Dark Age America
- Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead
- Narrated by: Michael Dowd
- Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-15-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
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What is the world going to look like when all these changes have run their course? Author John Michael Greer seeks to answer this question, and with some degree of accuracy, since civilizations tend to collapse in remarkably similar ways.
Dark Age America, then, seeks to map out in advance the history of collapse, giving us an idea of what the next 500 years or so might look like as globalization ends and North American civilization reaches the end of its lifecycle and enters the stages of decline and fall.
In many ways, this is Greer's most uncompromising work, though by no means without hope to offer. Knowing where we're headed collectively is a crucial step in responding constructively to the challenges of the future and doing what we can now to help our descendants make the most of the world we're leaving them.
John Michael Greer, historian of ideas and one of the most influential authors exploring the future of industrial society, writes the widely cited weekly blog the Archdruid Report and has published more than 30 books including The Long Descent, The Ecotechnic Future, The Wealth of Nature, and After Progress. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old mill town in the Appalachians, with his wife Sara.
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By Philomath on 03-26-17
A projection in to a future with less
I can't but commend the author for a logical and rational prediction of a future collapse that sounds all too credible to ignore.
Most things we have and enjoy require power. Nearly all the power/fuel is unsustainable and moreover coming to an end. What will happen when the honeymoon is over.
Fossil fuel is plateauing and will start to decline, alternative energy for the most part is a ruse, since the energy it requires to produce it pretty much offsets the energy it will produce. The only reasonable solution is to use less energy, which means hard work.
Unless the long awaited energy revolution, which has not happened yet, suddenly materialises we will have to face the fact that it will be too expensive and unsustainable to continue on the path of plenty and more.
The sad truth is we didn't need all of this, but now that we are dependant, together with the effects of global warming, we may have to endure a depression which will dwarf anything in recent history. It's too late for a seamless transition, but not too late to survive.
This book is a brutally honest warning of a future with limited resources. It is well written and convincing. Highly recommended for those that are falling on hard times, which will soon be most of us.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By G. Koelln on 10-10-17
Important, but not easy to hear
I found this fascinating, depressing, discouraging and hopeful. All at the same time. John Michael Greer puts all the crises we are facing together in a way that makes sense and makes me think differently about the possibilities for the future.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tenma13 on 08-12-17
Great book, if not new territory for the author
Would you listen to Dark Age America again? Why?
Yes, It synthesizes the authors past work well and adds to it I already own a physical copy.
What did you like best about this story?
Honest, no-holds bar look at the current crises we face in the world
What about Michael Dowd’s performance did you like?
well articulated and a very listenable voice
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I'm a long term reader of JMG so not especially with this book, however the first book I read "decline and fall' had a profound impact as it brought together many of my other interests.