…the way that our civilization currently exists, it relies on perpetual violence, to all forms of life. And there’s no getting around that, it just… it does. Um, and shorter showers, and energy efficiency, and riding your fucking bike, it’s not gonna change anything. It’s not gonna change that the people in power are insane and they will continue to use violence to take what other people will not freely give to them. So I think everyone just needs to think about where they stand on that, and that’s what these songs are about, is the feelings that that kinda… the whole conundrum inspires. And uh, I know that you hear those things that are kinda preachy, and people act like they have the answers, I don’t have the answers, we need to have a discussion together to come up with the answers, so we need to feel comfortable expressing that yes, we live in a culture of rape and violence. What do we do about that?
It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine
After decades of fervent environmental activism, Paul Kingsnorth decided it’s too late — collapse is inevitable. So now what?
We are living, he says, through the “age of ecocide,” and like a long-dazed widower, we are finally becoming sensible to the magnitude of our loss, which it is our duty to face.
“Everything had gotten worse,” Kingsnorth said. “You look at every trend that environmentalists like me have been trying to stop for 50 years, and every single thing had gotten worse. And I thought: I can’t do this anymore. I can’t sit here saying: ‘Yes, comrades, we must act! We only need one more push, and we’ll save the world!’ I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it! So what do I do?”