The concept of 'resilience' (Holling 2001, Walker and Salt 2006) has been appropriated by forces determined to pull it into the gravitational influence of industrial society on a globalised scale. Instead of helping us rebound into configurations of successful models of living after disturbance, we are now seeing 'resilience' being used to justify the ongoing … Continue reading The Perversion of Resilience and Regenerating Degeneration.
I have finally figured out why people actually want climate calescence (the great warming) to happen. There is an urge within many of us to want a form of Armageddon to purge all our failings and for everything to start all over again. Our lives have become so full of difficulty that incremental change for … Continue reading Escaping from Escapism
Dominance by powerful vested interests has also become characteristic of what is called democracy. Rule by the people (demos) has become corrupted by rule (kratos) by the powerful (oligarchy or plutocracy). It’s worse than that; Capitalism is now run by what can be technically called corruption. Corporations and oligarchs (authoritarians) use their power and influence … Continue reading Corrumpalism
Exiting The Anthropocene It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth's history appropriately named 'The Anthropocene' (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000). The name is derived from the observed human influence and indeed dominance of all climatic, biophysical and evolutionary processes occurring at a planetary scale. The issue is not … Continue reading Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene.
Sumbiocracy Democracy is, by definition, anthropocentric, and capable only of partial answers to human-biased questions concerning the body politic. That human bias is now revealed as its greatest weakness as the multiple crises enveloping the planet require global answers that must incorporate non-human life in all of its forms. In addition to that fundamental flaw, … Continue reading Sumbiocracy