Culture Change
27 November 2015
Progress is Heresy: Nukes and the Abandonment of Traditions
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageIn traditional cultures that cared for the land, all people enjoyed generation after generation of living reasonably, if not perfectly or with fabulous wealth. Food was grown locally, as were plant medicines and materials for clothing and shelter. Some big trees were left standing, taken only occasionally for a long-lasting community purpose such as a dugout canoe -- not for one man's private patio.

This time-honored way of living did not see freeways or nuclear power stations take over the landscape

Is This It? Collapse and a New Dawn Triggered from Japan
by Jan Lundberg   
Image Society appears to be exiting the age of extreme economic competition and entering the transformation to a culture of cooperation. Nature and humanity must start getting along together, as our ancestors did for so many millennia before the dominant order started its relentless take-over several thousand years ago.

But before we can reach a new equilibrium and attain a sustainable coexistence, our civilization seems to have guaranteed a transition from orderly competition to desperate individual and small band competition.

The End of Nuclear and its Timing
by Jan Lundberg   
Image Three days before the Fukushima nuclear power explosion, I made this comment on a peace activist's Facebook page: "I believe a successful, final anti-nuke campaign will only take place in one of two ways: (1) collapse puts the entire infrastructure of industry and consumption out of business, forcing the survivors to minimally babysit the nukes forever, or, there's an accident or deliberate blast or meltdown that motivates people all over the world to shut down the mechanical beast once and for all."
Peak Oil & Deficiencies In Risk Assessment Methodologies
by Charles Cresson Wood   
ImageEditor's note: This technical analysis nails the failure of government and corporate culture to address peak oil, laying bare the shortcomings of planning only for short-term goals. He has welcomed my putting his analysis into the broader context, which I do in a comment at the end. - Jan Lundberg

Serious and sustained disruptions caused by peak oil -- up to and including total systemic shutdown -- face the food, water, transportation, and other complex systems

The Health Economy — The Alternative to Federal Government Shutdown
by David Cundiff, MD   
Editor's Note: the author's book The Health Economy was introduced to Culture Change readers on Nov. 17, 2010, but it is now in a new e-book edition. The Health Economy concept's most prestigious endorsement was when Dr. George Lundberg, former chief editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, recently linked to our previous review in his At Large column at MedPage Today. The following is the latest manifesto for the Health Economy. - JL

The Health Economy will take the place of today’s bankrupt Waste Economy that has let down working people.

Subtle Genocide Is Revisiting Cerro Rico, Bolivia
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageImageThe scene of several million deaths at the hands of Spaniard invaders, Cerro Rico ("rich hill") is just above the city of Potosí in Bolivia. In May 2010, I noted significant amounts of plastic debris all over the mountainside, but I couldn't guess the source. The answer, from my local driver, is that the miners working in the mountain constantly use plastic bags for their daily coca supplies. Chewing the leaves provides stamina and curbs hunger.
Drinking Toxic Waste: Medication of the Masses
by "Ben Loman"   
Image Every day, tens of millions of Americans will be medicated without their consent. The medication will be administered in unrestricted amounts, even to those who are at the greatest risk of succumbing to its toxic side effects. This medicine is called fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element which is today artificially added to the drinking water of over 72% of American homes. This practice is nothing new. Water fluoridation was originally developed by the Nazis.
Red Cups
by Dani Ito   
Image University of California, Santa Barbara - As I wade shin-deep through piles full of crunching plastic, all I see is red. Shiny, fire-engine red that has become oh-so familiar. But for now, the living room is unrecognizable. A fort has accumulated out of stacks of red plastic party cups. Solo, Kirkland, Dixie, Hefty -- the gang’s all here...
Economy of Poetics – A Sketch
by V. I. Postnikov   
Image Let the beauty we love be what we do – Rumi
The environmental crisis is the crisis of aesthetics – James Hillman
The poet knows of no “waste”... Ecopoetics is the way of thinking economically – Hwa Yol Jung

It is the right time for poets and artists to engage in economics. We can’t allow the greedy and self-important “experts” and “economists” to push the world to the brink of catastrophe.

Arab World's Turmoil May Spell Sudden Petrocollapse
by Jan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst   
ImageGasoline prices have been rising this winter in the U.S., even though we are well outside the summer driving season with its traditionally highest price level. Among the reasons for today's higher gasoline and crude oil prices is the high demand for heating oil during this extra cold winter, as heating oil in some northern parts of the world is a life-and-death commodity. This can put some pressure on gasoline supplies as refineries might attempt to maximize heating oil output,
Practical Culture Change: two easy ways
by Jan Lundberg   
First, a timely offer from author David Cundiff, MD, that goes toward sustaining our work:

Unless collapse comes immediately, the U.S. has a small chance to quickly re-utilize its resources and community power: the Health Economy. As you might have understood from our article on David's new book The Health Economy, his approach could be the most tangible and progressive culture change opportunity in a generation or since the Great Depression. Buy the book now for $10 on our donation page, and all the proceeds go to Culture Change.

The Natural Laws of Collapse
by Adam D. Sacks   
Image That birds fly and pigs don't is a consequence of laws of nature governing physics and biology. Nothing that transpires on physical planet Earth is any different: the laws of nature are inviolate. Always. [1]

This is a truism, and should be readily apparent, as it indeed often is in indigenous cultures where people are entirely dependent on natural forces and what is close at hand.

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