The Myth of Human Progress

To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us. Full Story »

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Patricia L'Herrou
4.5
by Patricia L'Herrou - Jan. 16, 2013

with many examples for his assertions, the writer lays out why we are both unwilling and unable to see or contain the catastrophic fate upon which we fall.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Jan. 15, 2013

“If we continue to refuse to deal with things in an orderly and rational way, we will head into some sort of major catastrophe, sooner or later,” he said. “If we are ... More »

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Desiree Daniels
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by Desiree Daniels - Feb. 19, 2013

Wow! Hedges makes some valid points here, but I can't seem to stomach his abrasive doomsday approach of informing the public. Yes, I understand that our predecessors have done a valid job at screwing over generations to follow, but this article is lacking the inspiring angle that gives us any positive motivation to help ourselves, as consumers of the Earth's resources, to change. Convincing the world that we are all greedy consumers of resources that are doomed with "false hopes," does nothing more but leave readers feeling overwhelmed and angry at their grandfathers. Although, he does incorporate a certain bluntness that many environmental activists don't seem to voice in their writing. In other words, someone had to lay it all ... More »

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Alexandra Johnston
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by Alexandra Johnston - Feb. 19, 2013

Although extremely controversial, the idea of the end of society is a captivating concern ever present in the subconscious of everyone. The end of the world, could it be real? Something we see to be so infinite and vast may have a time limit and with the way we are treating our resources, we may be approaching that time limit in the near future. The currency of global warming adds to the newsworthiness of this article. As well as the noted and researched authors whom were quoted. I enjoyed the language this author used and was drawn in by the idea of the: "the modern capitalist myth that you can expand forever" and how he paralleled the white Euro/American domination to civilizations of the past who have rose and fallen.

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