Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead

  • Title: Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead
  • Author: John Michael Greer
  • ISBN: 9780865718333
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dark Age America Climate Change Cultural Collapse and the Hard Future Ahead After decades of missed opportunities the door to a sustainable future has closed and the future we face now is one in which today s industrial civilization unravels in the face of uncontrolled clim
    After decades of missed opportunities, the door to a sustainable future has closed, and the future we face now is one in which today s industrial civilization unravels in the face of uncontrolled climate change and resource depletion.What is the world going to look like when all these changes have run their course Author John Michael Greer seeks to answer this question, aAfter decades of missed opportunities, the door to a sustainable future has closed, and the future we face now is one in which today s industrial civilization unravels in the face of uncontrolled climate change and resource depletion.What is the world going to look like when all these changes have run their course Author John Michael Greer seeks to answer this question, and with some degree of accuracy, since civilizations tend to collapse in remarkably similar ways.Dark Age America, then, seeks to map out in advance the history of collapse, giving us an idea of what the next five hundred years or so might look like as globalization ends and North American civilization reaches the end of its lifecycle and enters the stages of decline and fall.In many ways, this is Greer s most uncompromising work, though by no means without hope to offer Knowing where we re headed collectively is a crucial step in responding constructively to the challenges of the future and doing what we can now to help our descendants make the most of the world we re leaving them.John Michael Greer, historian of ideas and one of the most influential authors exploring the future of industrial society, writes the widely cited weekly blog the Archdruid Report and has published than thirty books including The Long Descent, The Ecotechnic Future, The Wealth of Nature, and After Progress He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old mill town in the Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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    1. John Michael Greer is an author of over thirty books and the blogger behind The Archdruid Report He also serves as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America His work addresses a range of subjects, including climate change, peak oil and the future of industrial society He lives in Rhode Island with his wife.


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    1. My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel. oil Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (1912-1990)That's my own selection. Quoted in the book, Anglo-Saxon poem 'The Ruin':Bright were the halls then, many the bath-houses, High the gables, loud the joyful clamor, Many the meadhalls full of delights Until mighty Fate overthrew it all. Wide was the slaughter, the plague-time came, Dea [...]

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    2. I have a small collection of "we're doomed" books. This one is among the more plausible in outlining the coming collapse. It certainly seems an apropos book for the dawning of Trump's America as a harbinger of decline and fall. Our civilization has been on a trajectory of diminishing returns at least since the 1970s and nothing in the past forty or so years has shown any sign of a reversal in these trends. This diagrams the logical conclusion of this path a Roman orgy of decay and collapse but u [...]

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    3. I'm a regular reader of The Archdruid Report, so I was very familiar with the material presented in this book. Perhaps a little too familiar, as it has barely been modified from its original blog format, and there didn't appear to be any new content.Still, I think anyone who is at all interested in what the future brings should give this a read. If you disagree with it, and it makes you angry, that's great too! Personally I find JMG's vision depressingly compelling, and his theory of catabolic c [...]

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    4. My original Dark Age America audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Dark Age American by John Michael Greer is a dark book to say the least. Very clearly and concisely he takes history and based on our present and projected future determines that we will collapse economically, politically, cultural, and ecologically thus slamming closed the door to fixing the situations through sustainability and action.He has researched past cultures revealing the close mirroring of [...]

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    5. An unsustainable system, cannot be sustained forever: the basic idea behind this book is unquestionably correct. Greer looks at the current state of Western Civilization, particularly North America and applies what history has shown us to expect from a falling civilization. From climate uncertainty to technological collapse to new economies and the inevitable social unrest, Greer puts it all down and gives the reader something to mull over and hopefully prepare for.

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    6. Make sure you are up to date on your Prozac before starting this book. It's not exactly an easy read, but it is very interesting. I agree with the general premise that the US is in a later stage of development as a nation. All nations (or city-states or empires or whatever) rise and fall. It's inevitable and the US is no exception. Fine so far. What I found myself disagreeing (or perhaps it's just my general optimistic nature) is the nature of that decline. Gentle slowdown or catastrophic collap [...]

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    7. Remarkable book! Greer takes his machete to all the favourite fantasies of the callous right as well as the hypocritical left. It's a blood bath. No consolation.I thought I had penetrated these issues quite well already, but he has changed my perspective in countless ways.His wry humour is a lovely bonus on top of what is otherwise, in many ways, the mother of all shit sandwiches :-)

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    8. John Michael Greer has developed into one of my favorite critics of modern culture because he brings a very unique and sharp mind to his analysis. He’s very prolific and this book covers current events and history with his usual wit and intelligence.

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    9. Greer describes and summarizes the decay of present technology-based "civilization brought about by a cheap energy-based society. While many of his premises are what we have certainly witnessed over the past 4-5 decades, his predictions are by his own admissions rather vague. Only to say that a dark age is coming and we should be prepared to preserve our achievements of value to survive the coming period of life without fossil fuels and a completely unpredictable ecology. Were I to recommend rea [...]

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    10. A brilliantly realized scenario for the decline and fall of carbon-based industrial civilization, with a focus on how it will play out in North America. Relentlessly anti-nostalgic for our current energy-intensive way of life, Greer's attitude toward industrial civilization is that of an undertaker reflecting in sorrow rather than in anger on the wasted possibilities of a misspent life. Writing within a broadly Toynbean historiographical tradition, he wears lightly an erudition regarding the dec [...]

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    11. Hauntingly prescientGiven that we have already missed many of the climate and resources use tipping points, this book examines the fallacies of the late-capitalist extractive economy and how it reflects very similar circumstances that prefaced the fall of past empires and subsequent dark age periods of regression that follow.The book does not try to conjure the particulars of collapse, but instead examines the historical consequences of similar over-exploitation of resources. Choosing to focus i [...]

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    12. John Michael Greer provides a condensed overview of the last few millennia of human history to show how civilizations in collapse follow similar trajectories as they fall. The book's prose is lucid and compelling, and refrains from outright fearmongering. Highly recommended.

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    13. This book mostly recycles Archdruid Report posts from 2015. I am a big fan of the blog and enjoyed reading the posts the first time around, but I was surprised to pay $13 to read them again.

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    14. pretty right on the money

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