Prosperous Descent

1 06 2015

Samuel Alexander

In the link below you can access the ‘introduction’ to Samuel Alexander’s new book, Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits.

For a full electronic copy of the book, the following link provides access to a pdf on a ‘pay what you want’ basis. While the suggested price is $10, if you are unable to pay, then the book can be accessed for free.

The paperback of the book is available here:

I have only just started reading this book, but I have to say I am most impressed with what I’ve seen so far, and this book should be mandatory reading.  So share widely, because it is high time everyone we know starts to understand exactly what is required of them if we are to have any sort of future…..  Yes, I know, a lot of your friends will ignore you as usual, but this book might well be your last attempt!

There is precious little available online about this book, but here is an audio file about another book of his I remember pushing here, Entropia.




3 responses

1 06 2015
Anthony William O'brien

Building a better society out of the ashes of our civilization is a rather optimistic projection. Not that we shouldn’t try, we must try. For the most likely outcome is a horror such as China from 1913 to 1927.

As much as you denounce the death toll of wars in the modern era, primitives were much more warlike and the percentage death toll higher.

You need to be remote, hidden and with like minded people. There will be marauding bands of the desperate, within your hidden community you need a place to be well hidden. It is easier to build a bunker now with an excavator, than to do it by hand later.

1 06 2015

In Samuel’s defence, He did write in this book:

“Before proceeding I should briefly anticipate an objection that will no doubt arise even from this preliminary overview. Let me be clear: the notion of ‘prosperous descent’ is not a prediction. I am not arguing that human beings are going to create a global village of thriving, sufficiency economies, nor do I even suggest that this is likely. And I am certainly not arguing that an unplanned, chaotic civilisational collapse into poverty is going to be prosperous’ (so please do not accuse me of that). My argument is simply that
economies of sufficiency, in which the entire community of life can flourish, are the only way to respond effectively to the overlapping crises of industrial civilisation. To oppose Margaret Thatcher with her own words: ‘there is no alternative’.”

1 06 2015
Anthony William O'brien

Absolutely agreed, there is no alternative. But be prepared for the bad

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