Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

The Right to Do Nothing

one of many recent anti-mandate protests in Europe and the Caribbean, this one in Croatia; AP photo via Al Jazeera The arguments against getting vaccinated are now coalescing around the issue of “mandates”. These arguments no longer insist that the … Continue reading

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The Impossible Dream

cover art by Eric Drooker This week’s (Nov. 15) New Yorker is pretty depressing reading, but as I read it I realized that all of the analyses in the issue are focused on complex, intractable problems, and, refreshingly, none of … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: November, 2021

cartoon by the ever-brilliant Sandra Boynton I have been pretty grouchy sometimes in the last few months (like, whenever I read anything about COP26, or the racist murder trials in the US). I know there is no justification for it, … Continue reading

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What to Learn and Practice Before TSHTF

image by fellow Canadian blogger Alan Levine on flickr, CC-BY-2.0 Because we cannot hope to predict how, when, how fast, or in what stages, civilization’s collapse is going to proceed, it’s pretty much impossible to “prepare” for it. In any … Continue reading

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Ten Questions I’m Thinking About Now

me with my latest creation These days I try not to think about the future — it only creates anxiety and there’s no way to predict it, or really even prepare for it. And I’ve long given up trying to … Continue reading

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What the “Supply Chain Problem” is Really About

One of the promises of unregulated extreme capitalism is that problems of supply and demand will always “work themselves out” in an unregulated market, and hence that any market regulation will necessarily make things worse. The idea is that where … Continue reading

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Links for the Month: October 2021

cartoon by the amazing Will McPhail (his new book’s now out) It’s very strange regularly being triggered into a state of anxiety, while “knowing” intuitively and intellectually that there is nothing to be anxious about. It’s very strange dealing regularly with … Continue reading

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We All Have Indigenous Wisdom

The word indigenous literally means “born of a particular place”. We may, most of us, be disconnected from the natural world in which we were born and in which we live now, and we may be ignorant of, and even … Continue reading

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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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