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John Michael Greer: The God Of Technological Progress May Well Be Dead

But society is unwilling to consider that
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:49 PM

As we often state here at Peak Prosperity, the narratives we hold are immensely important. The stories running our heads influence everything from our beliefs to our values to our actions.

Which is why it's so dangerous when a society clings onto a narrative that is no longer serving it well, a narrative divorced from reality. » Read more

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Slamming Face-First into the Limits to Growth

Money will no longer guarantee wealth
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:27 AM

Executive Summary

  • Escalating costs of resource extraction and associated pollution are key headwinds on future economic growth
  • For the first time in generations, the same limits to growth that handicapped pre-industrial society are reasserting themselves
  • Our economic and political leaders are misdiagnosing the root problem, and therefore prescribing the wrong treatments
  • Remember stagflation? Get ready to experience it again – with a vengeance

If you have not yet read The Tangled Relationship between Wealth & Money available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The forces driving today’s ongoing economic crisis were sketched out decades ago in the pages of the Club of Rome’s epochal 1973 study, The Limits to Growth.  Mention that book to most people nowadays, and those who admit they’ve heard of it at all routinely insist that it made false claims about the future.

The irony – and it’s not a small one – is that this simply isn’t true...

A society in this situation can expand its production of goods and services – its 'wealth economy,' in the terms used in Part I – up to the limits of the environment’s ability to provide resources and absorb waste. Once those limits appear in the rearview mirror, though, any further expansion of the wealth economy runs into two insurmountable difficulties... » Read more

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The Tangled Relationship Between Wealth & Money

And why we're focusing on the wrong economic 'fixes'
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:43 AM

One of the most dangerous mistakes possible to make in trying to understand the shape of the economic future is to think of the fundamental concepts of economics as simple and uncontroversial.  They aren’t. 

In economics, as in all other fields, the fundamentals are where disguised ideologies and unexamined presuppositions are most likely to hide out, precisely because nobody questions them. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: Our Government is Feeding Itself by Eating Itself

"Absolutely typical of an empire in decline"
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:45 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and John Michael Greer discuss:

  • Government By Cannibalism
    • ​Good programs are increasingly killed to support bad ones
  • ​'Shale Miracle' Propaganda PR
    • ​The energy boom story we're being sold is wrong
  • ​How to Cut Your Energy Consumption by 25% for a Few $ Hundred
    • ​A simple trip to the hardware store
  • ​Living with Less
    • ​Easier than you think. More satisfying, too
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John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World, and The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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John Michael Greer: If the Four Horsemen Arrive, Offer Beer

Preparing for the future with optimism
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7:55 PM

"We have a national mythology that limits are always bad. In fact, we have a national phobia of limits," wryly observes John Michael Greer: author, historian, conservationist and proprietor of the popular weblog The Archdruid Report. "We need to get past that." » Read more