I was too dismissive in that last post, as readers have said. John Michael Greer remains a highly astute and valuable analyst of ecology, as well as a source of good advice about how to plan for your personal adaptation to likely future events.
As a student of politics and society, I believe he has much work to do, and I would suggest that it is wise to take what he says about the social dimension of existing societies with extreme caution.
I also think it’s interesting that Greer thinks his theory that no power elite exists in the United States is a source of hope. The obvious follow-up question is what makes him think Americans will ever choose anything different, if everything we have has been freely and co-equally chosen all along? Cultures don’t make spontaneous leaps.
Personally, I think it’s not only simple realism to observe that we have been massively dominated by institutions owned by our elite, but the existence of this domination offers far more hope than does Greer’s mainstream consensus view of our history. Power structures and political policies are a lot easier to change than the way everybody thinks about the world (whatever that is).