Visiting Chicago

I will be speaking in Rockford, Illinois the afternoon of Monday, 27 September as part of International Bioenergy Days 2010. Details are here. But this brief post is not about my conference presentation. It’s about my visit to Chicago. As long as I’m flying in and out of Chicago, I would like to interact with …

The risks of fiddling

American Empire provides bread, circuses, and all the toys we (think we) need, stolen from other countries and future generations. I can understand why people are reluctant to abandon the empire. In exchange for inhabiting a cubicle, you get to harvest the fruits of empire while avoiding any steps toward self reliance. You get to …

Dan Treecraft has the last word on his affliction

Regular reader and some-time commenter Dan Treecraft filled most of the front page in yesterday’s edition of the Spokesman-Review, the local morning daily in his home city of Spokane, Washington. The article is sure to stir some commentary, consistent with Dan’s approach to life. Read the story here. Dan has been busy writing. You can …

Economic and environmental consequences of expensive oil

What are the causes and consequences of expensive oil? The first question is posed in this article, and answered surprisingly well by a neoclassical economist. He understands the relationship between the price of oil and economic growth, and he hints at constrained supply while also expressing irrational exuberance about continued economic growth. As an economist, …

Life and Love after Collapse

This guest post is authored by John Rember _____________________________________ 1. I know how to harness a horse to a plow. I know how to do rudimentary blacksmithing and welding, pack a horse, shoe the same horse, and use a crosscut saw and broadaxe. I can fall a big tree in a desired direction, wind permitting. …

Liberal education in a neocon nation

What does it mean to teach liberally? The obvious answer, which might even be correct, is found in the dictionary, where we find that liberal means “broad-minded” (among other things). I agree with the dictionary but I don’t think it goes nearly far enough. For me, liberal teaching means putting everything I know, and everything …

Strike one … you’re out?

Bad Company’s Shooting Star blares over the PA system. Don’t you know, yeah, yeah The hour is late as the game enters the top of the ninth inning. The home team has held the Industrialists scoreless, and leads by a single run. If the Industrialists score, the home team will bring out the bats. Don’t …