Premise Four

Random thought. . .

The best thing that Derrick Jensen ever wrote was Premise Four in his book Endgame:

Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

Premise Four provides a great starting point if we want to understand what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

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