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James Howard Kunstler – Too Much Magic

August 23, 2014

James Howard Kunstler discusses some of the issues raised in his books The Long Emergency (2005) and Too Much Magic (2013), examining how the global crises in energy, the economy and the environment have unfolded in the interim.

The last two hundred years have seen the greatest explosion of progress and wealth in the history of mankind, but the age of oil that fuelled this expansion is rapidly coming to an end. The depletion of fossil fuels is about to transform life as we know it, and do so much sooner than we think. Kunstler explains what to expect after we pass the tipping point of peak oil production, setting out to prepare us for economic, political, and social changes on an unimaginable scale.

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John Michael Greer – Decline and Fall

July 11, 2014

John Michael Greer discusses his book Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Although he was writing nearly a century ago, William Butler Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America’s global empire is the central feature of today’s geopolitical landscape, and the nature of our response to it will determine much of our future trajectory, with implications that reach far beyond the limits of one nation’s borders.

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Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part Two

June 10, 2014

Stephen Buhner discusses his book Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth which reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. It shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, once again become wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world.

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Stephen Buhner – Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Part One

June 3, 2014

Stephen Buhner discusses his book Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth which reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. It shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligence in Nature as kindred beings, once again become wild scientists, non-domesticated explorers of a Gaian world.

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Paul Kivel – Living in the Shadow of the Cross

May 26, 2014

Paul Kivel on Living in the Shadow of the Cross – Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Over the centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise. Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor. Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many to work for social justice. Yet, although the word ‘Christian’ evokes the epitome of goodness, the actual story is much more complex. Over the last two millennia, ruling elites have used Christian institutions and values to control those less privileged throughout the world. The doctrine of Christianity has been interpreted to justify the killing of millions, and its leaders have used their faith to sanction participation in colonialism, slavery, and genocide. In the Western world, Christian influence has inspired legislators to continue to limit women’s reproductive rights, and kept lesbians and gays on the margins of society.

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Giles Slade – American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

May 21, 2014

Giles Slade discusses his book American Exodus – Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. Some scientists predict the sea will rise one and a half metres before 2100, but rapidly melting polar ice caps could make the real increase much higher. In the coming century, intensifying storms will batter our coasts, and droughts and extreme heat events will be annual threats. All this will occur as population grows, and declining water resources make growing food ever more challenging. What will happen when the United States cannot provide food or fresh water for the overheated, overcrowded cities where 80 per cent of Americans currently live? The good news is that this overall decline of habitability in the mid-latitudes will be matched by increases in the carrying capacity of sparsely populated lands above the 49th parallel. This phenomenon suggests that waves of environmental refugees will travel north as southern conditions worsen. Our northern lands are our Noah’s Ark – a vital refuge in the time of mankind’s greatest need.

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Mark Corske – Engines of Domination: Political Power and the Human Emergency

April 4, 2014

Mark Corske discusses his book ‘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. Applying his theory of political power to Western history, Corske makes a passionate argument that there is only one way to respond to this emergency: Armed central authority must be abolished, giving way to a world of peaceful voluntary communities. Six thousand years of violence and chaos, of abusive power and plundered privilege, is more than long enough. It’s time for something better.

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Tony Wright – Return to the Brain of Eden: Part Two

February 21, 2014

Tony Wright discusses his forthcoming book Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness. Over a period of a million years the human brain expanded at an increasingly rapid rate, but suddenly, around 200,000 years ago, this expansion stopped. Modern science has overlooked this in order to maintain the illusion that humans are at the pinnacle of evolution. However, it is extremely significant that the abrupt end to brain expansion explains not only recently uncovered anomalies within the human brain, but also the universal mythic traditions of a lost earthly paradise and of humanity’s degeneration from our original state of perpetual wonder and joy.

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Tony Wright – Return to the Brain of Eden: Part One

February 14, 2014

Tony Wright discusses his forthcoming book Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness. Over a period of a million years the human brain expanded at an increasingly rapid rate, but suddenly, around 200,000 years ago, this expansion stopped. Modern science has overlooked this in order to maintain the illusion that humans are at the pinnacle of evolution. However, it is extremely significant that the abrupt end to brain expansion explains not only recently uncovered anomalies within the human brain, but also the universal mythic traditions of a lost earthly paradise and of humanity’s degeneration from our original state of perpetual wonder and joy.

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Dada Maheshvarananda – After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action

January 30, 2014

Dada Maheshvarananda discusses his book After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action. A grassroots movement for economic democracy based on cooperatives and local economies is quickly growing throughout the planet. Inspired by P.R. Sarkar’s Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout), After Capitalism offers a compelling vision of an equitable, sustainable model which economically empowers individuals and communities. Filled with successful examples from six continents as well as many resources, activities and tools for activists, After Capitalism offers hope that a new, democratic economy is indeed possible.

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