#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.