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Minimize violence: Prepare for collapse and "new" culture
by Jan Lundberg   
Staking out Culture Change's role: nonviolence and understanding collapse

In reflecting why a reader and supporter of Culture Change should contribute toward our urgent request for $1,500 (printing copies of my new book, paying February rent, phone service, train tickets, replacing old computer case, food), I thought to emphasize what has sprouted up lately. I believe we all share certain concerns relating to safety, survival and wrenching change. Our growing audience reflects this.

 
Listen to the Gary Null Show, NYC radio, with Jan Lundberg
by Jan Lundberg   
Interest is growing regarding collapse and the end of the U.S. empire. On The Gary Null Show on January 14th we discussed this as well as peak oil, climate, relocalizing economies, skills, resisting the system, conviviality, and the environmental movement. Listen or download at progressiveradionetwork.com

The show was live at 12:30 PM EST on WNYE-NPR (91.5 FM, NYC), WBAI-FM (99.5 FM, NYC, Pacifica Radio), and the Progressive Radio Network online

 
Fighting violence in politics and one's life
by Jan Lundberg   
This is a message of good news.

On January 12 the... [deletion of a legal reference, January 2013]

What we are fighting is a form of violence. When the elderly are abused... [deletion of a legal reference, January 2013] ... but it has broader implications.

 
Greeting the Fall of the Empire: a Message of Peace
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageSelf-editor's note: I have been lagging on offering criticism of two popular revolutionary authors who have included me their books. I finally did it, within a more important context. - JL

Please join me in greeting the fall of the U.S. Empire, a healthy way to begin this new year. It is a positive sentiment among some thoughtful Americans. Their ungiddy feeling flows from observation of world developments and the state of the U.S. political system and economy. The timetable is fuzzy, but trends are clear.

 
The Techno-Fantasies of Evo Morales: The Consequences of Modernization
by Chellis Glendinning   
ImageCochabamba, Bolivia

On 22 January 2006, newly inaugurated President Evo Morales made his exuberant procession through the streets of La Paz to join the throngs of supporters awaiting him in the Plaza de los Héroes. To the excited crowds, Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano announced that the historic event signaled “the end of fear.” Vice-president Álvaro Garcia Linera shouted that, in the new government, poor Bolivianos would be given equality at last.

 
Three Car-Free Ways of Existence to Choose from
by Jan Lundberg   
- RE-UPDATED - Art contest for depicting lifestyles DONE
We have the winners for our Lifestyles #1, #2 and #3 depicted for our Three Car-Free Ways of Existence. Joining Greg Jalbert's successful entries for #1 and #2 is Woody Barlettani for Lifestyle #3, the ecovillage hunter-gatherer. The winners received Jan Lundberg's new book
Songs of Petroleum.

#1: A bus rider in a big U.S. city trundles along on a polyester-petroleum covered metal or plastic seat,

 
Songs of Petroleum - Jan Lundberg's Autobiography
by Jan Lundberg   
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Our old home The Passat
[Note: as of early 2013 the book is out of print. A used copy may be obtained perhaps from Amazon.com or elsewhere.]

I'm happy to announce that my first book, my autobiography, is completed. You can order it now and receive it immediately via Amazon.com. A new e-book version is about to become available which supersedes the version released earlier in December.

Songs of Petroleum is about to get in-depth reviews. Enjoy the passages and photos below and read a brief description of the book by Albert Bates, author of the awesome new book The Biochar Solution.

 
Where the Cancún Climate Conference Leaves Us
by Jan Lundberg   
This commentary contains a recap of the new Agreements as well as these sections:
• Do your neighbors care?
• Witnesses, keep it real
• Oil reality
• Factor: indigenous people (includes Bolivia's dissent)

There is no reliable scientific assessment on just where we are vis-à-vis global climate destabilization. We can do better by acting on clear trends and options.

 
The “Stuff” of the American Energy Footprint
by Sarah (Steve) Mosko, PhD   
Image Americans today are generally aware that we consume far more energy per capita than most of the world’s peoples, over four times the world average and double that of regions like Japan and Europe which enjoy a similar standard of living. Most of us reflect on home gas and electric bills plus the fuel pumped into our cars’ gas tanks when judging our personal energy footprints.
 
Needed: A New Cultural Narrative
by Dan Hamburg   
ImageThe grave challenge of our time is not to reform the current system but to replace it. As our nation’s founders prescribed in the Declaration of Independence, when “any Form of Government becomes destructive” of the ends of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” it is not only our right, but our duty “to alter or to abolish it.”
 
Village Community and Nature: "It's no good" - Civilization
by Jan Lundberg   
Instead of extended family, human warmth, village society and closeness to nature, we lucky moderns have gone down a path strewn with material things increasingly designed for the junk heap. What is dawning on climate scientists, biologists and many more of us is that we as a species are headed for our own junk heap.

While I'm painfully aware of sea level rise, our bodies' contamination with plastic, falling sperm counts and profusion of cancers, I reject that our present path is our fate. Is it time to say "Screw civilization"?

 
Swallowing Up the Competition: Culture Disease with a Cure
by Jan Lundberg   
When Nestlé buys mineral water companies and mass markets the "product" in plastic, solely for fantastic profits, this trend cannot be reversed by laws. Laws against wrongdoing and greed at the top are hard to pass and harder to enforce. "Owning" watersheds was so foreign to the native Americans that the European invaders reaped an advantage we can call the warped mind disengaged from heart. Yet, in the long run, which culture is sustainable? Only one of them respects natural laws that, among a few other basics, revere water as the source of life for all.
 
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