To continue Deep Green Resistance: I can do without the Dave Spart polemic in chapters 3 and 4. The political content with all its long words had me glazing over a couple of times before I skipped huge chunks. This left-wing analysis may be new to an American audience but it’s stale this side of the Atlantic. We lived next door to the Soviets, were brought up on Animal Farm and suspect those spouting this rhetoric of aspiring to be the “new boss, same as the old boss.” Ironic then that it leads with a quotation from Orwell himself.
It runs along the lines of Us against the 1%. But we (in the Western World) are all in it together. We all have our family packs, houses & mortgages, foreign holidays, cars & roads, schools, pets, weddings & parties, washing machines, lounge suites, TVs & X-Factor, pop music, trainers & bling, movies, Hello magazines. We have our drugs, cheap booze, fags, porn, hospitals, credit cards, insurance, pensions. We’re all getting fat. We’re all responsible.
You might argue that the billions in poverty and those not yet adult are innocent. You can bet your last barrel of oil though that they would emulate us and if we went they’d rush to fill the vacuum. Our children certainly will. It’s human nature.
Us vs Them is a simple analysis and works if all you want is a struggle. I love how revolutionaries wallow in that word. If We take responsibility though, We see what needs to be done. True power lies that way.
However, We, and the 1% especially, will never abandon our entitlement culture and I think these 100+ pages are saying that. Personally I don’t care about how shitty people are to each other, which seems to be the main obsession of politics. I know how they are and they’ll change slowly if at all. I do care about how shitty people are to the planet and I care about stopping that. It may never change too, which will wipe us off the face of the Earth, without too much mourning unless we take it all down with us. We need not a new system but a new humanity, almost a new species. And that may change our behaviour to each other as a by-product.