Found 76 posts tagged 'collapse of society'
January 17, 2019
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In today’s post-truth world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fiction, alternate truth, fake news, and grossly-oversimplified, wildly-exaggerated conspiracy theories in which cryptocratic power structures and shadowy elites rule our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?
Beginning as an investigation into the author’s childhood inside a closet aristocracy of so-called ‘progressive’ British entrepreneurs, The Vice of Kings uncovers a shocking and deeply-disturbing history with links to powerful, high-profile individuals and organisations within the media, entertainment, government, law enforcement, the intelligence services, and more. By juxtaposing disc jockey Jimmy Savile’s secret cultural, criminal, and political affiliations in the second half of the 20th century with the life and teachings of Aleister Crowley in the first, it uncovers an alarming body of evidence suggesting that organized child abuse is not only the dark side of occultism, but the shadowy secret at the heart of culture, both ancient and modern.
Aleister Crowley, Alex Jones, Anarchism, cognitive dissonance, collapse of society, compulsory education, Conspiracy Theories, David Icke, Illuminati, Individual Freedom, Jasun Horsley, John Taylor Gatto, mainstream media manipulation, occult, popular culture, propaganda, psychology, psychopaths, Socialism, The Matrix
December 18, 2018
David J. Moore discusses his book ‘Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm’. People have been witnessing strange lights and objects in the sky for all of recorded history. Their modern guise as UFOs began in earnest during the 20th century, particularly in the wake of the Roswell incident in 1947. Despite thousands of reported UFO sightings, close encounters, abductions, and even crash landings, physical evidence for the existence of alien spacecraft and their inhabitants is practically non-existent. Shadow government cover-ups are claimed but official disclosure seems as far off as ever.
Big Bang, Colin Wilson, collapse of society, consciousness, cosmic rays, David J. Moore, evolution, Existentialism, extraterrestrial life, materialism, mythology, paranormal, psychic phenomena, Science Fiction, shamanism, UFOs
September 22, 2018
Martin Demant Frederiksen discusses nothing. Why is there something rather than nothing? Wouldn’t nothing have been a lot less trouble than something? But can nothing actually exist? Has there, in fact, always been something? Although answers to the vast, unfathomable mysteries of existence seem as distant as ever, we remain as compelled to seek them as countless generations before us. Indeed, as a species, we seem unable to truly thrive without some overarching sense of direction or purpose.
Atheism, collapse of society, consciousness, consumerism, evolution, Existentialism, materialism, metaphysics, Natural teleology, nihilism, philosophy, popular culture, psychology, quantum physics, symbolism
September 8, 2018
Mark Corske discusses his film ‘Engines of Domination – Political Power and the Human Emergency’. Is political power – armed central authority with states and war – really necessary for human society? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of everyone else? Engines of Domination offers a theory of political power as a tool; an engine that converts human energy into power and privilege for the rulers. Invented in the Bronze Age and ruthlessly refined for six thousand years, today this engine threatens to destroy our world in a human emergency of converging political and economic crises, resource depletion, and environmental destruction.
Anarchism, climate change, collapse of society, corporate control, corporate state, evolution, global warming, Indigenous societies, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, Mark Corske, police state, politics, propaganda, sustainability
August 4, 2018
Rob Larson discusses his book ‘Capitalism Vs. Freedom – The Toll Road to Serfdom’. That global economic, political, social, and environmental systems are disintegrating is scarcely in doubt. Inequality is on the rise as resources are concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. Even in the West, children now born can expect to be poorer than their parents. The era of ever-increasing prosperity is coming to an end. Conventional energy sources are running out while renewables fail to plug the gap. Climate change is making vast swathes of the Earth – such as the Middle East – increasingly uninhabitable for millions who have two choices – move somewhere else or die. Mass migration continues to drive social conflict. Fundamentalism is resurgent. Donald Trump and Brexit are just two of the most obvious signs of cascading collapse. The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux, a new world is coming. The question simply remains – what, if anything, can we do about it?
Anarcho-Capitalism, Austrian Economics, Brexit, climate change, collapse of society, corporate control, corporate state, Donald Trump, dystopia, economics, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, propaganda, resource based economy, Socialism, steady state economy, Zeitgeist Movement
March 15, 2018
James Howard Kunstler discusses his book ‘The Geography of Nowhere – The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape’. First published in 1994 but sadly more relevant than ever, ‘The Geography of Nowhere’ traces America’s evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones, and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots. In elegant and often hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts America’s evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the modern car-centric suburb in all its ghastliness, adding up the huge economic, social, and spiritual costs that the U.S. is paying for its gas-guzzling lifestyle.
architecture, collapse of society, consumerism, corporate control, depopulation, Dmitry Orlov, Donald Trump, economics, energy crisis, James Howard Kunstler, John Michael Greer, peak oil, sustainability, transition movement, utopia
February 18, 2018
John Michael Greer discusses his book ‘The Retro Future – Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future’. To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it’s clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the economic and environmental crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now. ‘The Retro Future’ is about one very powerful idea: deliberate technological regression. Technological regression isn’t about ‘going back’ – it’s about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present, and maybe the future too. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents, and it embraces the heresy of technological choice – our ability to choose or refuse the technologies pushed by corporate interests. People are already ditching smartphones and going back to so-called ‘dumb phones’ and land lines, and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve looking back.
climate change, collapse of society, consumerism, depopulation, Elon Musk, energy crisis, Indigenous societies, John Michael Greer, peak oil, renewable energy, sustainability, technology, transition movement
January 30, 2018
In part three, we consider how Wilson’s worldview differed from that of many in the literary movement he was all-too-often lumped in with, the so-called ‘angry young men’ such as John Osborne and Kingsley Amis who rose to prominence during the 1950s. Wilson held an unfashionable belief in the power of self-improvement over and above that of social protest or utopian politics. Indeed, his ideas about the possible emergence of a New Human, physically and mentally improved, coupled with his criticism of what he saw as the widespread denial of genius and worm’s-eye view of the World, were in certain circles condemned as nothing less than fascist.
altered states of consciousness, Colin Wilson, collapse of society, consciousness, Donald Trump, evolution, Gary Lachman, Individual Freedom, magic, manifesting, metaphysics, occult, philosophy, Scientism, Socialism, synchronicity
January 6, 2018
Thomas Lombardo discusses his book ‘Future Consciousness – The Path to Purposeful Evolution’. We stand at what many consider to be a pivotal juncture in human history. Just as technological advancements race ahead with digitization and automation changing the face of society at breathtaking speed, so too we face unprecedented economic, political, social, and environmental crises. In response, many of us attempt to ignore these pressing problems by simply shutting down, lost in the past or the future, the good old days or daydreams of better times to come. Meanwhile, practitioners in the burgeoning field of pop psychology urge us to live in the present moment, the only thing that apparently exists. Both mindsets, however, may prove to be psychological dead-ends.
apocalypse, artificial intelligence, collapse of society, consciousness, consumerism, cyborgs, Eckhart Tolle, evolution, futurism, mainstream media manipulation, psychology, Science Fiction, sustainability, technology, Thomas Lombardo, transhumanism, transition movement, utopia, Zeitgeist Movement
November 2, 2017
Joanna Demers discusses her books ‘Drone and Apocalypse’ and ‘Anatomy of Thought Fiction’. The idea of apocalypse is truly ancient. Although the word essentially translates as a revelation of knowledge, today the term is commonly used in reference to end-time scenarios or to the end of the world in general. Almost every culture and civilization has or has had its own apocalyptic tradition, often believing the end-time already begun and the end itself imminent. Whether self-inflicted or supernatural, cosmic or divine, apocalyptic thinking infuses all corners of culture. From the mysteries and meanings of religion and art, to our beliefs about the past, present and future, and the values which guide how we see ourselves, others, and the world at large, the dread of impending doom never seems far away.