Mary Wildfire

Mary Wildfire lives on the Hickory Ridge Land Trust in West Virginia with her husband Don. She endeavors to grow more and more of their food, while continuing her quest to figure out how to save the world. Currently she’s writing novels set in the near future, because she thinks the depiction of a positive future is dangerously neglected.

Sorcerer's Apprentice

A World Run by Machines

Allowing corporations decisive power over our governments was a huge mistake– like the sorcerer’s apprentice thinking his dandy automated broom was such a great idea till he realized he should have put an “off” switch on the thing.

May 14, 2024


Review: Kayaking with Lambs

Kayaking with Lambs is an easy book to read, but a hard one to review, because it doesn’t really have a trajectory; it doesn’t build to a conclusion.

October 10, 2023


Saying No to a Farm-Free Future  by Chris Smaje

Who needs to read Saying No to a Farm-Free Future? Anyone thinking that the ecomodernist prescription might be a good idea; and anyone arguing with ecomodernists and looking for data to back up their feeling that  “food” factories in megacities is not the best path.

July 3, 2023


Earning a Living in Troubled Times

I am arguing here to consider opting out of the rat race, or even, if you’re a teenager, never climbing on that treadmill in the first place.

June 5, 2023

Woman's Friend Washing Machine

A Responsible and Upstanding Washing Machine

There are many possibilities for reining in corporations. But perhaps simply banning corporations beyond a certain size would be best.

December 12, 2022

Protest Against Carbon Capture and Storage (2021)

Why Manchin’s side deal or “permitting reform” must be blocked

The mainstream narrative is that the IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) is a big step toward addressing the climate crisis while the side deal is a step backwards, but we may not be able to stop it. I disagree. The giveaways to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries in the IRA make it most likely a net negative for the environment.

September 20, 2022

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