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Why I'm Not Devastated

Why I’m not DevastatedActually I am a bit devastated, but not nearly as much as most people from my liberal neck of the woods, mainly because I am lucky enough to have stumbled, about eight years ago, into a world of political activism that lives beyond the current political divide.  Around 2:30 last night when I rolled over and emerged from my safe world of dreams, I made the mistake of rousing myself enough to check the results.  When I had gone to bed Trump was giving Clinton a scare, but…See More
Nov 9, 2016
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Earth Church is Not Cool

The HandholdersSuppose you were organizing a group intending to take political action on some pressing local issue, like new development projects in your neighborhood; or suppose you were running a meeting of the local Democratic, even Green, political party.  What would happen if you opened the meeting with Yoga stretches or mindfulness breathing, or suggested, at some point, that everyone circle up, hold hands, and sing a song?  You’d probably lose at least half your room at that very…See More
Oct 2, 2016
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Thoreau's Luxuries

Thoreau’s Luxuries: An Interlude- In times of difficulty, when I need to remember who I am and what I am about, I often turn to books and poetry.  From my bookshelf I feel my patron saints watching over me--or at least I feel the closest thing to that possible for one who subscribes to the natural supernaturalism of the Earth Church.  Sometimes its Wendell Berry or Wallace Stevens; other times its Hegel and Marx; sometimes I’m buoyed by some Adrienne Rich or uncle Walt, other times I find…See More
Sep 14, 2016
Erik Lindberg posted a blog post

Thoreau's Luxuries

Thoreau’s Luxuries: An Interlude- In times of difficulty, when I need to remember who I am and what I am about, I often turn to books and poetry.  From my bookshelf I feel my patron saints watching over me--or at least I feel the closest thing to that possible for one who subscribes to the natural supernaturalism of the Earth Church.  Sometimes its Wendell Berry or Wallace Stevens; other times its Hegel and Marx; sometimes I’m buoyed by some Adrienne Rich or uncle Walt, other times I find…See More
Sep 14, 2016
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On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is CreatedGood BehaviorThe ethos of the previous two installments of “On Surplus” might be summed up with a few lines from Thoreau: “The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior.  What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?” What demon indeed?I have emphasized in parts 1 and 2 the aspects of my life and the life of my family that sits on the…See More
Aug 24, 2016
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On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is CreatedGood BehaviorThe ethos of the previous two installments of “On Surplus” might be summed up with a few lines from Thoreau: “The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior.  What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?” What demon indeed?I have emphasized in parts 1 and 2 the aspects of my life and the life of my family that sits on the…See More
Aug 19, 2016
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In Defense of Difficult (and Why Hegel Matters)

A Defense of Difficulty From time to time readers complain that my essays and posts are too long and too difficult to follow.  They are long and difficult, I agree, but I do not agree that length and difficulty are a fault of the writer.  I would even suggest that readers have become lazy, expecting new and complex ideas to be delivered with the brevity and wit of a good twitter post (were such a thing to actually exist).I’m going to illustrate my point of view by describing my experience with…See More
Jul 30, 2016
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On Surplus Part II--What is Wealth?

Great Expectations I want to start with a couple of images. In late autumn of 1620, the Europeans we now celebrate as the Pilgrims stumbled on to shore near what is now Provincetown Massachusetts after over two months at sea.  Were it not for the additional stumbling that led to fresh burial mounds festooned with maize, the settlers would likely have starved to death right there and then.  But a little grave-robbing is always justified under extreme conditions.  Bellies filled, and seeds…See More
Jul 9, 2016
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Jun 5, 2016
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On Surplus-Part I

This is Part 1 of a 2 or 3 part series on the concept of surplus.  Surplus is one of the most central features of modern industrial and democratic societies.  In fact it is so central and its permanence so taken for granted that it is scarcely noticed and even less understood.  The following installations are my attempt to discuss several of its facets, for the slow disappearance of surpluses, I think,is the cause of great bewilderment.OvershootA few weeks ago I came home from work one day…See More
Jun 5, 2016
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Lived Crisis vs. Systemic Crisis: Notes on a "New Narrative"

A New Narrative?I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural narratives and, especially, the call for a new narrative that might guide modern society through a transition to a sustainable culture.  This narrative, we are told, needs to be compelling and, it is often emphasized, not too depressing or negative.  Be positive, keep it simple, lead with the good news and prospect of hope—and so the imperatives fly.There is some good advice, here, but some problems as well.  These problems might become…See More
May 22, 2016
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America's Story

Politics in the United States subsists on a single myth whose narrative is central to all positions, even most of the ones located at the fringe.[i]  This dominant political narrative pretends to be historically accurate, as if it explains where we have come from and where we can go from here.  But the explanation it offers is neither accurate nor helpful for our current predicaments.  There may have been a time in which the cheerleading the myth encourages and the unifying…See More
May 7, 2016
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Remembrance of Things Yet to Come

 Remembrance of Things Yet to Come: A Response to Ted TrainerI’m going to make divert slightly from my previously anticipated track to respond to Ted Trainer’s valuable critique of Leigh Phillip’s much-maligned celebration of ecomodernism, Austerity Ecology and the…See More
Apr 18, 2016
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Ecotheology, Limits, and Freedom

 Ecotheology, Limits, and Freedom. . . a limitless technology, dependent upon a limitless morality, which is to say upon no morality at all.  How did such a possibility become thinkable?                                                                                                                                --Wendell Berry Pope Francis’s critique of the technocratic paradigm in his Encyclical Letter, On Care for our Common Home, might also be thought of as a critique of a morality of…See More
Apr 7, 2016
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Pope Francis's Ecological Vision: A Sojourner's Guide to the Closed World

By Erik LindbergA Sojourner’s Guide to the Closed World This is fifth in a series on the future of freedom.  Previous installments might be found here: http://www.resilience.org/author-detail/1151776-erik-lindbergSuppose you lived on a finite planet—say a sphere or globe of some sort.   And imagine, further, that this planet was becoming crowded with humans, for whom it was becoming too hot to sustain life as they knew…See More
Feb 28, 2016

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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Member of transition Milwaukee and Shorewood. Planning committee for Great Milwaukee Memorial Day Victory Garden Blitz.
What skills, talents, and resources do you bring to the Transition movement?
Carpentry and urban farming. I also think I can do anything I set my mind to, or will at least kill myself trying!
Organizations you belong to that might collaborate with Transition
Community Growers, Inc.
The Victory Garden Intitiative

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Why I'm Not Devastated

Why I’m not Devastated

Actually I am a bit devastated, but not nearly as much as most people from my liberal neck of the woods, mainly because I am lucky enough to have stumbled, about eight years ago, into a world of political activism that lives beyond the current political divide.  Around 2:30 last night when I rolled over and emerged from my safe world of dreams, I made the mistake of rousing myself enough to check the results.  When I had gone to bed Trump was giving…

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Posted on November 9, 2016 at 4:30pm

Earth Church is Not Cool

The Handholders

Suppose you were organizing a group intending to take political action on some pressing local issue, like new development projects in your neighborhood; or suppose you were running a meeting of the local Democratic, even Green, political party.  What would happen if you opened the meeting with Yoga stretches or mindfulness breathing, or suggested, at some point, that everyone circle up, hold hands, and sing a song?  You’d…

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Posted on October 2, 2016 at 1:30pm

Thoreau's Luxuries

Thoreau’s Luxuries: An Interlude-

 

In times of difficulty, when I need to remember who I am and what I am about, I often turn to books and poetry.  From my bookshelf I feel my patron saints watching over me--or at least I feel the closest thing to that possible for one who subscribes to the natural supernaturalism of the Earth Church.  Sometimes its Wendell Berry or Wallace Stevens; other times its Hegel and Marx; sometimes I’m buoyed by some Adrienne Rich or uncle…

Continue

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:23pm

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

Good Behavior

The ethos of the previous two installments of “On Surplus” might be summed up with a few lines from Thoreau: “The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior.  What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”

 What demon indeed?

I have…

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Posted on August 19, 2016 at 5:00pm

In Defense of Difficult (and Why Hegel Matters)

A Defense of Difficulty 

From time to time readers complain that my essays and posts are too long and too difficult to follow.  They are long and difficult, I agree, but I do not agree that length and difficulty are a fault of the writer.  I would even suggest that readers have become lazy, expecting new and complex ideas to be delivered with the brevity and wit of a good twitter post (were such a thing to actually exist).

I’m going to illustrate my point of view by describing…

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Posted on July 30, 2016 at 5:11pm

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At 12:29pm on October 16, 2011, Sachin Thorat said…

Hi Eric,

thanks for the invite. I will try to attend that event

Sachin

At 12:20pm on March 13, 2011, Bradford Bender said…
Erik,
It was a pleasure for me to stumble upon that energy fair, and meet so many people who are trying to be a part of a solution to the problems facing our planet. Good planets are hard to find. I also met some enthusiastic farmers at the Urban Ecology house, and some gardeners at the "seed dating" event on Saturday. It was a very fun weekend for me and my daughter Becky who got to volunteer at Growing Power again. I will try to help organize another bus load of people from the U.P. to go down next year. A group of us are going to visit the energy fair in Custer the third weekend in June with the idea of getting an overview this year, and hoping to exhibit next year.

Good luck with your business.
At 8:03am on February 24, 2011, Christopher Haase said…
Just added event to main page:
Grand Opening of Solar Manufacturing Milwaukee Plant Monday - Join Us!
Wisconsin, Milwaukee and every major metro community screams we want jobs, manufacturing and renewable energy!
Well, we have it right here in Wisconsin.

Show your support by joining in at the grand opening of this cutting edge solar manufacturing plant in down town Milwaukee on Monday February 28th. Hope to see you there!

Details:
Helios Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Helios USA is open for business and building solar panels right here in Milwaukee Wisconsin and you're invited to their Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 3:30 PM.
At 7:33pm on January 27, 2011, Andrew Stephen DiMezza said…
Working on it! we showed up en mass to the last meeting and we're excited about everything.
At 3:10pm on January 25, 2011, Christopher Haase said…
Caught and enjoyed your "The case against (but also for) renewable energy" over at EnergyBulletin

RE: "Transition Milwaukee is the only game in town. If we don’t speak the truth about energy, no one else will." - Erik Lindberg

Nice post Mr. Lindberg, I would make the correction that not only was the industrial revolution powered by renewable energy in WI...Wisconsin still has powerful, profitable, privately funded programs that drive our economy.

While "Transition Milwaukee" is a nice concept the truth is that there are 100's of sustainable farming and community programs in Wisconsin (for decades)... Shoot me an email sometime and I will share with you what can actually make Wisconsin and even milwaukee actually sustainable beyond peak and all political smoke and mirrors.

Also what is the listserv you refer to? Can I get in on it?

Thanks,

Christopher Haase
At 1:52pm on November 5, 2009, Natalie Berland said…
Wow, this thing is hard to navigate... my email is natalie.berland@gmail.com. Talk to you soon!
At 3:06pm on August 8, 2009, Erik Lindberg said…
New Slogan: Move Ass, Grow Food
At 2:53pm on August 8, 2009, Joe Hill said…
I never got a link to your blog homey.

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