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The Era of Impact

The era of impact is the point at which it becomes clear to most people that something has gone wrong with the most basic narratives of a society...

The Whisper of the Shutoff Valve

Meanwhile,in Detroit and Baltimore, tens of thousands of residents are in the process of losing their access to water and electricity.

The Death of the Internet: A Pre-Mortem

There was, as it happened, a small problem with the 2707, a problem it shared with all the other SST projects; it made no economic sense at all. 

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.

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...

Review: A History of the Future by James Kunstler

In the category of thrilling fiction about our post-industrial future, James Howard Kunstler’s World Made By Hand novels have no equal.

Bright Were The Halls Then

Arnold Toynbee, whose magisterial writings on history have been a recurring source of inspiration for this blog, has pointed out an intriguing difference between the way civilizations rise and the way they fall.

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