Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

Overshoot: Where We Stand Now (Guest Post by Michael Dowd)

My friend Michael Dowd has been researching and writing about economic, ecological and civilizational collapse as long as I have, and he’s interviewed many of the world’s leading thinkers on the subject. In my latest links I mentioned the article … Continue reading

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The Future of Activism

forms of activism, adapted from the book Deep Green Resistance We are learning, I think more and more, that most activism simply doesn’t work — it may change minds for a while, but it rarely seems to change anything in … Continue reading

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Links for the Month: September 2021

Photo by Steve Toombs, North Vancouver, young bobcat in the rain I can see the place where I came from I can hear those sounds right now I can find the paths I used to run And believe I still … Continue reading

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No Animal is Meant to Live the Way We Have Lived for the Last Ten Thousand Years

Photo credits, clockwise from upper left:  1. China pollution — Damir Sagoli for Reuters; 2. Trump stormtroopers in Portland — Noah Berger for AP: 3. Garbage-pickers in Lagos — Samantha Appleton, in The New Yorker;  4. Refugees in Greece — Daniel … Continue reading

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Something Better Than Democracy

(This is a thought piece. It’s far too late to reform our political or economic system, but it might be worth thinking about how and where we went wrong, and what a better system might look like.) Democracy index from … Continue reading

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This Is No One’s Utopia

photo by włodi on flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 PS Pirro recently riffed off a quote from Margaret Atwood that went: “Every dystopia is someone’s utopia. So whose utopia is this?” This was my reply: Margaret is a brilliant writer, but … Continue reading

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Trust in a Collapsing Economy

currency exchange in Somaliland, an unrecognized country within Somalia, from the BBC, photographer Simon Reeve One of the hallmarks of civilizational collapse is the loss of trust. Societies are built on mostly-unwritten agreements, and these agreements require an enormous amount … Continue reading

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Too Dumb to Take Care of Ourselves

The history of medicine, both within and across cultures, is fascinating. Many cultures have designated medicine men and medicine women, and a propensity for referring to many non-pharmacological substances as medicines. Other cultures entrust decisions on self-health largely to the … Continue reading

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To What Extent Is There a Problem? (Guest Post by Paul Heft)

Paul is one of my closest collapsnik friends, and like me has been active in movements to prepare us for civilization’s end. He lives in Palo Alto. Here’s his latest synthesis of the current state of things. Photo by Fred … Continue reading

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No More Careers

images by the Noun Project CCBY Gan Khoon Lay and Webtechops LLP It took me my entire working life to realize how unnatural “work” — ie wage slavery, in a relationship of voluntary servitude to others — actually is. Even … Continue reading

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