Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

Indecent Jobs

What happens when what employers can afford to pay to sustain their profit growth is less than what workers need to make ends meet? (Hint: It starts with a ‘C’) There is a class/caste war going on throughout the Euro-American … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 2 Comments

Links of the Month: November 2022

cartoon by Michael Leunig, of course They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans. The Germans hate the Poles. … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | Leave a comment

Our Perverse, and Accidental, ‘Human’ Nature

Further ruminations on this post on our collective nature, and this post on our propensity to hate. photo: CC0, from pixabay I. On the malleability of our beliefs The poet EE Cummings famously railed against our propensity to yield to our … Continue reading

Posted in Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 1 Comment

Has the Global Caste War Begun?

This is a follow-on to my article The Caste War for the Dregs. cartoon by Fergus Boylan In my recent article, I suggested that there is an intuitive but broadly-felt sense that our civilization is on its last legs, and … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 5 Comments

Links of the Month: October 2022

cartoon by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell Sometimes when I write these monthly posts I catch myself reacting strongly and negatively to what I’m reading and writing about. You can probably detect that in the links below about John Bolton, Johnson & … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 3 Comments

The Caste War for the Dregs

(photo from U. Berkeley, with this caption: “New study reveals the brain mechanism that makes rats feel empathy for other rats, yet refrain from helping rats they deem to be outsiders. Photo by Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal”) When scientists put rats … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 6 Comments

No Free Will: “Them’s Fightin’ Words!”

This post is a bit of a ramble, but I think there are some important ideas in it. The prison of the self: cartoon by Michael Leunig Some funny/strange things happened when I ceased to believe in the existence of … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 9 Comments

Recuperation, Accommodation, and Resilience

Australian Peter Webb, at work in the Brasilian rainforest; photo from It’s Crow Time. Peter Webb, one of the ‘pioneers of permaculture’ (which would make a cool name for a rock band), mentioned to me, in a recent email exchange … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | Comments Off on Recuperation, Accommodation, and Resilience

Links of the Month: September 2022

I find myself these days vacillating between a state of quite blissful equanimity (a very new thing in my life) and a state of almost existential dread. As with most humans, I suspect, this is largely affected by immediate personal … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 2 Comments

How Do We Teach the Critical Skills Needed to Face Collapse?

So civilization, at least as we know it, is going to collapse — political, economic, social, educational, health, transportation, technological systems all will fail, a bit a first, and then more and more. We have no idea when it will … Continue reading

Posted in How the World Really Works, Our Culture / Ourselves, Preparing for Civilization's End | 7 Comments