The Death of Nature bookcover

The case for ecocentric socialism: Part 1

By Kamran Nayeri, Our Place in the World

“I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.” “…[I]n Wildness is the preservation of the World.”—- “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau, May 1862 “I feel so much more at home even in a scrap of garden like the one here, and still more in the meadows when the grass is humming with bees than at one of our party congresses. ”—- Letter to Sophie Liebknecht by Rosa Luxemburg, Breslau Prison, May 2, 1917 1. Introduction This essay is a response...

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