On the Ecological Movement

- At the opposite ends of the ecological movement one can find two forms of false political consciousness, both equally harmful -- only in different ways.

- The mainstream of the ecological movement has adopted bourgeois liberalism as a part of its strategy of trying to achieve the goals by working within the system.

- Adopting bourgeois liberalism has led them to swallowing the liberal system of values and the beliefs that come with it hook, line and sinker.

- That part of the ecological movement which has adopted bourgeois liberalism has been lured to play its games within the framework of a dying system.

- By adopting bourgeois liberalism and tying its fate to the fate of international capitalism the liberal part of the ecological movement has signed its own death sentence.

- That part of the ecological movement which has adopted bourgeois liberalism can at times show childish joy as the system allows it to gain some meaningless, marginal victories.

- Since capital tamed the mainstream of the ecological movement and turned it 'respectable', the movement has become a nest for political opportunists and a bastion of reactionary ideology.

- The tragedy of the ecological movement lies in that it was born too early. The ecological movement came about in a time when the power of capital had not yet become total and thus the objective conditions necessary for the fall of capitalism had not yet ripened. This way capital had enough time to corrupt the ecological movement.

- Bourgeois liberalism serves as the ideological smokescreen of capitalism, as an elaborate way to cover up the oppression of the immense majority by a small class of profiteers.

- The smokescreen to obscure the highest form of capitalism - modern international capitalism - can be characterized as the cosmopolitan form of bourgeois liberalism.

- Because bourgeois liberalism is a product of capitalism, it must also be the target of the fiercest assaults of the ecological movement.

- The worldview of bourgeois liberalism serves the needs of capitalism. This is why irresponsible consumerism is the rule where bourgeois liberalism reigns as the the dominant ideology.

- Bourgeois liberalism reduces the human being to a rootless, atomized individual, a slave of fashion and consumption.

- Bourgeois liberalism serves as the ideological justification to a way of life which is ecologically unacceptable and to the destruction of traditional communitarian values by the dehumanized forces of the ' market economy'.

- Bourgeois liberalism reduces the human being to an animal as capital turns his basest needs in to commodities that can freely be bought and sold.

- As natural communities vanish into the Moloch jaws of capitalism people lose their sense of duty and responsibility, what is left is pure and unadulterated egoism and a never-ending chase after instant gratification. Bourgeois liberalism serves as the justification for this culture of hollowness.

- The second form of false political consciousness plagueing the ecological movement is the anarchoid anti-state mentality and national nihilism prevalent on the extreme left.

- The healthy radicalism of the most valuable part of the ecological movement is lost because of this left deviationism.

- It would be madness to even think that the ecological movement could vanquish the forces of international capitalism by letting political power be fractionalized into a jungle of small anarchic fractions and communes when the 'language of power' is the only language that international capitalism understands.

- A not uncommon breed are the sectarians who believe that they can be safe from the destructive effects of international capitalism by hiding in their communes and desperately clinging to their dogmas. This is nevertheless a dead end.

- The smaller the commune is the easier it will be for it to keep to a fervent orthodoxy, but at the same time it will be economically weak. Larger communities are economically stronger, but at the same time much proner to being tamed by the system and reabsorbed into the mainstream.

- The power of capital is universal. It will change its shape to adapt to new circumstances, but will not disappear for it is based on the universal logic of greed. Even after the destruction of state, the power of capital would in its new forms hunt down and destroy the individual communes one by one, like scary animals who have lost the protection of their flock.

- One can neither escape the forces of capital nor turn one's back to it. One simply has to face up to them and defeat them.

- Fragmentation through withdrawall into communes cannot be a viable strategy for the ecological revolution. You cannot change the world by fleeing it.

- Life in the communes fascinates those, who have noticed that they can not make an impact on the masses. Those have already given up the game.

- The human being, his worldview and way of life reflect the mode of production in a given society and the social relations resulting from it. This is why the revolutionary ecological movement must thoroughly change these factors if it wants to end the ecologically unsound way of life of our modern times.

- The idea that individuals or groups of people could start a change in the society or make the capitalism fall by changing their way of life is typical for bourgeois elitism.

- The manic consumeristic frenzy is a result of capitalism, not its cause, and it will end only after the capitalist system itself has been destroyed. One cannot make the causes disappear by dealing with the symptons, this is why there is no point in making people feel guilty for a way of life which they are relatively unable to change. As long as capitalism reigns, most people will continue their consumeristic way of life.

- Long- haired idealists cultivating carrots in their back yards are the placebo which the mainstream of the ecological movement has prescribed to itself.

- The ecological movement, if it wants to consist of more than mere rhetoric, must be able to systematically and decisively change the very foundations of society as we know it -- but this requires political power.

- Both bourgeois liberalism and left deviationism hinder the ecological movement from achieving what would be the indispencable precondition for accomplishing its future goals -- total political power.

- The ecological movement must seek to gain total political power. Everyone who fails to understand this simple truth is either a fool or a traitor.

- Only total political and ideological power in the hands of a revolutionary

vanguard can break the power of international capitalism.

- The dictatorship of the market which now rules the world must be replaced by a dictatorship of politics.

- The most effective instrument for making political power effective is the state.

- The revolutionary group that manages to take over the state and transform the state in to an instrument of its will has won in its control a complete set of administrative institutions. These include the educational system and the mass media which provide the means to mold the consciousness of the masses and, last but not least, the apparatus of state violence.

- The customary affection and respect of the masses towards the state will be a valuable asset for the Party after it has taken over. The Party will then be able to require loyalty, discipline and sacrifices from the people even in the most difficult times -- and times will indeed be difficult as the struggle against capitalism intensifies.

- Only the state is a sufficiently strong actor to challenge international capitalism in a succesful way - provided that the state is moved by an iron will and is ready to act with a ruthless determination to attain its goals.

- In the realm of international politics only the state can be strong enough both legally and effectively to act as a force to be recogned with in the struggle against speculative capital.

- The ecological movement, if it is to be a revolutionary force, must aim at taking over all political power. Then it must transform the state in to a servant of the revolutionary movement.

- The state will be the ultimate weapon in the hands of the ecological revolution against international capitalism.

- The ecological movement must act as a counterweight against the right extremism of international capital and the left extremism of irrational fractions, which are both directed against the state.

- A state without the support of the masses is only a crumbling facade. This is why it is of no use to dream of a coup d'etat by the ecological movement --the correct course of action is the ecological revolution.

- In order to be able to win, the ecological movement must learn to understand the masses and their conventional needs.

- A handful of high-minded students or self-centered intellectuals are not the people -- one must always remember this.

- Intellectuals will always be ready, in theory at least, to go to the barricades. The most difficult task is to mobilize the masses but after having overcome their inertia their impetus will crush the system.

- The cadres must serve the people and not the other way around.

- It is very difficult for the young cadres of the revolutionary ecological movement to accept the in fact quite reactionary nature of the psyche of the masses. This often leads into intellectual hubris, alienation and inbred fractionalism.

- The revolutionaries must first humble themselves before the people.

- The veterans of the revolution understand that the persistant reactionary nature of the masses has always been the guarantee for the continuity of life itself. This is why the veterans know to respect it.

- That party which will be able to combine a respect for the conservative and conventional needs of the masses with the radical and and progressive goals of the ecological revolution will undoubtedly in the end achieve a total victory.

- The revolutionary ecological movement must be able to mobilize the national sentiment and thus all the latent energy of the nation in order to win the struggle against the forces of international capital, the greatest threat to life on earth.

- An ecological revolution in one country will eventually lead to ecological revolutions in other countries. The ecological revolution can with equally good reason be characterized as both national and international.

- If we want the ecological revolution to succeed, it must be done the right way.

- The colour of the victorious ecological revolution will be the union of red and green.

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