Basic Stances — Industrial Agriculture

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas. Industrial agriculture is the antithesis of the three tenets laid out by the institute: it concentrates all resources for human benefit alone, purposefully ignores the lessons of natural systems mortgaging future stability for gains today, and it is incredibly complicated. Agriculture puts one species in … More Basic Stances — Industrial Agriculture

IPCC Special Report — Summary and Comments

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published their fifteenth special report, which projects the changes we can expect with warming of 1.5°C and 2.0°C. While the full special report is quite long, the summary for policymakers is approachable to nonprofessionals. They also produced a three-page headline summary — the IPCC equivalent of “tl;dr.” … More IPCC Special Report — Summary and Comments

A Throwaway Society in a Finite Space — Contribution from Brian Kaller

This article appeared in the Kildare Nationalist and on the Restoring Mayberry blog, by regular contributor Brian Kaller. Illustration by Ken Avidor. We remember civilisations by what they leave behind, from arrowheads to pyramids, then our age will be known as the Age of Rubbish. Nothing else dominates our landscape, our oceans, our air and … More A Throwaway Society in a Finite Space — Contribution from Brian Kaller

Basic Stances — Infrastructure

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas.   Humans are a product of the interplay of their genetic propensities and surroundings. Before the neolithic revolution, 10,000 years ago, when humans first started settling down to an agricultural way of life, they were hunter-gatherers, moving throughout a region in search of seasonally available … More Basic Stances — Infrastructure

Basic Stances — Social Organization: Education and Population (Part 4)

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas. Education Throughout human history, educational systems have been a reflection of their age. In feudal times, education was the purview of the wealthy and religious ascetics. With the invention of the printing press (first in China and then Europe), knowledge became more widespread as the … More Basic Stances — Social Organization: Education and Population (Part 4)

Basic Stances — Social Organization: Economy and Finance (Part 3)

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas. It’s the ‸Stupid Economy, Stupid The economy can be looked at through a variety of lenses, but one of the most basic divides it into three sectors. The primary sector has to do with resource extraction. Everything from logging, mining, and drilling to farming and … More Basic Stances — Social Organization: Economy and Finance (Part 3)

Basic Stances — Social Organization: Heterarchy and Survival of the Fittest (Part 2)

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming novel EcoGuerrillas.   We must get away from the two most insidious beliefs of modern governance—hierarchy and survival of the fittest—and instead we should champion their opposites—heterarchy and cooperative symbiosis. Our current society is explicitly ordered in hierarchical systems: local, state, and federal governments, for example, or … More Basic Stances — Social Organization: Heterarchy and Survival of the Fittest (Part 2)