A Crisis – David Cobb

“We are in a crisis… a crisis of the implosion of an empire. And as I say that, let’s acknowledge something that we know from world history: All empires fall.

…Every empire has fallen because of imperial overshoot. That is that the empire goes out; sucks in the natural resources from the surrounding area, so badly, so profusely, that it implodes.

…What we have to come to terms with, for the first time in human civilization this is a global empire. There’s no place to go. So, I submit to you that our challenge, our duty, our responsibility in this generation is to learn to intelligently, intentionally, deliberately dismantle empire.

Dismantle the institutions that are fundamentally unsustainable and are exploitative and oppressive, and create new institutions that are sustainable and that are premised upon and facilitate love and compassion and sharing… those are core human values.”

David Cobb is a “people’s lawyer” who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He believes we must provoke—and win– a peaceful revolution for a peaceful, just, sustainable and cooperative society if we are to survive.


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