An attempt to show a positive future for America—only partially successful, but nonetheless thought-provoking, especially as regards the benefits of technology. Which way, Western man—traditionalism, or futurism? (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here: https://theworthyhouse.com/2021/01/01/retrotopia-john-michael-greer/)
This and all Worthy House narrations are offered with accurate closed captions (not auto-generated).
"What will the future look like? Not much like our stupid present, certainly, but complaining about the present is easy, while offering a coherent positive vision of the future is hard—especially given the degradation of our present. Yes, the Age of Ideology is over, though its zombie corpse may stumble through the brambles of reality for a few more years, until someone shoots it in the head. But what will replace it will be an organic thing, its exact form hard to predict. In Retrotopia, John Michael Greer narrates an optimistic vision of a renewed America, or part of America. It’s fiction, but it inspires a variety of thoughts, among them a topic of great importance to both Greer and me: is technological progress the enemy of tomorrow’s human flourishing, or its ground?" . . .