Category Archives: How the World Really Works

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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Afraid to Love

Maybe I’ve never really loved. I guess that is the truth — I’ve spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitudes    — Joni Mitchell It’s been a while since I’ve written about love. I enjoyed Laura Kipnis’ book … 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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Self-Management: Take Two

estuary, a new artwork by my friend Di  I‘ve written a lot about this subject over the years. It seems to me that, since we can’t know how grim the ongoing collapse of our civilization is going to be, or … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: August 2021

Indi Samarajiva is a cultural critic/analyst living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He’s been writing about culture and collapse as long as I have. Last year, in a remarkable series on collapse described in more detail in the section below, he … Continue reading

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Farewell to Bowen, Part Two: Creating Community

In Part One of this article, I described the global economic forces that have largely defeated Bowen Islanders’ attempts to create a sustainable, livable, long-term home for its diverse, long-term residents. I explained that the only future for the Vancouver … Continue reading

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Farewell to Bowen, Part 1

Average home prices in Greater Vancouver. Detached homes now “average” $2M in price. Chart from Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. I wasn’t going to write about this — my departure from Bowen — because I was concerned it would … Continue reading

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