Club Orlov

13 Sep 2010

If you want to get an idea of how things go during the collapse of a state—at least, when it doesn’t fall into complete anarchy and civil war—check out Dmitry Orlov’s quirky book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects.

He doesn’t post much on his blog, Club Orlov, but what he has to say is usually interesting.

Also, his funny 2009 talk to The Long Now Foundation, “Social Collapse Best Practices”, gives a good overview of what he has to say. I blogged before about one his recommendations: that each of us should go get a donkey.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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