By Leigh Phillips

Modernity isn't the explanation for our ecological woes. simply via a deepening of our modernity will we shop the planet.

Economic development, development, and, erm, stuff have all are available in for a pointy kicking from the fairway left and past in recent times. all people from black-hoodied Starbucks window-smashers to farmers’ marketplace heirloom-tomato-mongers to Prince Charles himself appear to be embracing ‘degrowth’ and anti-consumerism, that is not anything lower than a kind of ecological austerity. in the meantime, the back-to-the-land ideology and aesthetic of locally-woven natural carrot-pants, pathogen-encrusted compost bogs and civilisational cave in is hegemonic.

Yet modernity isn't the explanation for weather switch and the broader biocrisis. it really is certainly capitalism that's the resource of our environmental woes, yet capitalism as a method of creation, now not the bushy knowing of capitalism of Naomi Klein, invoice McKibben, Derrick Jensen, Paul Kingsnorth and their anarcho-liberal epigones as a type of globalist company malfeasance.

In combative and puckish sort, technology journalist Leigh Phillips marshals proof from weather technology, ecology, paleoanthropology, agronomy, microbiology, psychology, historical past, the philosophy of arithmetic, and heterodox economics to argue that progressives needs to rediscover their old, Promethean goals and counter this reactionary neo-Malthusian ideology that not just retards human flourishing, yet won’t store the planet besides.

We are looking to take over the computing device and run it rationally, now not flip the computer off.

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I am also sending you the RéveiL4 You will find in it the first half of the acte d'accusationh presented before the Supreme Court at Blois 5 ; what a poor figure the French CONSPIRATORS cut, compared to the FENIANS,6 as they transform themselves into mouchards0 without the least provocation. The paper is also interesting on account of the leading article by old Delescluze. Although he is opposed to the government, it's just unadulterated chauvinism, car la France est le seul pays de l'idéed (namely, the idea it has of itself).

31 July 1870 Troops of the line Landwehr 21 368 bat. à 1,000 men 204 " à 800 " 368,000 163,200 531,200 Envisaged for organisation: Troops of the line Landwehr 114 bat. + 30 bat. + 10 bat. + 5 bat. =ca. 110,000 I have kept the figures of the South Germans down to the minimum. I have left cavalry and artillery completely out of account just so as to compare the relative strength of the infantry, since this is what decides the issue. ; line—100 reg. à 3 bat. =9 bat. =9 bat. , 5 bat. Chasseurs-à-pied c 333 bat.

T h e G e r m a n philistine seems fairly e n r a p t u r e d , n o w that h e c a n give free v e n t to his i n n a t e servility. W h o w o u l d h a v e t h o u g h t it possible that 22 years after 1848 a national w a r in G e r m a n y would b e given such theoretical expression! F o r t u n a t e l y , this w h o l e d e m o n s t r a t i o n stems from t h e m i d d l e class. T h e w o r k i n g class, with t h e exception of t h e direct a d h e r e n t s of Schweitzer, takes n o p a r t in it.

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