Philosophical Notes on the Ecocide Act
The Epistemological Origin of Ecocide
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That which is fully independent of the human mind is real. Ideas are not real.
Humans have separated their World of ideas from the ecology of beings through
reason. This separation is out of control as manifested in ecocides. The human
mammal has the power to decide what can or cannot exists wreaking havoc upon the
environment through the power of its inventions, and ethically, what should and
should not exists through the power of just laws. Bringing these ideas and their
appearances in the form of rationally formed empirical entities into existence
is not of the natural order. In spite of Hegel's claim that the rational is
real, rational entities are not real for they are dependent upon the human mind
even when perceived in space and time, nor is rational necessity anything more
than ethical nihilism. Universal being, not universal mind is reality, and the
separation of epistemology from ontology ends in ethical cynicism substituting
property for being. Moral ideas correspond to a benefitted state of being.
Because something is factually perceived does not make it real. Esse est percipi
is false. One may perceive the appearance of a log, that idea only to dissolve
into a crocodile being. Taking this one step further, what is perceived and
termed a computer exists as a materialized matrix of externalized ideas encased
in a blend of concretized ideas of plastic, metal, and glass channeling natural
forces into encoded patterns controlled by some form of logic. The difference
between a crocodile and a computer is that a computer is an entity or
materialized concepts brought into space and time, into existence, through
artificial instruments while a crocodile is a natural being brought into being
through nature. The computer comes out of ideas that depend upon the human mind,
but the crocodile comes out of nature and depends upon nature and not the human
mind, provided it stays within nature. There are no computer beings or computer
realities. This is confusion in the human being with its artificial creations;
projecting the idea of existence upon its creations, it confuses them with
realities. The computer is an artifact traceable back to the mental patterns of
man while the crocodile is entirely independent of human mental patterns
traceable to patterns within nature controlled by natural law. The computer is
invented, but the crocodile is generated and sometimes encountered, and it can
never be a materialized idea such as a computer or a plastic, virtual crocodile
"being." A crocodile being has an essence while a computer has a human purpose
serving human interests.
To distinguish the human invention from the natural order, computers exist and
crocodiles are. If computers were naturally born, they would no longer
exist for they would be another natural being. Take away the mind, no more
computers. The matrix of our externalized ideas is termed the World. Our World
is an interconnected matrix of logically connected synthetic a priori ideas
while the Earth is an interconnected, evolving ecology of beings. This division
of the World and Earth refutes Hume's epistemology for Hume held that the
relationship of ideas and matters of fact are completely separate; however, a
factual matrix of virtual (empirical ideas) and matters of fact is just another
inseparable part of our World. The Boolean logic of wiring a positive into a
negative results in a physical contradiction or a short. This empirical logic of
the World causally structures physical ideas into economics, transportation,
military operations, and so on. Empirical contradictions such as driving the
wrong way, speeding, moving out of shipping lanes, etc. when under strict logic,
result in certain crashes. Kant's synthetic a priori knowledge is the
epistemology of the World making it virtual and simulated. Confusing simulated
entities with real beings and their relationships termed ecology, the World is
now in the process of transforming and consuming the Earth and the web of being
which it falsely believes is a tangible idea termed property. However, the Earth
cannot be logically nor rationally deducted nor causally controlled through
Boolean logic without destroying the biosphere that is a relationship of beings
or realities that stands independent of the human mind and upon which the human
mind connects through the human being to the amoral community of beings trying
to survive the human onset. For example:
The World causally harms beings with its rational projects for beings are
interconnected ecologically, not rationally. These projects are not caused by a
habit or conditioned response, but chosen forms, hence ethical. As with all
ideas, they are owned by the human minds that generated them. Owned property is
made visible with fences, walls, borders, signs, deeds, documents, marks, roads,
and so forth, and the materialized idea expands into laws, values, commodities,
rights and so on. This conclusion that the World owns the Earth has horrific
consequences termed ecocide. It is a fundamental breach of reality to claim
ideas are the cause of being. The idea of a child does not cause a child to come
into being else there would be no barren relationships. The idea of a dollar can
instrumentally come into existence through the World's matrix such as mints,
banks, labor, laws, presses, etc.
There are conflicting visions behind our activities, but morally myopic in our
interests, fixations and pursuits; our species lacks moral foresight as to the
The Millennium Project by the American Council for the United Nations University
created a Global Lookout Panel to identify reasons for success or failure of
individuals and organisations to heed the warnings provided by a range of
foresight research. Foresight is a critical moral component: In addition to the
top ten factors highlighted before, the Global Lookout Panel also identified
‘moral impediments' to foresight that include:
1.Insufficient attention to the needs of future generations.
2.Caring about the wellbeing of only one's own group or
3.Corruption of leaders and policy makers.
4.Greed and self-centredness.
5.Lack of a holistic view of the world.
6.Lack of respect for the environment .
(Glenn et al. 2001, p.179).
20/20 hindsight is a common disease of ignorance, negligence, stupidity, folly,
greed, fixations, obsessions, etc. ending in destruction, suffering and regret
as in WWI and WWII; the cure is ethical foresight. Foresight as to the
consequences of our behavior helps avoid unnecessary disasters and controls the
chosen future rather than following some road to hell concocted by a few
delirious men drunk with power. In the World, there is no tolerance for
negligent accidents because ignorance, negligence, etc. are recognized and
corrected through knowledge.
Individuals design instruments for their individual or communal purposes and
interests. Those innumerable instruments include entities ranging from
countries, corporations, economies, stock markets, medicines, theme parks, food
fillers, cars, ivory ornaments, computers, weapons and, most importantly,
enforced just laws. Just laws deal with logical and ontological necessity or the
negative Principle of Unnecessary Harm and its opposite side, the positive
Principle of Necessary Benefit. These principles are universal and the basis of
ethical and just laws grounded within ontological necessity or needs common to
all beings. They are grounded in being, not ideas, attitudes, beliefs, cultures,
consciousness, perception, and so on. Harming or benefitting the being that has
a culture, consciousness, belief, idea, etc. affects these attributes. The
attributes cannot experience pain or benefit, only the underlying being.
Property feels nothings.
· The Principle of Necessary
Benefit is the intentional, necessary benefit given to innocent beings.
· The Principle of Unnecessary
Harm is the intentional, unnecessary harm given to innocent beings.
These principles are ontologically grounded:
The ethical choice is the application of these principles to entities injected
into the amoral ecology of beings. The choice to benefit a business entity, a
legal fiction, over universal being is inherently immoral because it is
anti-universal; for it does not benefit all beings and possibly harms them
unnecessarily through trail-and-error; therein gambling with lives and haphazard
experimentations such as bioweapons:
"Vigorous, well-planned, large-scale [biological warfare] test, with results to
the secretary of defense. Steps should be taken to make certain adequate
facilities are available, including those at Fort Detrick, Dugway Proving
Ground, Fort Terry (Plum Island) and an island field testing area." In November
1957, the Joint Chiefs also advised that "'research on anti-animal agent-munition
combinations should continue, as well as field testing of anti-food agent
What safety guarantees are possible? Why is this necessary? Who benefits?
Benefitting a business or a project is in fact benefitting the holder's
activities. Special interest laws are not just laws for they are not universal
but tailored out of favoritism and promote elitism; they usually end in harming
Congressional budget welcomes big bank bailouts once more despite White House
opposition Small budget provision, which repeals part of Dodd-Frank, allows
banks to back their riskiest activities with the savings accounts of regular
Americans Congress has agreed to use federal deposit insurance, which was
designed to protect the savings accounts of consumers, to cover risky trading by
the nation's biggest banks. The Guardian,
Heidi Moore in New
York Wednesday 10 December 2014 14.17 EST
Although animals are beings, and being is fully independent of the mind and
cannot be an idea such as property, animal still have no rights under human
property hallucinations. The hallucination is too powerful. Humans fight wars
over these legal fictions and theoretical economics.
The chasm between animal and human rights becomes much clearer in the following
case: … the state's Supreme Court Appellate Division declined on Thursday to
extend Habeas Corpus to Tommy [the chimp], on the grounds of the social
contract: no historical connection and
animals cannot bear legal duties or societal (human) responsibilities. In short,
chimps are not human beings. Ref:
The limited rights of Tommy the Chimp 9 December 2014 Posted by: Chris Magee
In the World or the zone of man, space and time zones are brought under
mathematical logic according to agreements, customs or conventions, but these
are products of behavior, associations, beliefs, and do not constitute reality.
They are made factual by choice, not nature. However, under natural necessity,
one has no choice in the event. One has to breathe, eat, etc. and adhere to
natural laws. When events are imposed by human activities, they are artificial
and unnecessary until proven with inductive science to be necessary, therefore
beneficial in fulfill universal needs. Rational necessity is ethical only when
it corresponds to ontological necessity. Artificial interventions and the
manipulation of natural forces for purposes of benefit or harm are fundamentally
ethical choices. Laws can control evil behaviors and protect good behaviors when
they are disconnected from powerful elites and lobbies who plan and control
environmental destruction and distribute the products derived from these
actualities with open and hostile disregard.
Securitizing fuel, food, water and the global financial system would
drastically improve the global climate and biodiversity of which humanity is
having "disastrous consequences". And by 2050, the UN and the global Elite
desire to have complete authority of all resources and control how those
resources are doled out to the entire human population.
For example, according to a 2013
by Food and
Water Watch (FWW), "Monsanto's day-to-day operations have wreaked havoc on
the environment and public health." Video: The World According to Monsanto by
Marie-Monique Robin - ARTE - March 2008
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Monsanto These environments were once
controlled by natural laws, then "owned" by the State, then transferred to the
states, but now increasingly controlled by businesses and other legal fictions:
… Greenpeace waded in with a report on the role of Amazon beef in deforestation…
linking beef and leather from the Amazon to companies such as Adidas, Nike,
Toyota, Gucci and Kraft. Many have since agreed to work with Greenpeace against
illegal deforestation. And Wal-Mart has promised to trace its products from the
manger to the refrigerator.
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In Alaska, With the purchase of Alaska, the United States added 586,412 square
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase. 92,000,000 to the state:
the Alaska Constitution, State laws, and the Alaska Legislature all direct the
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to sell state land for settlement and
private ownership. Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution states "It is the
policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and development of
its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the
Why? Why not? This fantasy is destroying the biosphere.
The idea of real property originates in territoriality. The idea of real
property is unregulated gibberish for there is no ontological correspondence,
but a fantasy propelled by the possibility of joining property elites.
A vintage plot: One MILLION acre estate perfect for wine making goes on sale By
Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 03:38 EST, 18 July 2011 (http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/03/queen-state-territories
The World's 15 Biggest Landowners
McEnery Mar. 18, 2011, 11:27 AM The world's total land mass consists
of 36.8 billion acres of inhabitable land. An incredible 21 percent of this land
is owned by a short list of landowners, according to
The New Statesman.
It is clear that property is an idea and not a reality beyond the mind, yet the
mind has a trick termed reason. Kant explained the origins are noumenal, not
ontological as this paper maintains. For Kant, things (beings, ecologies, etc.)
are neither an a priori category nor independent of the mind but mere empirical
phenomena or appearances caused by noumena. Kant turns to practical reason.
According to Kant, the concept of ownership must be extended to include
"rational possession that is perceivable only by the intellect" and from the
Juridical Postulate of Practical Reason, that any external thing may become
mine. Furthermore, the possibility of possession is a deduction that anything
external and useable can become one's property. One can be in physical or
empirical possession of the thing, but if not in physical possession, then one
can own it through rational possession. Rational, judicial ownership is
therefore noumenal ownership giving one rights over the property without
physically being there, dividing or disposing of it (an empirical appearance) as
one pleases. This necessitates a community of rational persons and a court of
reason, a legislature and judiciary guaranteeing one's rights. Philosophy of Law
and Jurisprudence, Mortimer Adler & Peter Wolff, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
1961, p. 117ff. Kant's epistemology accounts for the World, but not the
Earth or beings that are independent of man's mind, intellect and reason.
Although a legal fiction, personal/territorial property are both ethical until
they shift into incomprehensible abstractions and aggressively violating the
World/Earth boundary displacing indigenous people and destroying ecologies.
Entire ecosystems have been claimed, and then sold off according to imaginary
lines in the sand, air and water. Other than claims of territory by war, the
State emerges based upon its false claim of ownership of mapped, vacant land,
and the ecologies within the legal grid dissolves into private property and the
Earth's biosphere into commodities. From the emergence of societies through the
present, State land grabs and sales began to fracture ecologies into private
estates where industrial and individual activities "rationally" destroy them.
Major plantation holders in Sumatra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PgQDW9kbUQSumatra: "Island of Yesterday"
1920 Goodyear Rubber Plantations in the Dutch East Indies
· December 2013, Wilmar had
approximately 241,048 hectares (ha) of planted area of which about 71% is
located in Indonesia, 24% in East Malaysia and 5% in Africa.http://www.wilmar-international.com/our-business/plantations-palm-oil-mills/
(241,000 he=595,523 acres=930 sq. miles)
· Major Players in Palm Oil
Plantations Indonesian Commercial Newsletter, 2009.
Deep Ecology theories have gone wrong in the extreme reaction to perceived
centuries of human exploitation of nature and the dominance of rationalist
thought. The primacy of intuitive thought means that it lacks the self-analysis
that normally acts as a safety a check to prevent straying onto moral thin ice.
S/R 32: Ecofascism & Deep Ecology (Kev Smith)
On the contrary, the ice has long been broken. The World, the matrix of
practical reason, rationally destroys the Earth. It logically separates,
depletes, pollutes, and calculates its demise. The rational electric grid seen
at night from space is staggering in the enormity of destruction:
Water systems are dammed for their electricity and the water sold for
agriculture destroying the ecologies of those systems.
The exact number of dams is not known. There are approximately 75,000 dams in
the US Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) National Inventory of Dams (NID), which
is the most comprehensive inventory of dams nationwide.
- Worldwide, the agricultural sector is the largest consumer of freshwater,
accounting for some 70% of all water withdrawals. WWF Global
Instead of Earth and its communities of animals and vegetables, in the World's
confusion of rational ideas with concrete beings and its haste in exploitation,
these beings and their ecologies and the biosphere itself are degraded into real
property by State sanctioned lobbies.
The statement "property is theft" is one of anarchism's most famous sayings.
Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that anyone who rejects this statement is
not an anarchist….it recognizes the fact that the earth and its resources, the
common inheritance of all, have been monopolized by a few.
http://www.infoshop.org/AnAnarchistFAQ An Anarchist FAQ Webpage Version 13.4
Partially agreeing with this, it is self-evident that the Earth, (Sun, Moon,
Mars, etc.) does not belong to he human mammal. It cannot be bought or sold,
only destroyed or benefitted. We act out our delusions, fixations, distortions
and property psychoses upon it. It simply cannot "belong." We belong to it; it
generated us and stands independent of us and gives us life. Indigenous peoples
know this: How Can You Buy or Sell the Earth? Chief Sealth's (Seattle's) reply
to President Franklin Pierce. (Summary by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA Professor
Emeritus, University of South Florida
http://maaw.info/ChiefSealthsReply.htm. The Earth has a higher reality than
the billions of human mammals that currently infest it for they are dependent
upon it. It is real, and its reality enables our self-absorbed world to exist,
yet we destroy it. Like the rock band on stage that breaks its instruments that
enable it, in a fit, it fights and defecates on the set, so too, elements within
our species act out similar fantasies, tantrums and deliriums on the natural
Thirty years ago the world's third- and sixth-largest islands were full of
tigers, elephants, rhinos, orangutan and exotic birds and plants but in a frenzy
of development they have been trashed in a single generation by global
agribusiness and pulp and paper industries.
Guardian Global Development ‘The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear
within 20 years'
The only dictum left is to leave it alone; do not interfere with it, and protect
what is left of it with pro-ecocide laws, staggering law suits, and lethal
The perceptual separation of the Earth from the World emerges from the idea of
property. The Earth is perceptually separated from the World by the contrasting
patterns of economic development and ecological destruction. A contradiction is
forming between artificial economic and natural ecological systems. The idea of
property is a legal fiction originating in the epistemology of the
subject/object paradigm. The Earth is "owned" by competing human mammal tribes,
governments or commercial groups. Once the fiction of the alienation of real
property is projected upon the Earth, and once real property is reified and
believed a reality, State property is divided and sold according to legal rules
that are oblivious to natural systems, and any violation of these rules is
considered a property crime or cause. Ownership is determined by paper trails
and legal evidence such as surveys, deed, claims, etc., and without these
conceptual instruments, social anarchy prevails with overpopulation, diminished
resources, wars, pollution, infections, starvation, etc. Ownership is the mental
projection of mine or ours and its mental objects are possessions. The
mine/yours confrontation is resolved legally. Paper rights emerge from this
epistemological paradigm. The legal fiction of property is here to stay and it
must be dealt with legally until the imperative to let the remaining Earth alone
is universally legalized. Trespassing is grounded in territoriality, and we
intuitively grasp that it a threat and rationally grasp that it is crime.
Within the idea of property, conflicting political and economic eco-ideologies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-socialism Eco-socialism, green socialism or
socialist ecology is an ideology
merging aspects of Marxism,
socialism with that of
green politics, ecology
alter-globalization. Eco-socialists generally believe that the expansion of
the capitalist system is
the cause of social
imperialism, under the supervision of repressive
transnational structures. [page needed]
· Eco-capitalism… is the view
exists in nature as "natural
that have ecological
yield) on which all wealth
depends, and therefore,
government policy instruments (such as
cap and trade systems)
should be used to resolve environmental problems.
· Eco-fascism Environmental
historian Michael E. Zimmerman defines "ecofascism" as "a totalitarian
government that requires individuals to sacrifice their interests to the
well-being and glory of the "land", understood as the splendid web of life, or
the organic whole of nature, including peoples and their states"
· Anti-wilderness. The Sagebrush
Rebellion (1970s-1980s) and Wise Use (1990s-present) movements. Not denialist
per se, these were movements to oppose federal wilderness designation and
National Park expansion, and calling for existing public lands to be opened up
to logging, mining, ranching, off road vehicles and
oil drilling. Especially popular
in western U.S. states, like
Alaska during the height of
local opposition to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; ….