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  • We’ll Become ISIS | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 29, 2014 I played fiddle at a small-town, country dance last night with several other musicians and it was a merry enough time because that kind of self-made music has the power to fortify spirits. About half the dancers were over 40 and the rest were teenage girls. The absence of young men was conspicuous. Toward the end of the evening, it was just...

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  • Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 24, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Regular readers of this blog will no doubt recall that, toward the beginning of last month, I commented on a hostile review of one of my books that had just appeared in the financial blogosphere. At the time, I noted that the mainstream media normally ignore the critics of business as usual, and suggested that my readers might want to watch for similar attac...

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  • Barbarism Versus Stupidism | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 22, 2014 In my lifetime, the USA has not blundered into a more incoherent, feckless, and unfavorable foreign policy quandary than we see today. The U.S.-led campaign to tilt Ukraine to Euroland and NATO -- and away from the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union -- turned an “intelligence” fiasco into a strategic humiliation for the Obama White House. N...

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  • Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 17, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Lately I’ve been rereading some of the tales of H.P. Lovecraft. He’s nearly unique among the writers of American horror stories, in that his sense of the terrible was founded squarely on the worldview of modern science. He was a steadfast atheist and materialist, but unlike so many believers in that creed, his attitude toward the cosmos revealed by science w...

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  • The Era of Bad Feeling | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 15, 2014 There are times when events are in charge, not personalities. The unseen forces that hold the affairs of nations and economies in equilibrium dissolve, particles fly out of the many centers, and things heat up toward criticality. Glance in the rear-view mirror and say goodbye to the Era of Wishful Thinking. This was the time when the USA wa...

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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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