“Did you hear it? It is the sound of your world collapsing. It is that of ours resurging. The day that was the day, was night. And night will be the day that will be the day.” –Zapatista communiqué, Dec. 21st, 2012.
The summer of 2015 is turning more and more into a chaotic environment around the globe. In the US we have seen lone wolf attacks in Tennessee, blatant violations of Posse Comitatus with Jade Helm, and renewed violence and arrests in Ferguson, Missouri. Abroad, war rages in eastern Ukraine and Syria-Iraq, separatist insurgents have attacked northeast India multiple times, and the Taliban and Boko Haram are carrying on with new leaders. And it’s not just organized violence that poses problems, but resource bottlenecks as well: Ethiopia and Egypt have been at each others’ throats for years over a proposed Nile dam, parts of California and Brazil have experienced record droughts, and even the humid southeast US is having its very own water war over usage disputes between Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Environmental disasters pop up on a near daily basis: just this week we witnessed three million gallons of wastewater spilled in rivers in Colorado, turning rivers orange, and dozens dead in an explosion in Tianjin, China.