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After Progress


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One: The Sound of the Gravediggers Two: The Shape of Time Three: The Rock by Lake Silvaplana Four: An Improbable Absence of Bellybones Five: The God with the Monkeywrench Six: The Far Side of Progress Seven: Life Preservers for Mermaids Eight: Religion Resurgent Nine: At the Closing of an Age

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Features offered to Orion, E The Environmental Magazine, CrossCurrents, Sojourners Excerpts offered to Resurgence, Utne, Mother Jones as well as a range of publications focused on the environment, religion and cultural movements Promoted through the author's widely read blog The Archdruid Report Promoted to academic conferences such as the Library of Social Science Galley available on Edelweiss Simultaneous Ebook release and promotion

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John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned futurist whose blog, The Archdruid Report, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the fate of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including Green Wizardry and The Long Descent. As well as being a certified Master Conserver and devoted organic gardener, Greer continues to practice a myriad of skills culled from the appropriate tech movement. He has been active in contemporary nature spirituality for more than 25 years.


After Progress is a bracing introduction to John Michael Greer's big-picture thinking grounded in an all-too-rare knowledge of history, ecology, and evolution. Environmentalists and social activists will need to take courage in facing the raw realities that Greer reveals. But on the other side of grief comes gratitude for the chance to re-shape our activism in ways that might actually count. --- Michael Dowd, author, Thank God for Evolution and host, 'The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness' It would be nice if there were a detox center for bad ideas; you know, the kind where you pay a year's living wage for a week at a posh spa, replete with infinity pool, gestalt therapy and the off-chance of a celebrity roommate? Until then, After Progress may have to do. It is everyman's self-help guide to unlearn just about every bad thing we like to teach our children but really shouldn't. ---Albert Bates, author, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and The Biochar Solution Greer's extremely insightful After Progress takes the reader above the fray, and gives a bird's-eye-view of the civic religions that have tunneled throughout societies. It will be difficult for the reader to return from that view and fail to recognize our own civic religion, as well as the course it's paving for itself. --- Steven Dillon, author, The Case for Polytheism After Progress is a solid and necessary look at our Western belief in the inevitability of progress and why we need to adjust to the reality of a finite world. It's a thought-provoking book and provides a cautionary tale about human illusions of domination over nature and scientific rescue from our excessive consumption of natural resources that we ignore at our peril. ---Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author, Living in the Shadow of the Cross Our society's worship of the idea of progress constitutes a formidable roadblock to successful adaptation to what our climate-changed, resource-depleted future has in store. John Michael Greer doesn't just identify that roadblock--he dynamites and bulldozes it, using his characteristically sharp wit and expansive knowledge of cultural history. ---Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth and Afterburn After Progress invites us to challenge every assumption we have about the Western obsession with perpetual growth and its driving myth of progress. John Michael Greer writes with a wit and clarity that masterfully unpicks the historical and psychological complexities of our political and social landscape, exposing the dangerous blind-spots of our collective perceptions and challenging us to step beyond them. ---Philip Carr-Gomm, author, Druid Mysteries, The Druid Way and Sacred Places. People say John Michael Greer is incredibly smart and that he really knows a lot; some even say he's outrageous -- uh, excuse me, provocative and bold. But we're in extreme trouble and maybe we need extreme statements to wake us up. I would say that in After Progress, Greer lives up to his reputation. You want provocative and bold? It's here. ---Cecile Andrews, author, Living Room Revolution, and Less Is More, Slow Is Beautiful, Circle of Simplicity

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