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Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers

An amazing video. I would first recommend "Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh" before seeing this video.
Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers

This is a documentary featuring John Zerzan the infamous anarcho-primitivist from Eugene Oregon. Zerzan talks of the alienation that technology has delivered while advocates of technology have promised ease of life and the potential for more leisure time. Personally I agree with John about technology alienating, but I also know that we can not with 6 billion people return to a hunting and gathering way of life. That even in when the human population was at 1 billion in 1800 we could only support that number of people without total inhumane institutions from slavery to child labour and from gender oppression to outright genocide of whole populations. We need alternatives that are not just idealistic looks at hunting and gathering people and at the same time must deal with huge global issues in a just and fair way. Issues such as global climatic change, over population, social injustice and alienation.


Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers


Wiki entry:

Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers is a 2003 Swedish documentary film on consumerism and globalization, created by director Erik Gandini and editor Johan Söderberg. It looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fullfilled.



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you've stumbled upon the question 23.Jan.2008 00:56

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

it would appear that the best method of population control is educating women, and giving them equality in society. There is no fair method of "depopulation" besides declining birth rates.

Perhaps just making education mandatory, with a liberal bent would cause birth rates to go negative, like in Japan

war actually causes breeding, with massive waste of resources.

300 % agreement from the Yeti to Exile 23.Jan.2008 02:54

Ecotopian Yeti

I agree. Educating women and placing a value as educated part of the population instead on being valued as an object or as a means of human production is where its at. It creates a later potential for reproduction along with the idea that few children have a greater chance of survival. In the "developing world" often infant mortality rate is so high that the survival of a child (usually a male child) is so far against the odds that constant pregnancy is pushed to at least increase the chances of a male heir. High education with better job oppertunity is the ideal means to combat that idea. Also putting value and practicality of that education is needed. A highly educationed population without jobs or the right skills leads to frustration and unstable society and economics. So education with meaningful employment that is ecologically sustainable.