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Derrick Jensen on 'Civilization as Pathology: Collapse, Resilience and Resistance'    Wed Jan 30, 2008, Ottawa, ON

Wed, Jan 30: OPIRG-Carleton Presents: DERRICK JENSEN on 'Civilization as Pathology: Collapse, Resilience and Resistance'

Carleton University, 301 Azrieli Theatre @ 7:00pm

Tickets: $5 - $20 (sliding scale, with no one denied a ticket for financial reasons)
Tickets Available at: OPIRG-Carleton (326 Unicentre, Carleton University) and Exile Infoshop
(256 Bank St., Suite 203 - 12-8 Wed-Sun)

Activist, small farmer, teacher, and philosopher Derrick Jensen seamlessly weaves together the threads that connect different forms of oppression and domination, from racial and class domination, to technology and surveillance, to domestic violence and abuse, to ecological devastation and global climate change, to form a cohesive narrative about the inherent destructiveness of the cultural forms we know as "civilization." Therein, Jensen sees the roots of the current global ecological crisis, and the possibilities for determined and effective resistance to it.

In Jensen's book Endgame he asks: "Do you believe that this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living?" Nearly everyone he talks to says no. His next question is: "How would this understanding -- that this culture will not voluntarily stop destroying the natural world, eliminating indigenous cultures, exploiting the poor, and killing those who resist -- shift our strategy and tactics? The answer? Nobody knows, because we never talk about it: we’re too busy pretending the culture will undergo a magical transformation." Endgame, he says, is "about that shift in strategy, and in tactics. And this talk will also focus on that, and the possibilities for the birth and rebirth of different ways of perceiving and being in the world.

[Editor adds -- about Derrick Jensen ]


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