This week, reeling from relentlessly alarming data such as temperature change in the deep ocean, quadrillions of plastic fibers in the single state of California, and reports of the “dying sea ice” in the Arctic, we simply relay a voice of Amazonian indigenous leader Nemonte Nenquimo (pictured below) as she addresses the ignorant “leaders” of her region and the world in a recently published letter, excerpted below.
Amazon, providing endless cash flow to support the delusional aspirations of CEO Jeff Bezos to “civilize” the universe with “trillions” of humans, offers an exceptionally revealing case study for what happens when a republic of citizens deteriorates into a national mall of consumers.
Olivia LaVecchia and Stacy Mitchell, on behalf of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, have analysed multiple dimensions of Amazon’s tightening stranglehold on American economic and civic life. The entire report is worth close reading; below, a few brief excerpts from their analysis of Amazonian impacts on the social fabric of urban life, with images and editorial captions added by DP.
TWO FLIES CAUGHT IN A WEB OF FULFILLMENT
SKINNY DIPPING NOT PERMITTED
WHERE MR. BEZOS REALLY STORES HIS CHIPS
THE FUTURE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT