“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Why Most Theories of Consumerism Suck

...because they are pretty much all based (all--since the 1700s, Marxism included) on a metaphysical want–need distinction.

“First we needed things. Then at some point x we started wanting things. And wanting is bad, because it's twisted in a loop with what it wants. Just watch Roadrunner.”

So I'm here in La Guardia watching CNN after the greatest, greatest day with Björk in NYC. And I'm seeing this jerk (who knows who he is) reiterate that being gay is a choice.

And I'm thinking, this whole thing is based on the metaphysics of want versus need.

The fact that the fight against homophobia has to pitch desire as a need is part of the oppressive reality we still dwell in.

And by need we don't mean “super super super want.” Which is in fact what it is.

Neanderthals would have loved Coke Zero.

(Btw this is a big argument in Dark Ecology.)

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