The documents of victimisation and exploitation are also the documents of agency and resistance – even if, of course, so much has been lost to history.
Not accounting for the historical processes and legacies of colonialism in the construction of inequalities both within and across countries is a fatal flaw in Piketty’s analysis and undercuts the possibility of constructing a politics that could address the problems of our time.
Empires are short-lived structures created and kept together by the availability of mineral resources, fossil fuels in our times. They tend to decline and fall with the decline of the resources that created them, and that’s the destiny of the current World Empire: the American one.
The more I study the story of the Roman Empire, the more I see the similarities with our world. Of course, history doesn’t always repeat itself, but it is impressive to note how with the start of the collapse of the Western Empire, the Roman elites abandoned the people to build themselves strongholds in safe places.
You probably know the joke that starts with the question "how do economists hunt bears?"
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.