Just Do It environmental outlaw activist documentary screening, free online for May Day

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13 Responses to “Just Do It environmental outlaw activist documentary screening, free online for May Day”

  1. I may have to watch this simply to see how these folks super-glue themselves to bank trading floors.

  2. jhertzli says:

    I think Arkady Darell could explain why supergluing yourself to a floor is a bad idea.

  3. So happy that you are featuring Occupy.com! Go Sauvage & Crew!

  4. eldritch says:

    These protesters  are being moronic. They’re trying to disrupt systems and services that are culturally ingrained at an incredible level, with tactics that don’t further their cause, and in fact hamper it.

    Trying to disrupt Banking, Airports, and Power Plants? It’s like trying to dig through a mountain with your bare hands. Do they realize just how deep those organizations go, just how pervasive their existence is, and just how high the average western citizen’s demand for these services is? Do they realize that even if they were to shut down even one major airport, power plant, or bank, that they’d only be making enemies among ordinary people who expect to be able to turn their lights on, access their money, and travel freely?

    I just can’t fathom what makes these people think this is a good idea. The absolute worst way to get people to support your cause is to make yourself a nuisance to the average person. It’s one thing to oppose situations like Apartheid or The Raj, because you have the support of the common people against the oppressive ruling elite. It’s something else entirely to lash out at technologies that improve the lives of millions every day, just because they aren’t necessarily the cleanest of tech.

    If lasting change is to occur, it’ll be at a legal level, not an illegal one.

    • Marja Erwin says:

      I can’t believe I’m reading this.

      The institutions around us, including our political and legal systems, are structured to preserve the status quo and protect the powerful. Multiple environmental and economic crises have been getting worse for decades, and the political system has been delaying for decades, as if, for example, global warming isn’t real or will go away if they wait long enough. We don’t have decades. We needed action twenty years ago. We have political institutions that think the proper response to the deforestation of our little island is to erect more stone heads, even though they can’t use the last tree to escape their handiwork. This might require the biggest economic changes since abolition, and without leaving the task unfinished; before it fell the slave power waged three wars: internally, to crush dissent, in Kansas 1854-61, and generally 1861-65.

      • VicqRuiz says:

         The challenge today however is that most of the solutions which are proposed to address climate change involve making life more expensive and/or less convenient for Joe/Jane Sixpack, while at the same time those who advocate said solutions exempt themselves from any major sacrifice.

        John Brown put his life on the line in Kansas and at Harpers Ferry.

        Al Gore and Thomas Friedman put more carbon into the atmosphere in a month than I do in two years.

    • MB44 says:

      What you speak of is the reason that we are witnessing the extinction of the human race. The problem has existed for many years and has gone by many names but today it is known as a philosophical belief that goes by the name of capitalism. The fatal flaw of the entire philosophy is that it is based upon the assumption of infinite resources in order to work. We all know resources are finite. We are eating ourselves out of house and home and we will continue to do so because it just feels too good for our animal minds to let us stop. Basically, we need to collectively change the way that the majority of this entire species approaches living in order to prevent our self-induced extinction. 
        
       It took many years of idealistic volunteerism and a persistent ulcer that developed from obsessing over human problems to come to this conclusion and it didn’t feel great but I’m settling in just fine. Now I just help people because it feels good and I do it without the delusion that I can change our ultimate fate by doing it. As for standing up once in a while against the status quo and ruffling some feathers? I just do that for the fuck of it. I just enjoy it. It makes me feel good to disrupt someone’s life when they are someone who thinks that they are the master of others and that everyone exists to help them advance materialistically. Maybe these activists that you speak of feel the same way. Maybe they subconsciously like it when they see people that think they can control everything and everyone get a look of confusion when the people they are subjugating try to stand up for themselves.    As for thinking that anything is going to get better by using this country’s bought off, corrupt-to-the-core legal system. Dream on. That ship has sailed.

      TL;DR – Don’t fuck the system to have a child with it. Just fuck the system because it feels good. And always use protection.

    • paulcarcosa says:

       @eldritch You are wrong on so many levels.

  5. SedanChair says:

    It’s hard to be a modern day outlaw when you have whiteness keeping you safe.

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