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The Question (ID Number 633)...

    In Section 12.11, Ishmael tells the narrator of the novel that "it should be noted that what is crucial to your survival as a race is not the redistribution of power and wealth with the prison but rather the destruction of the prison itself." I would like a little help with that statement. What was DQ's interpretation of this statement. What was the point that he was trying or is getting at?

    ...and the response:

    On page 25 of the soft-cover edition, Ishmael says to his pupil: "You're captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live." This civilizational system (examined in greater detail in Beyond Civilization) is the prison that must be destroyed if we hope to survive as a species.


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