Brian Lloyd

Brian, recently retired, worked for three decades in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside. He specialized in twentieth-century U.S. intellectual and cultural history. He writes now as an advocate for localization, which he sees as the most promising strategy for defusing the many crises we face and reconnecting to the things that make life pleasurable. His essays and a “localist manifesto” are available at

Farmer's market

Crazy Ideas, Wise Strategies, Small Politics

At the very moment when our survival demands a deep overturning of what we have long believed to be true and proper, settling for less will look like the crazier option.

July 1, 2024

Beacon Food Forest

Humane Values, Human Scale

Humane values, if they are to find a field of exercise, must be broadcast over a terrain populated by institutions that operate at human scale.

May 9, 2024

Trail riding with horses

Leo Infrastructure

Only as visionaries will we get a realistic chance of narrowing the gap between the world we got and a world we would be happy to live in.

April 3, 2024

Sacred Kiowa land

The Future of Beauty

If the grounded sense of beauty Momaday derived from Kiowa cultural expressions is to play a role in shaping our response to social and ecological collapse, it will need a territory that can sustain it.

February 12, 2024

The Thinker

On Being Reasonable

A new mass constituency for fundamental change – the new way of reasoning made flesh – is visible amidst the blight and the rot. No member of this constituency would find it reasonable to trade clean air for cheap household items, health and justice for toys and gadgets.

October 2, 2023

folk dancing

“Rude music,” empathy, and the case for localism

If we want a future different from the one now bearing down on us with a full load of menace, we must fight for it as localists.

March 21, 2023

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