Boreal Citizen: Bagel on a string: Collapse and the case for simplicity

When we talk about complexity, resources and economic decline, it seems we’ve learned nothing from history. In his talk in Barcelona, [Joseph] Tainter gave the example of the Roman Empire during the 3rd century A.D. At that time the empire faced a serious military crisis: invasions of foreign peoples and internal civil wars. The crisis ...

Boreal Citizen: Is “Mom Culture” Hindering Homemaking?

It’s no secret that some homemaking activities–gardening, cooking and preserving food, building things from recycled materials, for example–are good for the planet. Households with at least one homemaker (or two part-time workers) are generally less resource-intensive, often requiring fewer vehicles and less driving time. A less harried lifestyle usually means more food cooked from scratch ...