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All Quotes by author - Douglas Tompkins
" As we get sucked more and more into the technosphere, we become less and less capable of understanding it because it becomes a technological milieu that we're in. "
" Capitalism doesn't function when it starts to contract, and we can see that quite clearly right here in the eurozone. It's like pushing a giant monster under water that's gasping for air. It goes nuts. "
" Capitalism may have all sorts of things that are good, but ultimately, it's bad for everyone. "
" Conservation is not without its critics and opposition. There are a lot of special interests that don't want to see land set aside. "
" Deskilling devices - they make us dumber. We're immersed in a system that now requires the use of a cell phone just to get around, just to function, and so the logic of that cell phone has been imposed on us. "
" Despite my great disappointment in American foreign policy, I am very proud of the American tradition of wild land conservation. It is the best tradition and example of land conservation in the world. It goes back a long way. "
" Every single national park had some component of private philanthropy. "
" Fashion is one of the most intellectually vacuous industries. We had to manufacture desires to get people to buy our products. We were selling people countless things that they didn't need. "
" I don't have a cell phone because I know how horrible it is. Using your cell phone is like putting your head in a microwave every day. "
" I don't think capitalism can survive. "
" I don't want to see anything natural get hurt. "
" I feel a strong bond with Chile and Argentina. "
" If you just hold your cell phone for 30 seconds and think backwards through its production, you have the entire techno-industrial culture wrapped up there. You can't have that device without everything that goes with it. "
" If you're not willing to take the political heat, then you shouldn't get into the game of land conservation, especially on a large scale. "
" If you're trashing your own country, ruining the soils, contaminating the waters and the air, cutting down trees, overfishing the lakes, rivers and oceans, you're not much of a patriot. "
" If you take guys like Exequiel Bustillo, the architect who designed the early park infrastructure in Argentina, or the great American architects, these guys had a vision that thrust the national park idea into the public eye. "
" If you want to destroy the planet, you can kiss social justice goodbye. The earth comes first. "
" I have even begun to think that I am caring for Argentina and Chile perhaps more than Argentines and Chileans. I feel like I'm sort of a de facto citizen, because I am looking after their national patrimony - which is the land - very carefully. "
" I just feel lucky that I somehow escaped from the confines of the business class... I feel so fortunate that somehow I managed to break out of that world and get to do something that really had more meaning. "
" I just realized at least what I was doing was making a lot of stuff that nobody needed and pushing a consumerist society. So I went to do something else. "
" I know all of the antiques stores in Buenos Aires. I've been in every one of them, picking things out. "
" I learned from my parents that you have to get pleasure out of what you're doing, or don't do it. "
" I'm a social justice supporter, but there is no social justice on a dead planet. "
" I'm short on celebrations and long on getting to work. "
" I'm sort of half-Chilean at this point anyway, half-Argentine. This is where I have been living and working for a long time now. "
" I tell myself to hurry up, that I have to do everything before death catches me. "
" It is really your behaviour that determines whether you're a patriot. "
" It's very complicated when you are reorganizing territories under different ministries. We have to get them all together and transfer jurisdictions. It's a bureaucratic slalom course we have to ski through, but it can be done. "
" I've never, ever tried to make life easy for myself. "
" Look at how fast technology is developing. "
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