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Human Extinction Is Imminent, You Will Live to Witness It - How We Come to Due, and Why We Should Prepare For The End

Posted by I0TA - January 28th, 2019

How long do we have left? Gives or takes, 10 years, 20 max. Within 5 years we're going to see collapses happen worldwide. Syrian war happened because of climate change, that was nearly a decade ago, and only some started to realize this. We're on a brakeless car, on the slope down to an abyss, where our death is imminent. Would you rather fight each other for the seats? Or would you save the seat for the next generation, even though knowingly death is unavoidable? Would you comfort the passengers? So many questions, so little time, so much we have wasted.

We only have 12 years left to do something. And that's a fucking joke. Let's not kid ourselves. How do we even "do something" is a magnanimous self-deprecated humor12 years until the temperature jumps to 6.66 Fahrenheit. Satan is laughing so hard at humanity. He finally has the last laugh.

Unfortunately, good decision making has been in short supply at this crucial juncture. The Trump administration—which heads the world’s largest historical emitter—is using the argument that a million actions are needed to address climate change to justify precisely the opposite as well as its intent to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Speaking of, most countries aren’t on track to meet their wholly inadequate pledges to the agreement. Current policies will result in a world that’s up to 3.7 degree Celsius (a devilish 6.66 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer by 2100, upping the risk that we’ll have to put more eggs in the carbon capture basket or the even more disconcerting reflecting sunlight back into space to cool the planet basket. Kumbaya feels a long ways away.

Worldwide natural resevoirs are drying up with unimaginable speed.

Here is the map by UN with places most likely to have water wars.


Almost too predictable which regions played out. US, Europe, China, India, Australia etc... You reap what you sow, karma finally bites back.

Anarchists often have brilliant analysis on the world, and to the world. To be an anarchist, first and foremost, requires you to have nonlinear, extremely radical yet critical thinking that no other ideology, belief or politic could match it. We changed the world massive ways, and still changing this planet. But it's not our place to judge or steer the outcome of society, and we're the mere observers.

Over my decade of being an anarchist, I've read and discussed about many brilliant literature and analysis. Yet all have come to be dwarfed by one single text, that was written nearly 10 years ago, during the eve of Arab Springs and Syrian War. It predicted exactly how the future played out and guided many anarchists like me toward the end. And the author is anonymous 

Of course, I'm talking about Desert.

And excerpt from the text:

1. No (Global) Future
Religious myths: progress, global capitalism, global revolution, global collapse

The idea of Progress was central to the modern Western paradigm and the presumption that the entire world was moving ever onwards to a better future was dominant. The idea of the inevitability or possibility of a global libertarian future originates from that belief.

In many ways Anarchism was/is the libertarian extreme of the European Enlightenment — against god and the state. In some countries such as turn of the Twentieth Century Spain it was the Enlightenment — its militantly pro-science anti-clericism being as much an attraction as its anti-capitalism. Yet the rubbish of history is not so easily discarded and ‘progressive’ revolutionary movements have often been, in essence, form and aim, the continuation of religion by other means. As an example, the belief that universal peace and beauty would be reached through apocalyptic tumults of blood and fire (revolution/the millennium/the collapse) indicates firmly that as an enlightenment ideology, Anarchism has been heavily burdened by its Euro-Christian origins. John Gray was talking about Marxism when he said it was a “...a radical version of the enlightenment belief in progress — itself a mutation of Christian hopes... [Following] Judaism and Christianity in seeing history as a moral drama, that’s last act is salvation.” [2] While some anarchists never fell for such bunkum, many did, and some still do.

These days Progress itself is increasingly questioned both by anarchists and across society. I have yet to meet anyone today who still believes in the inevitability [3] of a global anarchist future. However the idea of a global movement, confronting a global present and creating a global future has many apostles. Some of these are even libertarians and look hopefully to the possibility of global anarchist revolution.

The illusory triumph of capitalism following the destruction of the Berlin Wall lead to the proclamation — more utopian [4] than real — of a New World Order — a global capitalist system. The reaction of many to globalisation was to posit one from below, and this was only re-enforced by the near simultaneous public emergence of the Zapatistas and the invention of the Web. The subsequent international action days, often coinciding with summits, became the focus for the supposedly global anti-capitalist ‘movement of movements’. The excitement on the streets enabled many to forestall seeing the spectre by looking in the direction of the ‘global movement’. But there never was a global movement against capitalism, then [5] , or ever [6] , just as capitalism itself was never truly global. There are many, many places where capitalist relations are not the dominant practice, and even more where anti-capitalist (nevermind anarchist) movements simply don’t exist.

Amidst the jolly unreality of this period of ‘Global Resistance’ some could get really carried away: “We have no interest in reforming the World Bank or the IMF; we want it abolished as part of an international anarchist revolution.” [7] Such statements are understandable if written in the drunk-like exuberance one can sometimes feel on having defeated the police, but they are found more commonly. The self-description of one Anarchist Federation reads: “As the capitalist system rules the whole world, its destruction must be complete and worldwide”. [8]

The illusion of a singular world capitalist present is mirrored by the illusion of a singular world anarchist future.

I love us, there’s so much we can do and be, but there are limits

Anarchists are growing in number. Groups and counter-cultures are appearing in countries where there were few, or no, social movement anarchists [9]previously. Yet an honest appraisal of our strengths and prospects, and those of the communities and classes we are part of, would show clearly that we are not growing “the new society in the shell of the old” [10] , that someday will liberate the world in a moment of rupture. The earth has a lot of places with a lot of people; a reality that can increasingly easily get lost in the web-encapsulated global (activist) village. [11] To want to rid the world of capitalist social relations, or further still civilisation, is one thing. To be capable of doing so is something else entirely. We are not everywhere — we are rare.

Actions, circles of friends, social centres, urban guerrilla cells, magazine editorial groups, eco-warriors, housing co-ops, students, refuges, arsonists, parents, squats, scientists, peasants, strikers, teachers, land based communes, musicians, tribespeople, street gangs, loving insurgents and so, so much else. Anarchists can be wonderful. We can have beauty, and self-possessed power and possibility in buckets. We cannot, however, remake the entire world; there are not enough of us, and never will be.


Hot wars and failed states

Looking at conflicts today there is already an obvious Equatorial Tension Belt which is expected to significantly expand. Its existence is due to a whole host of variables not least of which are the accumulated environmental impact from collapsed civilisations, the legacies of direct western colonialism, high population levels, the presence of ‘resources’ useful to capitalism and habitats that are on the margin of agriculture viability. [48] Given what the US generals describe above some governments in these regions will fall, whilst others, to varying degrees, will ‘fail’. Some states will retract back to their (maybe shifting) capitals leaving the rest of their supposed territories in a mosaic of war and peace, others will be engulfed in civil war, revolution and inter-state conflict. There will no doubt be much horror but also much potential for constructing free lives.

Unsurprisingly, there is division among military thinkers on what the great powers of today will be able to do. Some argue that they: “... may be drawn more frequently into these situations, either alone or with allies, to help provide stability before conditions worsen and are exploited by extremists.” And that they “...may also be called upon to undertake stability and reconstruction efforts once a conflict has begun, to avert further disaster and reconstitute a stable environment.” [49] Others predict a markedly reduced planetary policing role in an effective end to the New World Order declared by the US which, “lacking the means to help local authorities restore order, ‘will likely fall back on a combination of policies that add up to quarantine.’” [50]

Social movement anarchists in these regions might want to think seriously about what practical preparations can wisely be made for self-rule, civil war, survival and the unfortunately inevitable emergence and strengthening of authoritarian forces and inter-ethnic conflict. “We must have the ability to defend ourselves, survive, and exploit crises in society including capitalist attempts to destroy us. The divided and industrial nature of today’s society has already determined the instability of tomorrow.” [51]

In the depths of crises with social demands “exceeding the ability of government to cope” the glory days of Anarchism may be back. “If climate change results in reduced rainfall and access to the natural capital that sustains livelihoods, poverty will become more widespread, leading to increased grievances and better recruitment opportunities for rebel movements.” [52] Who knows we may even see scenes as dramatic as the anarchist armoured trains of Maria Nikiforova. [53] From the steppes of the Ukraine to the sierras of Mexico and the streets of Barcelona a huge number of those who ever identified as anarchists did so embroiled in overt war.

Unfortunately, in most places, rebel movements are more likely to be statist than anarchist. This is partly thanks to the large number of established authoritarian political gangs compared to libertarian ones, but also because in extreme situations people turn to extremist solutions. In some places this might be self-organisation, decentralisation and mutual aid, but in many there will be no social solution possible, just the false promises of despots and prophets. That’s not to say we couldn’t compete with them by spreading rival millennial hopes of a new dawn, but if we are honest with ourselves, having thrown aside religion, it would be a travesty of our ethics to pick it up again in the cause of gang recruitment and the joy of trouble.

Where visible and dramatic libertarian social forces do arise it is likely that many from other parts of the world will travel to join them. As the clouds darken, some of our family will run towards outbreaks of armed resistance — wherever they may be. This comes from a deep felt love and feelings of solidarity but also because, let’s be honest, for many conflict is attractive and anti-militarists rarely get the opportunity for outright war. The nihilistic desire — amplified in an increasingly complex world — to just get out there and ‘fuck shit up’ is, if not a creative urge, definitely a strong one. That’s not to say everyone has it, but many do. Here there is an uncomfortable symmetry between our emotional drivers and that of fighters generally.

In the ex-territory of failed and fallen states inter-ethnic conflict will become ever more common, at least until populations are cut back to a level more fitting a much hotter world.

The failed states have conflict levels so high and persistent that even baseline changes forecast by the IPCC are likely to worsen livelihood conditions. The trends suggest more of a social or tribal breakdown than wars between nations. Climate trends will ignore borders, and failed states prone to conflict will spread like a disease. [54]

To end this post, I have a video of wisdom for y'all.

The music in that video was an inspirational piece from my favorite minimal composer, Kyle Preston.

Geo by Kyle Preston

Good luck to you, and your loved ones.

Take care of each other, and stop taking from each other.

We all might live long enough to witness the end.



Comments (2)

A big wall of text... Gotta find some time to read the full text. Anyway, I'm in doubts that it will be the deceasing ecology that will end the humanity, I'm sure people will succeed in this deed long before nature will.

Humans trying to control nature, and failed hard. No one is in control of anything, it's an illusion.

there is somewhat somber, yet enlightening and powerful feel to not only think, but see how the end is pulling itself closer every year. In politics, ecosystem and society in general. Just the irony of how humanity falls by flying too close to the sun.
Its foolish, yet that ignorance makes me feel... sad.
And as we are starting to burn our wings and fall, we get to experience the last moments. It feels pointless, yet powerful. We can think that the journey was pointless, as we would've fallen sooner or later. However thinking back at the journey and how close, yet far we were from our "goal", we can see how tiny and inconsequential our entire existence actually was. It truly makes me respect and feel the massive omnipotence of the reality we had honour to scrape the surface of.

Definitely not peaceful, but weirdly satisfying and fitting end for our race.

Beautifully worded. At least Icarus died while trying to get free with his daddy. We're dying because we're too selfish.

As a hardcore fan with weird mix of nihilism with survivalism, it's hard not to think about terror management theory, how everything we do is subjected to our fear of death. The irony is that of fear of dying is accelerating toward death. We dig our own graves while believing that this grave could shelter us. Funny how that works.

The question, and answer for this moment, and the next generation if there's still time, is what could we do to comfort whoever left and help each other instead of hurt or take from ourselves.

When we are all dying and there is no stopping it, why could we not die together? Why choose to die alone and selfishly? Make the pain less suffering for the next generation, so when we get wiped out, it's not a suffer anymore but merely a revelation of life and death.

We are going to be the next dinosaurs. Except the dino did not wipe themselves out.

I wonder what will the next intelligent species will think about us. And what could they learn from us.

Take care of yourselves, friend. Take care of your family and loved ones. Make the suffering less painful.