of those oceans), indigenous communities replacement by oil wells, the mining of coltan for cell phones and Playstations along the Democratic Republic of the Congo/Rwanda border – resulting in tribal warfare and the near-extinction of the Eastern Lowland gorilla.

As though 200 species going extinct each day were not enough, climate change, a direct result of burning fossil fuels, has proved not only to be as unpredictable as it is real, but as destructive as it is unpredictable. The erratic and lethal characteristics of a changing planet and its shifting atmosphere are becoming the norm of the 21st century, their impact accelerating at an alarming pace, bringing this planet closer, sooner than later, to a point of uninhabitable ghastliness. And yet, collective apathy, ignorance and self-imposed denial in the face of all this sadistic exploitation and violence marches this culture closer to self-annihilation.

Lost in the eerily comforting fantasy of limitless growth, production and consumption, many people cling to things like Facebook, Twitter, “Jersey Shore” and soulless pop music as if their lives depended on it, identifying with a reality that’s artificial and constructed, that panders to desire rather than necessity, that delicately conceals the violence at the other end of this economy, a violence so widespread that we’re all not only complicit in it to a degree (e.g., if you’re a taxpayer, you help subsidize the manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction), but victims of it as well. As Chris Hedges admonished in his books, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy” and the “Triumph of Spectacle,” any culture that cannot distinguish reality from illusion will kill itself.

Moreover, any culture that cannot distinguish reality from illusion will kill everything and everyone else in its path as well as itself.

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7 responses to “You Can’t Kill a Planet and Live on It, too: Interview with Derrick Jensen

  1. Well, being the 6th person to vote that this is an excellent article, I thought I would put a face to the vote count and leave a note that I agree with it.

    I know there are some coto who are so wrapped up in the fear of Agenda 21 and the agenda of the corporatists to abscound with the environmental issues with spurious propaganda and rhetoric that they can’t be sure of who is sincere or jacking them around on this issue.
    Well–look at it with your own eyes…if you think the planet is in fine shape, then you are delusional.
    It isn’t, and it may already be too late.
    ww

    • yeah, it’s a dilemma, WW. Just like with sexism, or abortion. The globalists have taken these issues and promoted them for their own aims. Like I’ve told LaffNMatter — I don’t care if the depopulationists financially support abortion, I stand by my right to choose to have one.

      I don’t care if having a two-income family serves the globalists — I stand by my right to work.

      We just have to be diligent in pointing out when the globalists have hijacked these issues for nefarious ends… Perfect example is carbon tax or carbon trading.

      Or, using climate change to persuade nations to buy into chemtrails.

      Gosh, industrialists love to destroy this planet. They do it so systematically, so stealthily, that you have to wonder if it’s an ET attack on our planet or if these guys are just plain psychopaths.

  2. This is one of the best damn articles I have ever read. I know Im on a computer , and about the only thing its good for is getting the word out.. Secretly, I wish certain things would just “collapse”.. and people would just maybe begin to see what really is real and what matters.

  3. When we break it all down, our earth, air, fire, water and spirit are being destroyed. These are sacred elements, and our lives depend on them. They are worth fighting for. No compromise.

  4. So happy for you!very intresting,Thank you for sharing to us.

  5. Deep Green Resistance (DGR) is a movement based on the book, co-authored by Derrick Jensen, called Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. DGR has a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet-and win. If you’ve ever been inspired by Derrick’s work, then here’s where the solutions are, including excerpts from the book.
    Where is your threshold for resistance? To take only one variable out of hundreds: Ninety percent of the large fish in the oceans are already gone. Is it 91 percent? 92? 93? 94? Would you wait till they had killed off 95 percent? 96? 97? 98? 99? How about 100 percent? Would you fight back then?
    Take action. The time was yesterday. No more ineffective actions – piecemeal, reactive, and sad. Now our despair and anger can be matched by an even deeper joy, beyond compare, the joy of beginning to fight back, effectively. Find out more:
    deepgreenresistance.org

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