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Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future… (edició 2016)

de John Michael Greer (Autor)

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Forget the comfortable platitudes-this is our most likely future. Forget the comfortable platitudes-this is our most likely future. 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, 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 500 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 John Michael 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.… (més)
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Títol:Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead
Autors:John Michael Greer (Autor)
Informació:New Catalyst Books (2016), 256 pages
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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 their fall to our own impending fall. He foresees the collapse of the industrial revolution citing numerous instances of our steady decline and inevitable fall. Knowing there is no avoiding the fall or collapse, he suggests we prepare for the unavoidable.

While Greer appears to be very knowledgeable and his facts are well supported, one would hope that humanity learns from the mistakes and from history. Greer does not believe this. It has happened before; it will happen again. Although the book is mostly doom and gloom, there is some hope. Resources will regrow, the climate will improve and we will recover if we make changes NOW.

Michael Dowd does an excellent job of reading the book. His voice is strong and clear, urging people to hear what Greer is saying. His passion about the situation is clear as he states early on his desire to see this book done in audiobook format and thus does it pro-bono. Although the subject matter is doom and gloom for the most part, Dowd’s voice is comforting.

Between Greer’s writing and Dowd’s narration, the book flows smoothly capturing the listener’s attention. At first one could almost say Greer is a doomsayer but his predictions are such that they are founded in fact and reality. After all, one only needs to listen to a small bit before it is evident that the fall is already occurring.

This is a wonderful book for those interested in saving the ecology, building the economy, and reclaiming the political and cultural future of this world. The book, for me, was not my favorite only because when I listen to books I want something light and cheery or so frightening that I cannot sleep at night… on second thought, I haven’t slept well since finishing this book …

There were no issues with the audio quality or production of this book.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Feb 27, 2017 |
Historical perspectives on how and why civilizations collapse applied to the current state of the US. Predictions are general rather than specific, and do not buy into an apocalyptic "we're all going to die" scenario. Greer points out the ruling classes become more and more alienated from the inner proletariat and that the resources to support the layers of mediation that constitute the middle and upper classes become harder to supply until something give. This is not an all at once process, it is just that it is harder and harder to get 'back to normal' after each crisis. I would suggest comparing the recovery of San Francisco from the 1907 quake with the recovery of New Orleans from Katrina. San Francisco, then on the edge of a new state full of resources went on to grow far beyond its 1907 condition. New Orleans, in a state ravaged by political corruption and years of exploitation of resources has yet to recover fully. Even the emergency response at the time was more effective, despite the improved technology that should have rushed rescue and aid workers directly to where they were needed. ( )
  ritaer | Sep 20, 2016 |
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Forget the comfortable platitudes-this is our most likely future. Forget the comfortable platitudes-this is our most likely future. 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, 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 500 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 John Michael 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.

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