Forgetting and Recollection: A Preface to Apocalypse Of The Barbarians

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The background chatter is becoming increasingly loud and shockingly candid: America is facing a terminal crisis, a singular and perfect turning in its short history. Of course we can try to ignore all the talk or console ourselves with the belief that our culture, our way of life, could not fail to surmount such a challenge.  And many feel that history emphatically validates this belief as they examine the record of the past.  Yet the eventuality of this “long emergency” – as one fellow pilgrim has called it – will not be averted.

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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10 Responses to Forgetting and Recollection: A Preface to Apocalypse Of The Barbarians

  1. John Bollig says:

    With the fall of the oil based
    world order, we will all pay a heavy price for our failure to develop survival skills. That is why we must be able to create an alternative plan for our society. I see a reversion to feudalism as people trade freedom for security and land to grow food. We may have no choice but to shut down society as we know it. The political leaders are not telling us the truth about our future.

  2. Brad Davis says:

    Extraordinarily prescient comment. I am reminded of some of the comments of Pirsig re: quality (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) in (nearly) prehistorical “civilizations.” That is one definition of what has been forgotten.

    Is there a source for your book that doesn’t require Kindle? When I read, I make notes, I’ve never sold a book for that and I prefer the hard copy – I am trying to avoid Kindle altogether.

    Oh, I’m curious as to your last comment to John Bollig above, re: Medieval Europe. The feudal society seems like a likely model – certainly not preferred – seems unlikely we will get to the general acceptance of “Quality” or anything like it.

  3. John Bollig says:

    I don’t think that traditional european feudalism will reformulate per aee, however the looming collapse of state authority leaves little option in many parts of the world.

    • kulturcritic says:

      John – so do you not believe there could be more cooperative, more egalitarian-type groupings crop-up based upon extended blood relations and affinity-based friendships? Perhaps, it is not possible given the entrenched nature of hierarchy and submissiveness ground deep into our collective citizen psyches.

      • John Bollig says:

        Like in the Long Emergency and The Road, I don’t see much hope for a equity based system of state control. I see a society in chaos. Perhaps only a strong central authority is the only way to go, given the collapse ongoing in our oil based civilization. I am a follower of the Long Emergency path of collapse. Economically, we are bankrupt, politically we are unable to function effectively and educationally we are failing. Family based groupings will only work if you have land, enough able bodied people to run the farm and you have the expertise to run the farm and lastly, the draft animals and livestock to raise for food and byproducts.

        I can’t honestly see many urban populations with the combinations of skills to run a farm. Lucky for myself, I live in a very rural area with good soil, access to animals and the ability to buy land at a reasonable price. I just don’t see the average suburban resident of any major city in North America being able to transition to a survival based local economic system. The skill set just is not there.

  4. kulturcritic says:

    John and Brad – since both of you are commenting on this intro page to my full article, I am not sure either of you have seen the full article. Please click on the link below to read the article in its entirety. BTW, John I agree with your view above.

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