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Retrotopia: The View from a Moving Window

From the window beside me, the Steubenville station looked like a scene out of an old Bogart vid.

Retrotopia: Dawn Train from Pittsburgh

This is the first of a series of posts using the tools of narrative fiction to explore an alternative shape for the future. A hint to readers who haven't been with The Archdruid Report for long: don't expect all your questions to be answered right away.

The Last Refuge of the Incompetent

The science fiction author Isaac Asimov used to say that violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

The War Against Change

The first step in making change is imagining change, and the first step in imagining change is recognizing that “more of the same” isn’t going to cut it.

The Suicide of the American Left

If the best you can offer the voters is a choice between what they have now and something worse, and what they have now is already pretty wretched, you’re not likely to get much traction.

The Cimmerian Hypothesis, Part Three: The End of the Dream

Cities are thus the Petri dishes in which civilizations ripen their ideas to maturity—and like Petri dishes, they do this by excluding contaminating influences.

The Cimmerian Hypothesis, Part Two: A Landscape of Hallucinations

People raised in urban environments come to treat their mental models as realities, more real than the often-unruly facts on the ground, because everything they encounter in their immediate environments reinforces those models.

The Cimmerian hypothesis (part 1): civilization and barbarism

People in civilizations tend to cut themselves off from the immediate experience of nature nature to a much greater extent than the uncivilized do. Does this help explain why civilizations crash and burn so reliably, leaving the barbarians to play drinking games with mead while sitting unsteadily on the smoldering ruins?

Darwin's Casino

Our age has no shortage of curious features, but for me, at least, one of the oddest is the way that so many people these days don’t seem to be able to think through the consequences of their own beliefs.

The Dream of the Machine

The fact that one narrowly defined aspect of the universe seems to behave like a machine, though, does not prove that the universe is a machine, any more than the fact that one machine happens to look like a purple dinosaur proves that all machines are purple dinosaurs.
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