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Articles by Derrick Jensen
When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery
Derrick Jensen · For decades, poet-philosopher and radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has warned us about the problems of civilization. Yet he’s a tireless activist with hope for the planet’s future.
We Are Those Who Are on the Side of the Living. and We Are Going to Win
Derrick Jensen · Who are we? We are the people who are ready to fight back. The people who no longer live in hope that the Earth will be saved, but in the certainty that we will save her. We are activists, survivors, lovers and fighters. And we say: the...
The Man Box and the Cult of Masculinity
Derrick Jensen · Rule 1: There is no man box.
Give Up Hope: It's The Best Chance We Have to Save Everything We Love
Derrick Jensen · The most common words I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. Most of these environmentalists are fighting desperately, using whatever tools they have — or rather whatever legal tools they have, which means...
Confronting Industrialism: If You Can't Clean It Up, Don't Make it!
Derrick Jensen · Modern industrial capitalism is based on a simple premise, writes Derrick Jensen: our mother Earth is a great store of raw materials for us to pillage, and a vast trashcan for our endless volumes of waste, no matter how long-lived and...
Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change
Derrick Jensen · Would any sane PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of...
The Premises of Endgame
Derrick Jensen · These premises appear at the beginning of Endgame, Derrick Jensen's seminal critique of civilization.  Premise One: Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization. Premise Two...
The World at Gunpoint: Or, What's Wrong with the Simplicity Movement
Derrick Jensen · A FEW MONTHS AGO at a gathering of activist friends someone asked, “If our world is really looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?” The question stuck with me for a few reasons. The...