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Dark Age America: The Hour of the Knife

The disintegration of social hierarchies, the senility of ruling elites, and the fossilization of institutions all lead to the hour of the knife...

Dark Age America: The collapse of political complexity

There is a lethal mismatch between the realities of power in an age of decline, and the institutional frameworks inherited from a previous age of ascent

The Buffalo Wind

I’ve talked more than once in these essays about the challenge of discussing the fall of civilizations when the current example is picking up speed right outside the window.

Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites

The illusion of invincibility is far and away the most important asset a mature ruling elite has, because it discourages deliberate attempts at regime change from within.

Falling Empires

John Michael Greer returns in Extraenvironmentalist #81. Then,Chris Martenson joins us to discuss his work in communicating difficult information to people who don’t want to believe it.

Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order

Capital of every kind has to be maintained, and as a civilization adds to its stock of capital, the costs of maintenance rise steadily, until the burden they place on the civilization’s available resources can’t be supported any longer.

Technological Superstitions

Mutatis mutandis, that’s what happened to most of the other grand visions of transformative technological progress that were proclaimed so enthusiastically over the last century or so.

Dark Age America: The Cauldron of Nations

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 five per cent of its current population. It’s quite another thing to talk about exactly whose descendants will comprise that five per cent.

Dark Age America: The Population Implosion

For millennia to come, the peoples of North America will have to contend with drastically expanded deserts, coastlines that in some regions will be many miles further inland than they are today, and the presence of dead zones where nuclear or chemical wastes in the soil and water make human settlement impossible.

Heading Toward The Sidewalk

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.
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