Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

What Price Freedom?

Image by kaaathi from Pixabay CC0 I have argued before that there is no such thing as an “inalienable right” — in a civilized society, rights and freedoms are granted to us in return for commensurate responsibilities, and balanced against … Continue reading

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Salvaging Human Society

For many years, my writing about collapse centred around the “3 E’s” — economic, energy, and ecological collapse. They are of course connected. An economy cannot be maintained when severe weather events keep crashing the infrastructure everywhere, or when climate … Continue reading

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Pollard’s Laws

We will just keep going Until we drop And this is not a sad thing. All the leaves that ever lived Did the same. — Alice Walker (2020) (images of Alice Walker and Ursula Le Guin above CC-SA 2.0 from … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: November 2020

image from Pikrepo, CC0 This poem is by the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, Louise Glück, written last month: SONG Leo Cruz makes the most beautiful white bowls; I think I must get some to you but … Continue reading

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What’s the Matter with People?

New Yorker illustration by David Hornsby On September 1, I published an article called What If Trump Wins Again? Two months later, it seems timely. So I re-read it today, and think I called it just about right. If the results … Continue reading

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Still, Stand Still

drawing by Canadian artist Pierre Surtes, from my own collection (this is NOT the image in the poster I refer to below, which seemingly exists now only in my memory) When I was seventeen, my gf brought me a poster … Continue reading

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Facing Collapse: Ten Important Questions for the 2020s

Image of Ken Ward in 2016 Valve-Turners action, from the film The Reluctant Radical.  It has been a year of terrible news and terrible realizations. A year of justifiable outrage and bewildered astonishment. A year of dashed hopes, false expectations and … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: October 2020

cartoon by Reza Farazmand at poorlydrawnlines.com In my dream you were beautiful, backlit, noble. In the low light of the window you were leaning on the edge. The high rises and billboards for perfume and call girls, the steam above … Continue reading

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The End of Ideas

I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am… I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: September 2020

Oh won’t you come with me, where the Wood River flows? We’ll watch it meander slowly, as the sky turns from red to dark. And as that sun goes down, we’ll throw our arms around each other and tell the … Continue reading

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