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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

It’s impatient, and annoyed with most people, especially itself. 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.”

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

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There is a strong argument to be made that we are once again at the buffoon stage, once again increasingly in the hands of a small handful of psychopaths whipping up fear and fury and setting the stage for global autocracy, confrontation and brinksmanship. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

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Risky Business

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Last year’s Davos Global Risk Forum “landscape” Larger clearer version with legend here. . Last year’s Davos Global Risks Interconnections map.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

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In our modern global human culture there are huge rewards for dishonesty. They may seem to lead to massive wars, global and civil. 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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How to Save the World

That the way we live (in our now-global culture, and in our various local micro-cultures) is, though it may need a bit or a lot of tweaking, the only possible sane way to live. W hat we think of as our ‘life’ is actually just an infinite series of fragments.

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Collapse Watch

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Background is here if you’re interested in my take on how it will occur, due to the interconnection between our global economic and energy systems and the planet’s vulnerable ecology. The Ponzi scheme that is our global industrial economy is way overdue for collapse.

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