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  • Technological Superstitions | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 10, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I'd meant to go straight on from last week’s post about völkerwanderung and the dissolution and birth of ethnic identities in dark age societies, and start talking about the mechanisms by which societies destroy themselves -- with an eye, of course, to the present example. Still, as I’ve noted here more than once, there are certain complexities involved in the...

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  • Dark Age America: The Cauldron of Nations | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 3, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- It's one thing to suggest, as I did in last week’s post here, that North America a few centuries from now might have something like 5 percent of its current population. It’s quite another thing to talk about exactly whose descendants will comprise that 5 percent. That’s what I intend to do this week, and yes, I know that raising that issue is normally a very go...

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  • The Population Implosion | John Michael Greer

    Aug. 27, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- The three environmental shifts discussed in earlier posts in this sequence -- the ecological impacts of a sharply warmer and dryer climate, the flooding of coastal regions due to rising sea levels, and the long-term consequences of industrial America’s frankly brainless dumping of persistent radiological and chemical poisons -- all involve changes to the North ...

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  • Busybody Nation | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 2, 2014 If anyone above a kindergarten pay-grade has figured out America’s vital interest in the Ukraine, it has not been reported -- or even leaked -- from the foundering vessel that is the U.S. State Department. In fact, when you consider the results, it’s hard to understand the rationale behind any recent U.S. foreign policy endeavor. Mr. Putin o...

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  • Heading Toward The Sidewalk | John Michael Greer

    Aug. 20, 2014 ( Archduid Report ) -- Talking about historical change is one thing when the changes under discussion are at some convenient remove in the past or the future. It’s quite another when the changes are already taking place. That’s one of the things that adds complexity to the project of this blog, because the decline and fall of modern industrial civilization isn’t something that might...

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  • Dark Age America: A Bitter Legacy | John Michael Greer

    Aug. 13, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Civilizations normally leave a damaged environment behind them when they fall, and ours shows every sign of following that wearily familiar pattern. The nature and severity of the ecological damage a civilization leaves behind, though, depend on two factors, one obvious, the other less so. The obvious factor derives from the nature of the technologies the civil...

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  • Dark Age America: The Rising Oceans | John Michael Greer

    Credited to ideas.etublogs.usj.edu.lb Aug. 6, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- The vagaries of global climate set in motion by our species’ frankly brainless maltreatment of the only atmosphere we’ve got, the subject of last week’s post here, have another dimension that bears close watching. History, as I suggested last week, can be seen as human ecology in its transformations over time, and every ec...

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  • Dark Age America: Climate | John Michael Greer

    July 30, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Over the next year or so, as I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I plan on tracing out as much as possible of what can be known or reasonably guessed about the next 500 years or so of North American history -- the period of the decline and fall of the civilization that now occupies that continent, the dark age in which that familiar trajectory ends, and the first...

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  • The Gray Light of Morning | John Michael Greer

    July 23, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- I try to wear my archdruid’s hat lightly in these essays, but every so often I field questions that touch directly on the issues of ultimate meaning that our culture, however clumsily, classifies as “religious.” Two comments in response to the post here two weeks ago raised such issues, in a way that’s relevant enough to this series of posts and important eno...

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  • Nuclear Calendar -- July 21, 2014 | FCNL

    Nuclear Calendar -- July 21, 2014 -- Friends Committee on National Legislation July 21 Noon-1:15 p.m., Robert Litwak, Wilson Center; Mitchell Reiss, Washington College; and David Sanger, New York Times, " Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves." Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington. RSVP online. July 22 9:05 a.m., Gen. William Shelton, Com...

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  • War Zones | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust July 21, 2014 Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, “We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they use their women and children to protect their rockets.” Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be ok...

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