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Petra K. Kelly
“Overturning patriarchy does not mean replacing men's dominance with women's dominance. That would merely maintain the patriarchal pattern of dominance. We need to transform the pattern itself.”
“Like the mind-set that places men above women, whites above blacks, and rich above poor, the mentality that places humans above nature is a dysfunctional delusion.”
“The transformation of forests into deserts, fertile earth into sunbaked concrete, and running rivers into silted floodwaters show that only through care for the environment can the livelihoods of those most dependent on it be sustained. We cannot allow economic and environmental concerns to be played off against each other.”
“An industrial system predicated on the delusion of limitless expansion will, in time, consume its own basis of support.”
“Militarism is in direct competition with people's needs for food, health care, and environmental protection.”
“Power over must be replaced by shared power, by the power to do things, by the discovery of our own strength as opposed to a passive receiving of power exercised by others, often in our name.”
Petra K. Kelly, German politician, activist, founder of Green Party
(1947 - 1992)
Full name: Petra Karin Kelly.