30 Jun

EF Schumacher

“A crank is a very elegant device. It’s small, it’s strong, it’s lightweight, energy efficient, and it makes revolutions.”

His reported reply to being accused of being ‘a crank’.

30 Jun

Ted Kaczynski

“Wilderness can be saved permanently only by eliminating the techno-industrial system.”

Mr Kaczynski attempted to start a revolution single-handed from a place of deep principle, following his thoughts to their consequential actions and now his body resides in a federal penitentiary.

And here’s another pertinent thing he said: “The political left is technological society’s first line of defence against revolution.”

Well ain’t that just the truth

11 Jun


“Poetry must be in advance of action.”  – Rimbaud

Also sometimes given as “poetry gives rhythm to action”. Actually it seems the correct quote is ” Poetry will not lend its rhythm to action, it will be in advance” written in a letter to his friend Demeny in May 1871.

16 Aug

The Myth of Progress

The myth of progress is to us what the myth of god-given warrior prowess was to the Romans, or the myth of eternal salvation was to the conquistadors: without it, our efforts cannot be sustained. Onto the root stock of Western Christianity, the Enlightenment at its most optimistic grafted a vision of an Earthly paradise, towards which human effort guided by calculative reason could take us. Following this guidance, each generation will live a better life than the life of those that went before it. History becomes an escalator, and the only way is up. On the top floor is human perfection. It is important that this should remain just out of reach in order to sustain the sensation of motion.

Uncivilisation – The Dark Mountain Manifesto. Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine. 2009