Brief things for you, and an open "ask me anything"
I have just recently learned of your work, I heard the interview on rune soup and felt compelled to reach out. I don’t engage with people online much anymore but I wanted to say thank you for writing this new book. I think many of us who are not online that much really appreciate it and you for writing it. I look forward to getting a copy soon.
Q: Briefly, what does the near future (10 years or so) look like to you globally and locally? Predictive, not aspirational.
Q: Do you have strong feelings about male circumcision? As a fellow American, you know that the "default" in the states is to circumcise males at birth, but I've heard a strong and growing pushback about it in recent years.
Q: Do you think monogamy is the "normal" or "default" state of human relationships? Do you think "traditional marriage," and monogamy in general, (whatever that term means to you) is compatible with modernity, and regardless of your answer, is that a good or bad thing?
Q: Favorite meat? Favorite veg?
Q: Length or girth?
Rumor has it you aren't crazy about capitalism. 1) How would you (briefly) describe your alternative ideal-but-realistic economic system? Or is the answer to buy your book? ;)
2) What are you feelings about Distributism, a la Chesterton/Belloc? It's a popular alternative in my (loosely) conservative Catholic circles, although no one can really point to any examples of it being put into practice on more than a small scale. To be fair, it's hard to find any examples of larger scale economic systems these days where there isn't a tendency for all the resources to be consolidated in the hands of the few.
Rhyd I just started watching the interview and your metaphor of standing in the same place then finding the map has been redrawn is spot-on. I remember when I first realised that what I personally do doesn't stop culture shift: it was when digital photography came in and I was like, well, I'll just stick with film. Then over time all the films I liked to use disappeared one by one, then finally the labs closed. Then everyone's idea of what a photo is, and what it means to take one, and ideas around ethics and consent, morphed more and more until I was like- I don't want to be a photographer any more. It means something different now.
I noticed the same thing at the start of the Pandemic. Previously people had called me a nihilist and an extremist and suchlike (for wanting to discuss politics and the end of the world an so on), then when they got rabbit-holed, they were calling me a shill for the Man (for wanting to discuss politics and the end of the world, but not in their terms), and I was like- I'm still standing in the exact same place. It's you who have moved.
Q.: How are your dreams these days? (I mean literal sleep dreams.)
What would you have answered to Matt Walsh’s “What is a woman?”
You follow Charles Eisenstein as well, right? Recently (and also previously) Charles has stated that he believes that nothing but a collective choice will save us (humanity) from ever encroaching alienation by technology and attendant ecocide. However, I'm with JMG and others, as I'm pretty sure that the end of cheap oil will mean the end of industrialisation as we know it. And I can't imagine how this level of alienation or ecocide can continue without industrialisation.
I'd be curious what you think? I know that you conside things from materialist and spiritual perspectives.