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on 22 August 2013
For anyone who is interested in scenarios about how the future of the current industrial/capitalist paradigm could pan out '5 Stages of Collapse' (sub-titled 'A Survivors Toolkit' is for you.
Dmitry Orlov writes with a wonderful dry humour which is most engaging in itself. He develops the idea of various of our systems falling over - financial, commercial political, social and cultural, and then provides cases studies of each of these, which can provide some solutions to the issues raised. This is of course set against our various financial calamities, resource drawdown, slide into climate change, over population and the slow demise of the nation state. Of course this introduces ideas and possibilities that are very hard for many of us to process at first glance or even second glance but i would urge anyone and everyone to stop and think about what he has to say as each of his case studies are based on events which are happening now, and seemingly being extrapolated across the globe. he emphasises the psychological damage that can accompany these changes, which is why I particularly find his writing so useful, so that when the wheels come off I am emotionally prepared, and hopefully able to function as a useful parent and neighbour.
He offers hope too. Having spent the last few decades demolishing the extended family and locally based life we will perforce find that our most resilient social ties will be within our families and close communities. Our salvation such as it is will rest within that setting, and the symptoms of this are already apparent with for instance the growth in the 3 generation household.