This is the problem with anthropocentrism: we continue to let the Invisible Hand Job put a gun to our heads and hope that a side effect will emerge and fix the planet. The problem is that humanity always puts itself at the center of its universe, rather than the planet or universe as the center of our goals. It wouldn’t matter how many children we have if everyone was working for Earth, Inc. instead of just showing up to steal shit.

“Crying ‘Overpopulation!’ is just another means of shifting the blame from the rich to the poor.” -George Monbiot

The opposite of consumption is not frugality; it is generosity.” -Raj Patel

Humans need to be useful to their place, as every other animal does (with feedback mechanisms to moderate our behavior).

I advocate for sales taxes on everything (not just carbon) because if we had free, clean energy, profiteers would just use it to consume more of something else. Everyone needs to see how much every purchase costs, and to be supported with enough of a prebate/UBI so that growing one’s own food and building a community is as viable an option as getting a job and buying everything from merchants of death.

Reader. Fixer. Maker.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store