1. 10

    If we recognise that every ecosystem can also be viewed as a food web, we can think of it as a circular, interlacing nexus of plant animal relationships (rather than a stratified pyramid with man at the apex)… Each species, be it a form of bacteria or deer, is knitted together in a network of interdependence, however indirect the links may be.

    18
  2. 9

    There are no hierarchies in nature other than those imposed by hierarchical modes of human thought, but rather differences merely in function between and within living things.

    38
  3. 8

    An anarchist society, far from being a remote ideal, has become a precondition for the practice of ecological principles.

    44
  4. 7

    Our Being is Becoming, not stasis. Our Science is Utopia, our Reality is Eros, our Desire is Revolution.

    44
  5. 6

    Peter Kropotkin described Anarchism as the extreme left wing of socialism - a view with which I completely agree. One of my deepest concerns today is that the libertarian socialist core will be eroded by fashionable, post- modernist, spiritualist, mystic individualism.

    44
  6. 5

    Until society can be reclaimed by an undivided humanity that will use its collective wisdom, cultural achievements, technological innovations, scientific knowledge, and innate creativity for its own benefit and for that of the natural world, all ecological problems will have their roots in social problems.

    59
  7. 4

    The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.

    59
  8. 3

    If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.

    62
  9. 2

    As long as hierarchy persists, as long as domination organises humanity around a system of elites, the project of dominating nature will continue to exist and inevitably lead our planet to ecological extinction.

    64
  10. 1

    The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.

    75
  11. Last Update: 28 January 2023

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