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Déjà Vu All Over Again

Every square on the bingo card marked “economic debacle” has been filled in with a pen dipped in fracking fluid.

Dark Age America: The Sharp Edge of the Shell

The denunciation meted out to Bill Nye for bringing basic concepts from ecology into a discussion where they were highly relevant is par for the course these days.

Dark Age America: The Fragmentation of Technology

It was probably inevitable that last week’s discussion of the way that contemporary science is offering itself up as a sacrifice on the altar of corporate greed and institutional arrogance would field me a flurry of responses that insisted that I must hate science.

Dark Age America: The Suicide of Science

Every human society likes to think that its core cultural and intellectual projects, whatever those happen to be, are the be-all and end-all of human existence.

Facts, Values, and Dark Beer

The notion that life has to justify itself to me seems, if I may be frank, faintly silly, and so does the comparable claim that I have to justify my existence to it, or to anyone else.

Dark Age America: The Hoard of the Nibelungs

Of all the differences that separate the feudal economy sketched out in last week’s post from the market economy most of us inhabit today, the one that tends to throw people for a loop most effectively is the near-total absence of money in everyday medieval life.

Dark Age America: The End of the Market Economy

One of the factors that makes it difficult to think through the economic consequences of the end of the industrial age is that we’ve all grown up in a world where every form of economic activity has been channeled through certain familiar forms for so long that very few people remember that things could be any other way.

Dark Age America: Involuntary Simplicity

The political transformations that have occupied the last four posts in this sequence can also be traced in detail in the economic sphere.

A Pink Slip for the Progress Fairy

...I’m going to spend this week’s post summarizing the the decline and fall of industrial civilization.

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...
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