Although some call him alarmist, Mr. James Howard Kunstler at least reverences the Goddess Gaia and the Gaia Hypothesis. Mr. K. feels the Goddess is set to rough us up a bit:
[In] response to unprecedented habitat destruction by humans and invasion of the wilderness, the Earth itself seems to be sending forth new and much more lethal diseases, as though it has a kind of protective immune system with antibody-like agents aimed with remarkable precision at the source of the problem: Homo Sapiens.Kinda cheery, isn't it? Well, at least the last part.
[Without] cheap oil, auto-dependent suburbs and big cities will collapse, along with industry and mechanized agriculture; serfdom and horse-drawn carts will stage a comeback; hunger will cause massive "die-back"; otherwise "impotent" governments will engineer "designer viruses" to cull the surplus population; and Asian pirates will plunder California.... A "dazed and crippled America," he hopes, will regroup around walkable, human-scale towns; organic local economies of small farmers and tradesmen will replace an alienating corporate globalism....
More reviews of Mr. K's 2005 The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century are HERE.
thnx to jimpetr for the fine foto