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ok, I'm going to say it. Western culture, philosophy & science is basically crap, because at no point did it occur to anyone to emphasize "not fucking up our living environment" as a possible priority of thinking and life. 1/
I'm sure this has occurred to others before, but it's really been brought home to me in past couple of days of watching the #Wetsuweten & #Unistoten defend their land and water. They see their role as protecting each other and the environment they depend on. Absolute clarity. 2/
Why was this perspective totally absent from my (loooooong & diverse) education? We had individual fulfillment, advancement of scientific knowledge, various kinds of social liberation and progress, even some art: nothing at all about our role vis-a-vis our world. So. Much. Fail.
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1. It seems this tweet is hitting a nerve. I'm having a hard time keeping up with up the comments, questions, + threats. Now that the #Unistoten solidarity actions have finished for today, I wanted to take just a few moments to reflect +offer some further thoughts as a historian.
2. My tweet was one of solidarity; I originally intended it as an intervention into the emerging discussion by Canadians about the RCMP’s action against the #UnistotenCamp that was treating this kind of operation against Indigenous peoples as an anomaly, a one-off. It is not.
3. As a historian, I can tell you it is part of a longer pattern going back to the North-West Mounted Police's formation (later the Royal NWMP, later RCMP). Indeed, the origins of the "Mounties" are very much connected to colonization, sent out by John A. Macdonald no less.
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