Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Coping With Trauma

… in which Dave reveals some unhappy and mostly politically unacceptable truths about our having no free will, and about aspects of Christian moralistic evangelism that permeate our western ways of thinking about ‘good and evil’, ‘healing’, and trauma. In … Continue reading

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On the Dangers of Labels

image by Midjourney AI; my own prompt Fascist. Terrorist. Racist. Any other —ist. Addict. TERF. Anti-Semite. These are labels — nouns — we apply to others, that essentially equate their (often merely alleged or assumed) beliefs, situations, and behaviours with … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: January 2024

cartoon by the extraordinary Will McPhail I love Will McPhail’s work. The mole in this cartoon could represent any of the ‘sides’ or actors in any of the current wars. Of course there are atrocities, and it’s tempting to take … Continue reading

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No Wonder

There is no thriving during a time of collapse but there is lots of joy. You can find it in the faces of babies, the wagging tails of dogs on walks and the flocks of crows noisily massing for their … Continue reading

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A Succession of Failures

Trump as Canute, ordering back the waves; my own prompt* Aurélien has written a series of articles recently on the subject of competence, or, more specifically, its absence in our globalized civilization culture. As many of our political, economic, social, … Continue reading

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The Humanity-as-Cancer Metaphor

source: note that OWID has been accused of misrepresenting some data to support the optimistic “the world is getting better and better” ideologies of their colleagues such as Bill Gates and Steven Pinker Since I started this blog I’ve often … Continue reading

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Interview with Dave on the Reskillience Podcast

I don’t believe we have free will, nor do I believe that our civilization’s accelerating collapse can be prevented or even mitigated. So I no longer provide advice on what people “should do” in the face of collapse. Instead, I … Continue reading

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Civilization’s Cycle of Trauma

Lately I’ve been trying to integrate Gabor Maté’s ideas about attachment and authenticity, with my thinking about what I’ve called Civilization Disease — the mental illness that seems, to a lesser or greater extent, to have afflicted all of us … Continue reading

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Fear of Collapse: Things Falling Apart, Left and Right

“Riding Into the Unknown”: as depicted by Midjourney AI; not my prompt  Much has been written of late about the “collapse of the left” and the global rise of right-wing populism. In many cases this is (somewhat understandably) blamed on … Continue reading

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Workable Post-Civ Societies: Ideas from Ivan Illich and Gustavo Esteva

In praise of the vernacular. photo of Ivan Illich (2nd left) and Gustavo Esteva (2nd right), from Radical Ecological Democracy The idea of ‘practicing’ how we might live in the societies that emerge after civilization’s collapse has always interested me. … Continue reading

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