Today witnessed the largest climate change rally in world history with indigenous people at the forefront of the protest. Urgh. Excuse me for not subscribing to this inane brand of romantic sentimentalism with regards to the naturalistic primitivism of “indigenous people” (which in itself is a fairly relativistic term, but that’s perhaps another discussion).
To my mind, the pretense that native peoples enjoyed a “sustainable” existence prior to the arrival of rapaciously exploitative Europeans is nothing but a patronizing façade of laughable revisionism disguising some crudely idealistic form of communist mythology.
Make no mistake that life in native societies, while it may not have been solitary, otherwise it was, to borrow from Hobbes, most certainly “poor, nasty, brutish, and short”… And as for putative claims to sustainability, one only needs to look to the ancient Mayans to see a perfect example of systemic ecological collapse precipitated by a maladapted primitive civilization excessively devoted to organized religion and ethnocentric warfare.