…The forces of industrialization and production will always collide with conservation and environmentalism. That schism will only widen as the terms become more dire; those who are committed to a lifestyle of solitude in the nature world will be forced to pick a side before long. All the pieces are in place; isolationist sentiment manifesting in anti-immigration rhetoric, fierce loyalty akin to nationalism and an intense privileging of the natural world.
Ecofascism, more than any other right-wing movement, is destined for a surge in popularity the closer we come to environmental collapse. The earth’s ecosystems may very well collapse before liberalism, and when they do, the effects will be felt much more acutely. The anti-civilisation movement is tapping into dark territory that eco-activists won’t discuss publicly, but will stay up late thinking about. When it’s America’s forests being razed, plenty will start taking those ideas more seriously. There is nowhere in the country where this is more likely to happen than the upper mountain west, a location that borders, and in some cases mixes, with the white nationalist ideal of a Cascadian white homeland. As peaceful protest proves itself increasingly useless, more people will consider taking extreme measures. More politically agnostic environmentalists may find solidarity with the enemy of their enemy, even if that enemy happens to be quite racist.
The origin of bureaucracies lies in them extending power and effects far beyond what a single individual can do. They can do so in the absence of expensive and difficult coordination, or difficult to train and evaluate individual talent.
Much like factories can produce cheap products at scale with unskilled labor, displacing craftsmen, so have bureaucracies displaced local social fabric as the generators of social outcomes.
We find ourselves embedded in a bureaucratized landscape. What can or cannot be done in it, is determined by the organizations composing it. The constant drive by talented individuals to both extend power and make due with unskilled white collar labor (a category that economists should recognize and talk more about) have littered the landscape with many large organizations. Some remain piloted, others are long abandoned. Some continue to perform vital social functions, others lumber about making life difficult.
Much as we might bemoan the very real human cost bureaucracies impose, they currently provide services at economies that are otherwise simply not possible. We must acknowledge our collective and individual dependence on them and plan to interact accordingly.
I think I am drawn to Noir in the same way that I am drawn to horror, melodrama and the Gothic: they all seem to be able to get closer to the horror of reality than realist novels do. I think this is also why I am drawn to astrology and the occult — the idea that chance is so relevant to what happens to us, the good and the bad.
In April 2015, Kaeli Swift, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington who studies crows, was demonstrating one of her experiments for a film crew when she left an expired crow, stuffed by a taxidermist, unattended on the ground. A nearby crow soon swooped down upon the stuffed crow, crouching low, its wings spread wide and attempted intercourse. The move astonished Ms. Swift enough that she spent the next three springs and summers recreating these conditions and documenting the behavior.
Ms. Swift and her co-author, Dr. John Marzluff, detail that field work in a study published…in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Exposed to their dead, crows may touch, attack and attempt to have sex with the body, the authors explain. The study adds a new twist to previous observations that the birds primarily respond to crow cadavers as signs of danger. The conduct, the researchers speculate, may be the result of hormonal fluctuations that cause some crows to become confused about how to respond to stimuli.