The Archdruid (he really does seem to be the hierophant of some minor religion but you wouldn’t know it from the way he writes) actually seems headed toward some constructive ideas this week rather than just doomsterizing, which he is very good at. Along the way, he presents about the most cogent case for radical localization that I’ve seen.
I still don’t buy it. A radical globalization component is also needed, difficult though it may be. In the end our problems are so tightly coupled that there is only one problem: can we learn how to have a modern civilized society that can be sustained, or not? Without a global governance layer, I think not. Without functioning feedback loops from the local to the global, I can’t see how the local scheme can add up to anything but collapse. The floaty part of the boat can’t float if the sinky part is sinking, and that’s all there is to it.
But it’s good stuff, very much worth a read anyway.