Steven Welzer

There’s a tendency for it to be somewhat anarchic.

Prior to Freud it had been either unmentionable or scandalous or a source of class disparagement. With Freud, Ellis, Kinsey, et. al., a more mature attitude and consideration set in.

From the standpoint of nature: It’s built-in. It serves the procreational…

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His writings are mostly in German, so I haven’t been able to find out if he’s building on the work of Fredy Perlman, David Watson, John Zerzan, Derrick Jensen, Samuel Alexander, Daniel Quinn, etc. or if he arrived at essentially the same perspective independently. The latter would not surprise me…

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Most of life should be local.

Modernity starts with the opening up of the whole world (and associated expansionist lust) about five hundred years ago. Hyper-modernity starts with the industrial revolution about two hundred years ago.

Up until the modern period production and consumption was essentially local for ninety-nine percent of people.

But the Expansionsists keep trying to do their expansion thing. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Greek Empire by Alexander the Great Expander. It collapsed. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Roman Empire. It collapsed. Etc.

The Industrial Production Empire of our time over-expanded. That’s why the system is currently facing a supply chains crisis. It’s the third sign of incipient collapse. (The first was the globalized financial freeze of 2008; the second was the globalized pandemic of 2020.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsyvh-dse7k

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The era is characterized by over-individuation and hyper-individualism. The result is atomization, anomie, and loneliness.

We are social beings and thrive best living in human-scale collectives, i.e., households, neighborhoods, communities, villages.

The modern collective called the city is too large; it’s beyond human-scale.

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Steven Welzer

Steven Welzer

A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (was also an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).