Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.Emphasis is mine, and that's all I have to say about that.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Derrick Jesen, in Endgame vol. 1, lays out the premises he will be exploring throughout the work. Premise Four (first articulated on page ix) is something we should keep in mind when thinking of recent events: