the life-expectancy of those of us who live in “advanced” countries,
It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world,
it will probably lead
to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased
even in “advanced” countries.
The industrial-technological system
may survive or it may break down.
of permanently reducing
human beings and many other
will still be very painful.
But the bigger the system
grows the more disastrousthe results of its breakdown will be, so if it is to break down it had best break down sooner rather than later.
We therefore advocate a revolutionagainst the industrial system. This revolution may or may not make use of violence;
it may be suddenor it may be a relatively gradual process spanning a few decades.