How the West Has Won

candian-oil-sands-615Deep ecologist, writer and radical activist Derrick Jensen reflects on the relationships between human beings and the natural world, weaving through diverse topics whilst exploring how and why western civilisation has come to decimate the earth’s eco-systems.

Part 1 of the interview explores ‘How the West Has Won’
while part 2 asks What Do You Think Is Worth Fighting For?

Click here to read Jensen’s classic essay on transcending hope for change and moving into action, Beyond Hope >>

[Photograph by Peter Essick]

 

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The Road to Freedom


“We were never as free as we were under the Occupation”

For the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, human beings are simply a coincidence of Nature and it is our task to find meaning in our presence in Life. The “existentialist” part of that meaning is our search for Freedom.

This BBC documentary is an invitation to spend 50 minutes with ‘one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.’
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The Freedom of the Oppressed

frank-001-Custom-4Robert Frank’s classic book The Americans was a seminal piece of work in a variety of ways.
In this essay, George Cotkin explores how Frank’s photographic expression was fundamentally aligned with the literary vision of Beat writers (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs et al) and their “sustained critique of the barrenness of American culture,” overlapping with “a vision of renewal and rebirth”.

As part of his thesis, Cotkin suggests that Frank saw and portrayed Black Americans in the Fifties as living an embodied form of existential freedom that far surpassed the experience of the theoretically freer White American “walking dead”…

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“We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom…”

Deeply inspiring and radical speech by an American elder standing up for real and free art in the face of the all-consuming profit motive.

Full text here, courtesy of Parker Higgins aka @xor
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The Unreal City

The Unreal City

London, circa the turn of the second millennium AD.
A vast, tangled grid of concrete, human lives and economics; a post-industrial metropolis in a state of accelerated flux. London, the original unreal city, capital of Great Britain and grandmother of the Western empire; now affirming a renewed status as the global nexus of finance, influence and culture.

So how to explain what I’m doing, wandering through the streets with an SLR camera, a head full of electricity and a pair of earphones in my bag?

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Cities, Space and the Landscape of Experience

Julian NYCHow do cities, their design and the particularities of their history all shape the lives and the communities that exist within them? Postcard from New York by Julian Stodd.
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Ecosystems of the Global City

Depth writing by Brett Scott on the nature of urban reality and our relationship to it

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Techno Resistance


Techno, clubbing and pirate radio as political catalysts… Stories from B92 FM and Klub Industrija in the wartorn dissident underground of ’90s Belgrade. Article by Thomas Gorton & photography by Srdjan Veljovic

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Meet the Babylonians

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Investigative analysis by Tim Dickinson on the shadowy Koch Brothers’ empire and its extensive influence in American politics and beyond

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