x posting this since it's too long for the short form of g+:
just received my copy of the five stages of collapse: survivors toolkit by dmitry orlov. it's a great read so far, especially since even the first chapter cuts through most of the kindergarten-level stuff that anyone familiar with the topic can already recite by heart even after imbibing a large quantity of alcohol, and gets right into the nitty gritty of suggestions on how to weather collapse, even going so far as to provide real world examples.
I'm excited to see this sort of writing beginning to emerge from the repetitive screeds we're used to reading around the peak everything/collapse blog & book-o-sphere. i imagine that i'm not alone in finding myself wondering how exactly I'll stumble through the coming events (as well as those already occurring all around us), and it's heartening to read some concrete suggestions on what individuals and groups can do to collapse in style now, and avoid the rush (to awkwardly concatenate two quotes by orlov and greer).
I'd really love to hear about individual responses to collapse discussed on the c-realm. ideas on how to make societal breakdown less painful have certainly been presented, here and elsewhere, but there remains a dearth of individual voices speaking about how they're adapting in place. I think the c-realm would be a great place to do this, and would like to suggest having dmitry back on the podcast to explore this emerging and different aspect of the narrative. as an example, I would love to hear a c-realm interview with orlov that, rather than simply rehashing the bad news, focuses entirely on life aboard a boat.
i feel like this part of the conversation doesn't get enough airtime, both on the c-realm and elsewhere. the above mentioned interview could begin another recurring topic on the podcast - where individuals are asked to speak not just about the abstract matters of collapse, but how they're dealing with it themselves on an individual level. not all of us own a doomstead, tend a garden, live on a boat or even personally know someone who does.
i think this last bit, the fact that many people feel isolated, without any other individuals in their personal lives who understand peak oil and the collapse narrative, makes it all the more important that phenomena such as the c-realm create a place where personal, practical stories on adapting to collapse can be heard.
an exploration of the way people are collapsing today would go a long way toward helping others who have been atomized out of interpersonal and practical understanding to see how other people are coping, even thriving, on the way down hubbert's peak, which would in turn help them create a better situation for themselves. I think the c-realm would be the perfect place for this discussion.
Friends of the C-Realm
- x-post from g+ on orlov's new book and interview suggestion