The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World

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“[John Michael] Greer’s work is nothing short of brilliant. He has the multidisciplinary smarts to deeply understand our human dilemma as we stand on the verge of the inevitable collapse of industrialism. And he wields uncommon writing skills, making his diagnosis and prescription entertaining, illuminating, and practically informative. Not to be missed.”—Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute and author of Peak Everything

“There is a great deal of conventional wisdom about our collective ...

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Overview

“[John Michael] Greer’s work is nothing short of brilliant. He has the multidisciplinary smarts to deeply understand our human dilemma as we stand on the verge of the inevitable collapse of industrialism. And he wields uncommon writing skills, making his diagnosis and prescription entertaining, illuminating, and practically informative. Not to be missed.”—Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute and author of Peak Everything

“There is a great deal of conventional wisdom about our collective ecological crisis out there in books.  The enormous virtue of John Michael Greer’s work is that his wisdom is never conventional, but profound and imaginative.  There’s no one who makes me think harder, and The Ecotechnic Future pushes Greer’s vision, and our thought processes in important directions.” —Sharon Astyk, farmer, blogger, and author of Depletion and Abundance and A Nation of Farmers 

“In The Ecotechnic Future, John Michael Greer dispels our fantasies of a tidy, controlled transition from industrial society to a post-industrial milieu. The process will be ragged and rugged and will not invariably constitute an evolutionary leap for the human species. It will, however, offer myriad opportunities to create a society that bolsters complex technology which at the same time maintains a sustainable interaction with the ecosystem. Greer brilliantly inspires us to integrate the two in our thinking and to construct local communities which concretely exemplify this comprehensive vision.” —Carolyn Baker, author of Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse, and publisher/editor, Speaking Truth to Power

In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world—not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base.

Fusing human ecology and history, this book challenges assumptions held by mainstream and alternative thinkers about the evolution of human societies. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. Instead, social change must explore many pathways over which we have no control. The troubling and exhilarating prospect of an open-ended future, he proposes, requires dissensus—a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity.

Written in three parts, the book places the present crisis of the industrial world in its historical and ecological context in part one; part two explores the toolkit for the Ecotechnic Age; and part three opens a door to the complexity of future visions.

For anyone concerned about peak oil and the future of industrial society, this book provides a solid analysis of how we got to where we are and offers a practical toolkit to prepare for the future.

John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener, and scholar of ecological history. He blogs at The Archdruid Report   (www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com), and is the author ofThe Long Descent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716391
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,470,027
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener and scholar of ecological history. His widely-cited blog, The Archdruid Report, deals with peak oil. He is the author of The Long Descent and lives in Ashland, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Orientations

1 Beyond the Limits 3

Human Ecologies

Tomorrow Comes Anyway

The Illusion of Independence

2 The Way of Succession 19

Succession in Action

Succession and Agriculture

Succession and Technic Societies

The Long Road to Sustainability

3 A Short History of the Future 37

Glimpsing the Deindustrial Age

The Depopulation Explosion

Völkerwanderung

Culture Death

A Different Planet

The World Is Round

4 Toward the Ecotechnic Age 57

What Evolution Means

The End of Affluence

The Age of Scarcity Industrialism

The Age of Salvage

The Coming of the Ecotechnic Age

Part 2 Resources

5 Preparations 79

Projecting the Shadow

The Effects of Homeostasis

The Twilight of Technology

Adaptive Responses

A Time For Dissensus

The Mariner's Two Hands

6 Food 101

The Next Agriculture

Compost as Template

In the Dark with Both Hands

Pieces of the Puzzle

7 Home 109

Tomorrow's Homes

Retrofitting the Future

The Household Economy

The Decline and Fall of Home Economics

The Specialization Trap

8 Work 141

A Hundred Energy Slaves

The Deindustrial Want Ads

The Twilight of Automation

Trailing-Edge Technologies

9 Energy 159

The Innovation Fallacy

The Paradox of Production

Jevons' Alternative

Master Conservers

10 Community 177

Lifeboat Ecovillages

Cities in the Deindustrial Future

The Ecology of Social Change

11 Culture 191

A Failure of Mimesis

The Twilight of Culture

Cultural Conservers

Religion and the Survival of Culture

12 Science 209

Saving Science

Appropriate Ecology

Toward Ecosophy

Part 3 Possibilities

13 The Ecotechnic Promise 225

History's Arrow

History sWheel

History, Meaning and Choice

The Eyes of feature

Afterword 245

Notes 247

Bibliography 255

Index 263

About the Author 271

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    Youcan get so fixated by the doomosphere that you seem to have a

    Youcan get so fixated by the doomosphere that you seem to have an excuse to do nothing. This book, which is really pretty positive as TEOTWAWKI stuff goes, got me off my butt several times on first reading. Not a survivalist tract. Genuinely a helpful guide to moving on.

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