"...It is iron and wheat which have Civilized men and ruined the human Race."- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourses on the Origin of Inequality (Rousseau 24)
"It would be better to dump the whole stinking system and take the consequences."- The Unabomber (Kaczynski #179, Unabomber 140)
So, the question arises: What if it is civilization itself - the very thing Gore and friends are saving - that is the cause of ecological catastrophe? "For the first time in more than three billion years of life, a living system is relentlessly creating the means not of self-preservation, but self-destruction" (Schmookler 175); that "living system is civilization. In the proper historical context, civilization is revealed to be a fascist system of control, a ten thousand-year genocide against sustainable ways of life that pushes humanity toward extinction.