Having a read of a recent book by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay called “What we leave the behind” this section leapt out, about people who believe that ‘walking away’ is an option
And they presumably recognize that civilization’s voracious industrial appetite is eating up the planet at an ever increasing rate. So why do they view walking away as an adequate strategy? If this culture is not going to change, where do they expect to be safe? What do they expect will happen as industrial society exhausts its last remaining resources? If this monstrosity is not stopped, the carefully tended permaculture gardens and groves of lifeboat ecovcillages will be nothing more than after-dinner snacks for civilisation. Page 381
And it reminds me of the wonderful short story by Ursula Le Guin entitled “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.[text][wikipedia article]” There’s this perfect society, except it only survives because … and … well, go have a read yourself. But of course there’s nowhere to walk away to.
[Bill Mollison, co-founder of permaculture, says as much during his chapter in the “Seeds for Change” book edited by Jeremy Seabrook – that you couldn’t just leave the field open for the enemy to dominate.]