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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...

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.
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