MHCC Independent Report – Fabio Poveda Interviews Alexander Baretich about Cascadia and bioregionalism.
In Regards to Political Secession and Working Within Corrupt Imperial Politics
By Alexander Baretich
I am actually against the current idea of political secession and the formation of yet another political party within the American-Canadian corrupt political systems. I believe a slave who feels that they need to ask for freedom from their master is never free. A political party would be stereotyped in the corporate media and at first might get a surge in support, but would hit a plateau in interest as it’s stereotyped into two seemingly conflicting images: “radical hippies in communes” and “gun totting racists and xenophobes.” I believe eventually professional or life-long Cascadian politicians would be the biggest obstacle to independence as they would privately see staying in the corrupt political system as a means for their own financial gain. I fear that such a political party would give false hope for reform of the corrupt system.
That all aside there are some things if changed or aspired to would get me to shift my stand on supporting a platform of political secession. I would support political secession if certain things were addressed and actually acted upon. If these (currently 10) specific things are not acted upon then I believe the movement of Cascadian independence is doomed to repeat what the US and other nation-states have become.
1.) That such a secession movement be focused on bioregional awakening
2.) That the movement be a decolonization movement, questioning and deconstructing the thinking of domination of Nature, the Earth and ourselves that we have inherited from “settler culture.” In essence it becomes a resistance movement that includes paradigm shift within us as well
3.) Solidarity with indigenous people in their struggles and acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the indigenous nations within the bioregion
4). Inclusion and active dialog with minorities and marginalized communities as part of the human landscape of the bioregion
5.) Confronting and resisting the current socioeconomic systems of the oppression
6.) Focus on building (birthing) a decentralized Alternative Infrastructure of Resistance and Resilience (A.I.R.R.)
7.) That the movement be focused on decentralization and community autonomy within a bioregional network
8.) Securing and creating culture of stewardship of the social commons (such as education, health and infrastructure) and natural commons (such as water, air, forests, ecological communities, minerals, soil and the Earth)
9.) Denouncing of Nationalism and Cascadia as a single nation, but acknowledging that many indigenous nations exist within that bioregion.
10.) If a secessionist political party was formed that it not focus on electing individuals to positions of power, but focused on issues such as decolonization and demonstrating the corruption of the dominant system.
Contains explicit content.
Alexander gives a lecture including the Dichotomy of Being, the Hegelian Dialectic, Romanticism, Nationalism, and the educational system.
“Caspar David Friedrich – Wanderer above the sea of fog” by Caspar David Friedrich – The photographic reproduction was done by Cybershot800i. (Diff). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
The documentary we watched during this class was Legacy – The Origins of Civilization – Episode 1: Iraq, the Cradle Of Civilization (Documentary).
This is a guerilla course (free class) on bioregionalism, especially in Cascadia. The class will explore what bioregionalism is. In this exploration we will examine civilization and ask is bioregionalism the solution to the negative effects of anthropocentrism and the idea of “power over.”
This class is being held by Alexander Baretich.
Starting April 27th 2015
*NEW LOCATION beginning on May 4th*
6:30 PM Mondays at Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
Cramer Hall, Room 409 (4th floor)
R.S.V.P. to Alexander Baretich at Alexander.Baretich@gmail.com for exactly where and if there is a vacancy in the class. This course is free, but no donations are turned away.
Recording of the first class on 4/27/15Contains some explicit language.
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. DamNationFilm.com
Jen and Jacob explore Portland and meet with beautiful souls who are calling for a change at this time. Contact them or donate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Berg was one of the original San Francisco Diggers and went on to co-found the Planet Drum Foundation. He was at the first UN Conference on the Environment in Stockholm Sweden in 1972, was one of the originators of Bioregionalism, and has been at the heart of many ecological battles, including California’s Peripheral Canal. This is part of the “Ecology Emerges” oral history interview collection by Shaping San Francisco, tracing the arc of environmental activism from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present.
Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emergence of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging “Ecology Emerges” oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.
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