Correction on the talk at Macalester Friday the 13th of July - it's at 6 pm. Here is the information again:
I've been writing less lately because I've been preparing a trip to the
USA, my first one in three years, and posting will be light for the next
several weeks during our trip.
I'll be visiting family in Missouri in early July, and have been invited
to speak to Occupy St. Louis at 7 pm on July 4, at Legacy Books &
Cafe, off Delmar
& Union in the city.
Then The Girl and I journey to Minnesota to see old friends, and I will
be giving a lecture at Macalester College two nights in a row -- Friday,
July 13 at 6 pm, and Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm.
The lectures, held in the Weyerhauser Boardroom, will be on "O'Sterity:
How the Irish thrived in desperate times." The talks will focus on the
problems we face in the coming decades -- peak oil, climate change and
economic collapse, all summed up as the "Long Emergency" -- and how we
can deal with them using the skills and knowledge of traditional
Ireland, I point out, makes a good example: when my wife was growing up
here in the 1970s, it was poorer than many Third-World countries, and
not everyone had electricity or indoor plumbing. Yet statistics show
people were better-educated, safer, healthier and happier -- at least
from survey responses -- than Americans today. If we can piece apart
why, I argue, we can help Americans and other modern people thrive
during the difficult times ahead.
I've also been invited to speak on Andy Driscoll's "Truth to Tell" radio
programme at 9 a.m. on July 16. The programme can be heard in the Twin
If you're interested in peak oil, homesteading, ecology, distributism,
or any of the other subjects we talk about here, feel free to come, or
let your friends know.