Magazine article New Internationalist

Challenging Consumer Culture - the Indigenous Way

Magazine article New Internationalist

Challenging Consumer Culture - the Indigenous Way

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The riots that rocked England this summer continue to produce a bumper harvest of opinion.

In large part, this reveals more about the motivations of the opiners than those of the rioters.

There was one feature of the disturbances that all can agree on - they resulted in an orgy of looting.

Some commentators have pointed out that this might have something to do with the dominant mantra of our times - consume, consume, consume - which turns so easily into loot, loot, loot. (Ask expense-fiddling members of parliament or bribe-taking police how easy.)

Many of the rioters were poor. That cannot be said of the multinational corporations rampaging across the world, looting the natural resources of others - albeit at the invitation of colluding governments.

If that seems a bit extreme, I invite you to read the main Analysis section of this issue, 'Nature's defenders. …

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