#137 | We Choose To Speak: The Living Planet & Dismantling The Culture Of Empire w/ Max Wilbert

Max Wilbert is a third-generation organizer, photographer, and co-founder of Deep Green Resistance. Max is the author of ‘We Choose To Speak’ — a collection of essays written between 2013 to 2018, in which Max “make[s] the case for a revolutionary environmentalism that aims to forcefully dismantle the global culture of empire.”☨

Our culture is a life-destroying force on this planet. What is to be done in the face of the reality industrial civilization is forging on the living planet we all share? Max Wilbert and I discuss this question within the context of Max's years of work discussing and raising awareness of the large-scale ecological crisis currently unfolding on this living planet under the global system and logic of capitalist industry and Empire (under the guise of “economic prosperity” and “development”). We delve into Max’s years of work of organizing, educating, and actively fomenting practical and diverse forms of resistance against the structures (infrastructure) of industrial civilization, as well as what forms of resistance are required of us to effectively dismantle this industrial civilization and culture. Along with these subjects, this conversation includes an exploration into the structure and evolution of civilization over human history, anticipating the collapse of industrial civilization and fitting the reality of collapse within the broader struggle against industrial civilization, as well as keeping “your head above the tide” and always keeping the bigger picture of our collective predicament in mind when organizing for this kind of resistance. 

Max Wilbert is a third-generation organizer who grew up in Seattle’s post-WTO anti-globalization and undoing racism movement. Max has a 15-year history as an organizer and revolutionary. He is a co-founder of Deep Green Resistance and longtime board member of a small, grassroots environmental non-profit with no employees and no corporate funding. His first book ‘We Choose To Speak,’ a collection of pro-feminist and environmental essays written over a six-year period, was released in 2018. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book ‘Bright Green Lies,’ which looks at the problems with mainstream so-called “solutions” such as solar panels, electric cars, recycling, and green cities. The book makes the case that these approaches fail to protect the planet and aim at protecting empire from the effects of peak oil and ecological collapse.⚐ 


Episode Notes:

- Learn everything you need to know about Max and his work at his website: https://www.maxwilbert.org

- Purchase ‘We Choose To Speak’ from Max directly at his website [http://bit.ly/2MkkVuu] or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ncX5WH

- Max posts videos discussing the subjects we go over in this episode regularly on his YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/MaxWvideo

- Check out Max’s amazing photography here: http://bit.ly/MaxPhoto

- Follow Max on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxWilbert

- The song featured in this episode is “Prayer” by Adam Ben Ezra from the album Can’t Stop Running.

#101 | Bright Green Lies: Dispelling The Myths Of Sustainable Energy w/ Derrick Jensen

In this episode, Derrick Jensen discusses his current project "Bright Green Lies," a book that exposes the misconceptions and deceptions surrounding "renewal" energy sources (solar, wind, bio-fuels, etc.), and how the underlying ethos of the global environmentalist movement has been hijacked by the "green" energy faction of the industrial economy. Derrick strips these "bright green lies" bare, and asks for activists in the environmental movement to pledge their loyalty to the living earth itself, and not to human industrial civilization and the culture that attempts to rationalize and excuse industrial civilization's excesses, pushing this planet's living systems to the brink of irreversible collapse.  

Derrick Jensen is an environmental activist and author of well over a dozen books, including Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older That Words, The Myth of Human Supremacy, as well countless articles and essays that address a more radical understanding of human civilization and it's impact on the living planet we all share. 

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Derrick and his work at his website: http://www.derrickjensen.org

- Derrick is the host of the radio show "Resistance Radio," a weekly released show on Derrick's website: https://goo.gl/dsQhBM

- You can also listen to the show on the Deep Green Resistance YouTube page: https://goo.gl/YpW8Zq

- The song featured in this episode is "Center Your Love" by Machinedrum from the album Vapor City.

#71 | Derrick Jensen: The Myth Of Human Supremacy

In this episode, I speak with Derrick Jensen, radical environmental philosopher and author.  We discuss the underlying themes and message of his most recently published book "The Myth of Human Supremacy."

We discuss the logic of human supremacy and the very real and tangible intelligence and sentience of nonhuman life. We discuss how human beings have used their intelligence to rationalize the false assumption, produced by our culture, that we, the human species, are somehow superior to all other life on this planet, and that because we uncritically assume this, we allow the continued exploitation and rape of our shared living planet to continue unabated.

How long until we snap out of the delusional state of being our culture produces? We discuss this and much more.

Episode Notes:

- Check out Derrick's website: www.derrickjensen.org

- Listen to Derrick's radio show Deep Green Resistance: https://www.youtube.com/user/DeepGreenResistance

- This episode features "It Was Whatever" and "Parties" by Shlohmo.