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The Long Descent


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Table of Contents

Foreword; The End of industrial Society; Imaginary Solutions; The Stories We Tell Ourselves; Briefing for the Descent; The Coming of the Deindustrial Age; Tools for the Journey; The Spiritual Dimension; Bibliography; Index.

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About the Author

John Michael Greer is a certified Master Conserver, organic gardener and scholar of ecological history. His widely-cited blog, The Archdruid Report, deals with peak oil. He is the author of The Long Descent and lives in Ashland, Oregon.


"Candidates for public office, and the voters who elect them, should be required to read John Michael Greer's accurate diagnosis of the terminal illness our fossil-energy subsidized industrial civilization has too long denied. He shows how stubborn belief in perpetual progress blinded us to the abyss toward which we were speeding and thus impeded wise preparation for our unavoidable descent into a deindustrial age. We must hope that the array of mitigating tools he prescribes may yet render that descent down the back side of Hubbert's peak less devastating than it will be if we insistently claim a right to be prodigal in using this finite Earth."
-- William R. Catton, Jr. author of Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
"This is a very wise and timely message for a nation facing enormous practical challenges. Greer's generosity of spirit and essential kindness are habits of mind and heart very much worth emulating."
-- James Howard Kunstler author of World Made by Hand and The Long Emergency

When we find ourselves falling off the lofty peak of infinite progress, our civilization's mythology predisposes our imaginations to bypass reality altogether, and to roll straight for the equally profound abyss of the Apocalypse. Greer breaks this spell, and instead offers us a view on our deindustrial future that is both carefully reasoned and grounded in spirituality.
-- Dmitry Orlov author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects

"If, as Greer suggests, our"prolonged brush with ecological reality" is not a slide or a free-fall, but a stair-step, then we have time to see this book made required reading in every U.S. high school. This is both a past and future history book, written from a perspective that is rare now, but will soon be widely shared."
-- Albert Bates, author of The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook

""Sweeping historical vision"is not generally a term applied to books about peak oil, which tend to imagine the coming crisis in terms as a culmination and a single event. John Michael Greer offers a useful corrective to this narrow vision in a book that is both pragmatic and visionary. In this deeply engaging book, Greer places us not at the end of our historical narrative, but at the beginning of a some- times harrowing, but potentially fascinating transition."
-- Sharon Astyk author of Depletion & Abundance: Life on the New Home Front and blogger,

"At once erudite and entertaining, Greer's exploration of the dynamics of societal collapse couldn't be more timely. Resource depletion and climate change guarantee that industrial societies will contract in the decades ahead. Do we face a universally destructive calamity, or a long transition to a sustainable future? That's one of the most important questions facing us, and this book is one of the very few to address it on the basis of clear reasoning and historical precedents."
-- Richard Heinberg Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The Party's Over and Peak Everything

"The fall of civilization, according to Greer, does not look like falling off a cliff but rather "a slide down statistical curves that will ease modern industrial civilization into history's dumpster." Presenting the concept of "catabolic collapse," Greer brilliantly assists the reader in deciphering an illusory intellectual polarity consist- ing on one side of the infinite progress of civilization and on the other, apocalypse. Not unlike the journey through the mythical Scylla and Charybdis, Greer appropriately names this odyssey The Long Descent, and for it, he offers us not only an excellent read, but tangible tools for navigating the transition."
-- Carolyn Baker author of Speaking Truth to Power

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