Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dear Mostly Confused Postmodern America

April 28, 2016 Warmest spiritual greetings, Please know that I have enjoyed a week of sheer unscheduled pleasure in New York City, which has given me time to reflect.  Previously, I was in Washington, D.C. protesting (with Beyond Extreme Energy) the irrational, probably criminal, and definitely ecologically stupid policies of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  

My question after being in D.C. three times doing this is: "Why don't the landowners who are being invaded by armed government agents protecting pipeline installation workers who are in association with energy companies, who are using "eminent domain" as a legal argument to realize a pipeline from the fracked gas site to a processing plant, to create the final product of liquefied natural gas for export to India and Japan, to increase domestic profits, just kill the trespassers as an act of self defense?"  Earth First!ers responded to my query by saying that radical environmentalism is basically committed to "non-violence", although there is an ongoing debate about this apparently, particularly when one's survival is at stake.
   Eco-defense does not have any tenets inherent which somehow prevent anyone from taking necessary protective action.  It's that simple.  Pacifism is ridiculous in a context of ecological self defense.  It is the height of stupidity for American political leftists, who have been glorifying revolutionary historical figures for years, and praising global contemporary anarcho-revolutionary efforts, to adopt an ineffective dissent approach domestically.  This is especially true in view of the demented anti-earth presidential primaries, the scientifically proven destabilized global climate, the hole in the ozone layer, a worldwide garbage dump oceanic situation, species decline, unhealthy air and water quality, and feel free to add your own concerns to the list.

     The masses of humanity need to understand that they are fucked.  With the only exception of cultivating a spiritual life, the future on planet earth is pointless.  You know it, and I know it.

     I am chillin' at Poets House today in lower Manhattan.  Feel free to contact me if you like,

Craig Louis Stehr
April 28, 2016

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