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If marriage and couples are supposed to be this magic bullet, and your relationship is the thing that is supposed to define and make the world for you, that’s putting an enormous amount of pressure on that relationship. This book is not against couples — it’s really against the primacy of the couple, the anxious over-importance of the couple that actually makes couples fail because you can’t by definition make a whole world out of one other person. If you try, you’re shrinking your world and your existence in the hope it’s going to cure everything. It creates a lot of distress and at the same time it’s invalidating your other experiences you had when you were by yourself, when you were dreaming up other kinds of associations you might have.

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The essential point - that a religiously neutral state is the chief guarantee of religious pluralism - is the one that some of today’s would-be theocrats are determined to miss.
Christopher Hitchens

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I didn’t write this to intentionally piss off those who identify as an anarchist. I didn’t write this to add to the dualism between dogmatic anarchy circles and DGR. I wrote this because if we –humans, blood, bone, and soul– wish to save the planet, we need to go whatever it takes. Attacking the only movement at the time for doing so is nearly unforgivable, but I still believe I have more in common with the very anarchists I just critiqued than my next door neighbor. We have the drive. We know our base-line goal. Anything else is secondary, even tertiary. But to throw DGR out the window before the book even came out is silly. I encourage everyone who reads this blog, anarchist or not, to at least give the book a chance. You’ll learn a lot. Hell, I’m not even done with it and I’m ranting and raving.
A critique on anarchism by the Fightciv blog.

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Anarchism has its place in the resistance against empire. It should be considered for future sustainable human cultures when global industrial civilization meets its inevitable end. But as a strategy, it’s lacking big time.

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"Our population and use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially along with our technical ability to change the environment for good and ill. Our genetic code carries selfish and aggressive instincts that were a survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next 100 years let alone the next thousand or a million. Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space."

- Smartest man ever, Professor Stephen Hawkings

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