03 Aug 2016

Alex Steffen's "Night, Hoover Dam"

Years ago I came across a piece by a journalist named Alex Steffen called Night, Hoover Dam. It summed up a lot of feelings that I had about the “survivalist fallacy”, to the point where I even wrote a blog post about it back in May 2008.

It was originally hosted on a site called ‘Worldchanging.org’, an environmental website which apparently got acquired and subsequently killed in 2011. This is a shame, because there was a lot of good content there, and I can’t imagine it would have cost them much to keep it going. But thankfully, we have the Internet Archive, and so the piece itself wasn’t lost for good.

Here’s the archived version: https://web.archive.org/web/20160111223335/http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/001413.html

It’s still worth a read.

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