Here's the thread to post your thoughts on this week's reading. "Thoughts" can mean a multitude of things: impressions, questions, summaries, comments, critiques, reactions, comparisons, refutations, etc. The discussion session itself will take place July 11-12, but this will be the "active" thread for our reading group from now until July 13, when Week Two starts.
If you're having trouble focusing on the reading or can't easily digest what you read, here are some core concepts and questions you can try thinking about while or after you finish the first two chapters. The page numbers referenced are for the plain PDF format of the text available from the Anarchist Library version.
- revolution vs collapse
- social movement
- ghost acreage
- birth control / death control / food supply
- Gaia Theory / complexity
- Late Victorian Holocausts
- Why does the author say "the world will not be saved"? (p. 6)
- How has anarchism contributed to the "religious myths" the author mentions? (p. 7)
- Why does the author bring up three tendencies of the climate change movement, and how do they feel about them? (p. 10-11)
- What alternatives does the author pose to the "global future" worldview? (p. 11)
- How is James Lovelock relevant to the author's points in this chapter? (p. 12)
- What does the author mean by contrasting "millennial apocalypse" with "accelerating change"? (p. 15)
- Even if technology is able to maintain food supply with population growth, why is this not a sufficient solution according to the author? What does the author mean by "freedom supply"? (p. 16)
- What problems does the author describe even if fossil fuels were not to run out? (p. 17)
Obviously there's no expectation that everyone will engage with these concepts or questions in the reading: they're just here for whomever would like to take advantage of it, especially to refresh re-readers or assist those who want to follow along but may not be able to read every word of every chapter. I don't want people to think of this endeavor as homework, and feel free to share your own questions/answers/concepts for each chapter that you read.