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New Society Publishers — Oct. John Michael Greer has officially established himself as an institution within the peak oil community.
Truly one of the finest minds working on the predicament of modern-day industrial civilization, he is so well-read in so many fields that he regularly gains access to insights that utterly elude his contemporaries. For this he is treasured by a growing number of loyal readers—and, I suspect, hated by equally many fellow bloggers who wish that they could be half as good.
For example, his previous book on peak ecohechnic, The Long Descentshowed how believers in perpetual progress and prophets of imminent doom alike are sadly off the mark in their notions about the future. Instead, our society will likely decline slowly and unevenly over many decades, the way that the Maya, the Roman Empire and other past civilizations have done before ours.
In contrast, the ecotechnic society that Greer sees as the inevitable successor to abundance industrialism is one that relies wholly on renewable energy resources, and that places a premium on using them as efficiently as possible at the expense of reduced access to goods and services. But Greer regards efforts to ffuture an ecotechnic society right in the here and now as misguided. Then, once scarcity industrialism and the salvage society have played themselves out, an ecotechnic society can slowly begin to take root.
In The Ecotechnic FutureGreer appropriates terminology from a variety of disciplines, including ecology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, the history of ideas and the s appropriate technology movement. He persuasively argues for the need to respond adaptively to the changes ahead, and to encourage people to pursue as many different ideas as possible, rather than formulating a detailed plan of action on which ecoteechnic can agree.
He reasons that the greater the number of possibilities being investigated at any one time, the more likely someone is to stumble upon something that works. And he humbly admits that no plans including his own are infallible, and invites readers to dissent from his ideas in favor of pursuing some of their own. The only faint complaint I have is that I feel that the book could have been a tad longer, with the extra length being added to the chapters on various aspects of our ecotechnic future.
And Greer is such an engaging writer with so much to say that one looks forward to each new entry with the excitement of the proverbial giddy schoolboy or schoolgirl, as the case may be. One can never have too much Greer, I say.
Those who are already aware of the long, bumpy decline ahead for our civilization, futuer who want a clearer picture of what to expect, as well as some real, practical responses, will be well-served by reading both The Ecotechnic Future and The Long Descent. Still, Greer gets credit for being one of the precious few writers today to have undertaken the task of putting modern industrial civilization in its proper historical context—and to truly be gifted enough to do ecotechnc task justice.
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