Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse

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Corporate capitalism has ravaged the planet the same way HIV ravages the human body, triggering a critical mass of cascading environmental, economic, social, and political crises. Economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels, devastating resource wars—if the Earth were a patient, her condition would be critical. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances, combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health ...

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Overview

Corporate capitalism has ravaged the planet the same way HIV ravages the human body, triggering a critical mass of cascading environmental, economic, social, and political crises. Economic and climate instability, collapsing ecosystems, peak fossil fuels, devastating resource wars—if the Earth were a patient, her condition would be critical. Life Rules offers a comprehensive analysis of our present circumstances, combined with a holistic treatment protocol for restoring health to vulnerable human and natural communities.

Predicting that Life will last, but if we don't make some fundamental changes, life as we know it—and a lot of us—won't, Life Rules identifies natural laws that have allowed non-human communities to thrive and prosper for several billion years, including:

  • Local self-reliance
  • Mutual interdependence
  • Reliance on non-fossil sources of energy
  • Resource conservation, sharing, and recycling
  • Radically democratic self-organization and governance

This sobering yet essentially optimistic manifesto is required reading for anyone concerned about our ability to live within Earth's means. A powerful tool for community transition and cultural transformation, Life Rules offers a solution to our global challenges that is at once authentically hopeful, deeply inspiring, and profoundly liberating.

Ellen LaConte is acting director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic, a frequent talk show guest, and publisher of the Starting Point online newsletter. She has written two books about Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteaders and best-selling authors of Living the Good Life, and she is the author of the upcoming environmental novel Afton.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865717268
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,387,925
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen LaConte is Acting Director of the EarthWalk Alliance, a contributing editor to Green Horizon Magazine and The Ecozoic and former editor of Farmstead magazine. Author of On Light Alone and Free Radical, memoirs about Helen and Scott Nearing, influential homesteaders and bestselling authors of Living the Good Life, LaConte has been published in The Sun, East/West Journal, New Perspectives, Country Journal, Convergence and Gaia: A Literary & Environmental Journal, and in numerous websites and trade journals. After twenty three years homesteading in Mid-Coast Maine, she resides now in the Piedmont bioregion of North Carolina. www.ellenlaconte.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword John Robbins xv

Part I The Real Threat to Life as We Know It 1

Chapter 1 Diagnosing a Critical Condition 3

Chapter 2 Symptoms of Critical Mass - Making the Connections 19

Chapter 3 Discovering the Common Cause 37

HIV and the Viral Global Economy: Powerful Similarities 57

Chapter 4 What's Wrong with a Global Economy? 59

Chapter 5 How Did the Economy Get to Be Too Big Not to Fail? 83

Chapter 6 The Prognosis for Global Solutions Is Poor 101

Part II How Life Deals with Critical Mass 125

Chapter 7 Life's Steep Economic Learning Curve 127

Life's Economic Survival Protocol 134

Chapter 8 Life Is Earthonomical, Naturally 135

Chapter 9 Life's Earthonomical Communities - Prototypes for Deep Green 141

Chapter 10 Life Is Organically Democratic 165

Democratic Earthonomical Communities v. the Pyramidal Global Economy: Striking Contrasts 188

We Can Do This 189

Part III Deep Green Methods for Surviving the Global Economy

The Heart of the Healing 191

Chapter 11 Mimicking Life's Economics - Improving the Odds and Our Lives 193

Chapter 12 Mimicking Life's Politics - Organically Democratic Principles and Practices 233

Chapter 13 Setting a Good Example 257

Chapter 14 How to Become Deeply Green 281

Chapter 15 Precedents for Success 311

Chapter 16 Dreaming Deep Green, Imagining the Ecozoic 321

Endnotes 325

Appendix: Suggestions for Further Reading 351

Index 355

About the Author 367

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