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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Arundhati Roy Re-imagines world sans expedient “morality”

a world without war
From Common Dreams' article “Decolonize Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World beyond Capitalism and Communism”

Excerpt from excerpt, 
further editing by Carolyn Bennett

“The first step toward re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong [is to] stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination –

An imagination outside capitalism, outside communism,

An imagination with an altogether different understanding of the meaning of happiness and fulfillment

This philosophical space, Arundhati Roy says requires ceding sufficient physical space for the survival of those who might appear to be keepers of the past but are perhaps guides to the future. Achieving this changed ethos and its benefits to all, leaders must be asked:

Can you leave the waters in the rivers, the trees in the forest?

Can you leave the bauxite in the mountain?
Arundhati Roy

If their answer is no, then they should stop preaching morality to the victims of their wars.

Indian writer and political activist Arundhati Roy has authored many works including these 
Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy (2009);
The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy (2004);
War Talk (2003)
Power Politics (2002)
The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2002)
Collection of essays: “The End of Imagination,” “The Greater Common Good,” “Power Politics,”  …,”War is Peace,” “Democracy,” “War Talk,” “Come September” (2002)

Sources and notes

The article “Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World Beyond Capitalism and Communism” published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, by Adbusters at Common Dreams was excerpted at that site from Arundhati Roy’s latest book, Walking with the Comrades. © 2013 Arundhati Roy, http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/19

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