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Afterburn

Afterburn

Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

 

Although he was writing nearly a century ago, Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America's global empire is …

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The Five Stages of Collapse

The Five Stages of Collapse

Survivors' Toolkit

In the face of political impotence, looming resource depletion, and catastrophic climate change, many of us have become reconciled to an uncertain future. However, popular perception of how this future might actually unfold varies wildly from "a …

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Techno-Fix

Techno-Fix

Why Technology Won't Save Us or the Environment

Nanotechnology! Genetic engineering! Miracle Drugs! We are promised that new technological developments will magically save us from the dire consequences of the 300-year fossil-fueled binge known as modern industrial civilization, without demanding …

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Reinventing Collapse

Reinventing Collapse

The Soviet Experience and American Prospects – Revised & Updated

The United States is in steep decline. Plagued by runaway debt, a shrinking economy and environmental catastrophes to rival Chernobyl, the US has been retracing the trajectory of the Soviet Union in the early 1980's toward national bankruptcy and …

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Peak Everything

Peak Everything

Waking Up to the Century of Declines

by Richard Heinberg
foreword by James Howard Kunstler

The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

The 21st century ushered in an era of declines, …

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On Gandhi's Path

On Gandhi's Path

Bob Swann's Work for Peace and Community Economics

Bigger has turned out not to be better. Servicing the global economy has exacted a heavy toll in the erosion of our communities and the destruction of our environment. Increasingly, we are coming to realize that the way forward looks a lot like the …

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The Ecotechnic Future

The Ecotechnic Future

Envisioning a Post-Peak World

In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world - not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced …

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