16.1.11

The Limits of a Monetary System;

and whether violence is justified in defense of the ultimate ideal.

If social relationships are scientifically proven to be self-destructive and
incompatible with the surrounding ecosystem they are inextricably tied to, then
the conclusion that their behavioral effects be altered to ensure our survival
should come as unsurprising. For a peaceful civilization to be embedded within its
environment more “naturally,” a mutual arena of self-interests that seek to profit
at the expense of long-term sustainability (i.e. a private economic system requiring
constant accumulation of capital at the expense of ecological devastation) must be
systematically dismantled.

A system promoting blind accumulation of endless capital irrespective of
social and environmental consequences demands a reimagining of basic cultural
values, where movements engaging in direct action to realize and sustain social
justice may remake “western civilization” in new and better ways, diminishing that
which is unsatisfactory:

“The new environmental agenda should expand to embrace a
profound challenge to consumerism and commercialism and the lifestyles
they offer, a healthy skepticism of growth-mania and a redefinition of
what society should be striving to grow, a challenge to corporate
dominance and a redefinition of the corporation and its goals, a deep
commitment to social equity and justice, and a powerful assault on the
materialistic, anthropocentric and contempocentric values that currently
dominate in our culture.” (Speth, g.19)

This social transformation is rooted in reconceived worldviews, where communities
intending to live within ecologically minded definitions no longer need movements
to succeed, but rather require only spaces in which to exist and be free. No
longer bound to each other by obligatory monetary transactions but instead by
harmonizing ideals to live by, these communities are no longer limited by practices
whose byproducts poison of air, land, and water; chemically induce death and
disease; and disintegrate natural habitats and biodiversity. In this way, radical
environmentalism can be seen as the militant wing of a movement of movements

in its opposition to the perceived structural deficiency of industrial society, until an
Ideal space is instituted.

“With the advance of the global capitalist juggernaut and
increasing deterioration of the Earth's ecological systems, ever more
people may realize that no viable future will arise without militant actions
and large-scale social transformation, a process that requires abolishing
global capitalism and imperialism, and would thereby embrace
revolutionary environmentalism.” (Best and Nocella pg. 21)

As those in authoritative positions are popularly (though not always correctly)
regarded to be actively working against the natural balance, dominating and
defining “acceptable behavior” to incorporate personal enrichment at the expense
of others, in contradistinction, alliances of Green Anarchists are mobilizing around
common values to mount effective opposition. Here, technology can be used to
dismantle a technocratic industrial complex seen to monopolize information and
power, through cyber communications and the decentralization of knowledge
that empower and encode green principles into the social fabric through dramatic
displays of disobedience to globally destructive forms of established conduct.

If violence is to be defended and war is to be justified, both must be
demonstrated as methods for ultimately manifesting a perceived Ideal. In these
cases, the “system” itself must be warred against in order to go through some
sort of redistribution of primacy, by which definitions of the term “natural” are
democratized so that ideals of “Self” can be universally conceived of. We are in an
emergency situation, using up resources to build an unsustainable infrastructure,
with industry appropriating the Earth for private wealth, and have a moral and
legal obligation to stop. We are destroying our own habitat for money and profit,
where market systems implement ecological destruction. Yet once this system is
boycotted, divested, and sanctioned from all material support whatsoever, with
members identifying (and perhaps at times promoting) social stress to highlight
structural instability, new mechanisms can be applied to facilitate the dismantling of
an unsustainable industrial society, simultaneously offering new ways of being that
minimize harm to the world we are a part of.

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