Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

The author’s answer is, of course, a qualified yes. Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.” ” Mine, of course?

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

I’ of course presume these to be my choices and my preferences. ‘I’ Of course, I know that since selves do not really exist, they cannot have changed or caused anything. T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf.

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

So, psychologically, it’s better to downplay its likelihood (which is already occurring, ie 100%) and its impact (catastrophic, even just considering the effects of the destruction of forests, oceans, soils and permafrost, which are already well-advanced and accelerating).

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Collapse Watch

How to Save the World

Since it began, every bit, 100%, of our global industrial culture’s “growth” is attributable to ever-accelerating use of cheap, readily available energy. This is nothing new, of course; it is the story of every human civilization that has ever arisen on our planet.

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From the feed

Chris Corrigan

This vision is the one that would get me on board with using our existing oil and gas resources to manufacture and fund and infrastructure to accelerate this future for my kids. Unless, of course, the players know what those strategies are.

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