here's a good article by John Michael Greer at Energy Bulletin today.
EnergyBulletin: The Glass Bead Game by John Michael Greer
When I proposed in last week’s Archdruid Report post that readers write science fiction stories about the crisis of industrial society, I wasn’t thinking of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke as a potential author. Still, a speech of his that made the New York Times a few days back suggests that he’s got a sufficiently wild imagination for the job.
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