I, don’t like John Michael Greer. I don’t like his Druidism, natural magic and Leftist ecology. To my mind, this is too much politically correct bullshit. Greer, though, believes that techno-industrial civilization is doomed because of resource shortages (he is a big peak oil man), and he sees the West, if not the modern globalized world, sliding down a “long descent (The Long Descent, (2008)), to a medieval future. But, he entertains hope of a regeneration, where a Greenie “ecotechnic future” can be built.
The long descent, which kills off most of the human race is modelled on the fall of the Western Roman Empire, which past historians say, was a long-drawn-out death. Greer simply models contemporary decline on that. But, there are a minority of historians who believe that Rome collapsed quickly – in generations, rather than over the course of centuries, and some believe that there was not really a collapse at all, but a “devolution.” Matters are indeed complex: G. W. Bowersock, “The Vanishing paradigm of the Fall of Rome,” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, vol. 49, 1996, pp. 29-43.
Greer’s latest book, I hate to admit, is simply great. Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead, (New Society Publishers, 2016), is something like the book I would write. Climate change is real, although most Americans can’t admit it because they sense that it means that the capitalist/consumerist game is over; so is peak oil, resource depletion, species loss, biodiversity decline, and thousands of other environmental problems. Anyone of these problems is enough to bring us down, and we have them all coming at us at once.
We are fucked, and science and technology is not going to be a Deus Ex Machina and save us, just in the nick of time: https://www.inverse.com/article/21272-science-academia-sanjay-srivastava-fucked;
Regardless of the decline and fall of Rome debate, Rome did not face problems which we face. Our high tech, mega-populated urban jungles are highly vulnerable, and most urban people have no survival skills. They will die off quickly.
For those who are skeptical about my talk of the coming collapse and its philosophical significance, Dark Age America is a good doomsday primer from the Left. The works of Guillaume Faye, such as Convergence of Catastrophes, (Arktos, 2012), can also be consulted. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
[James LaFond Under the God of Things ]