Sharon Astyk helps us to imagine what a post-industrial economy could be like by reminding us of the different forms that 'informal economies' can take - those forms of economic activity that help most of the people in the world to get by when times are tough. Read the rest of this entry »
An introduction to Johann Hari's "The Next Crash Will Be Ecological - and Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts," and his article on why it's been so difficult to curb climate change, and the consequences of not doing so. Read the rest of this entry »
In "The Sincerest Form of Reverence," John Michael Greer places organic gardening in the context of the currently disintegrating state of the world. He points out the relevance of comprehending the current challenges from the deep-time perspective of evolution, which he brings down to Earth by discussing how "green wizards" can coevolve their organic gardens by imitating Nature. Read the rest of this entry »
The great, homogenizing monoculture of the global economy and consumerism is sterilizing cultures and ecosystems and human hearts. Will we allow this year's atrocity and tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico to wrench us out of the cultural trance so that we can acknowledge what is happening to our world? Read the rest of this entry »
Reflections on the increasing number of Cassandras who are seeing through the collective delusions of industrial civilization, with tributes to Matthew Simmons for uncovering the lies and illusions about energy depletion and the coming energy crisis, and reflections on the power of Nature to break through the cultural trance. Read the rest of this entry »
The Bubble: The bittersweetness of what I experienced during two trips back to my country, the United States, in 2007, after living in Europe since 2001: the beauty and kindness, as well as the cultural trance of bubble mentality. Read the rest of this entry »