My Name is Jeff Vail--I'm an author and attorney in Denver, Colorado.
My writing focuses on the problems facing our civilization as viewed through the lens of the structure and terrain of human interaction. Specifically:
- The Problem of Growth (the hierarchal nature of our civilization demands growth, and is therefore unsustainable).
- Hierarchy vs. Rhizome: the inefficiency of hierarchal coordination, and the potential for consciously scale-free, networked self-sufficiency ("Rhizome").
- The New Map: a critique of the notion that Nation-States will continue to dominate our world.
- The Diagonal Economy: my proposal for transition to a sustainable and fulfilling economic and political structure during the coming (and ongoing) catabolic collapse of our present structure.
I try to apply this theoretical framework to topics where I have specific experience from my current career as an attorney and my previous career as an intelligence officer and counterterrorism analyst: geopolitics, energy, law, and economics.
Readers may also want to purchase (or download for free) my book, A Theory of Power. Look for a second book (synthesizing the topics listed above) in the (relatively) near future. In the meanwhile, I try to post to this blog every Monday morning, and I contribute articles to The Oil Drum about once a month. Please feel free to contact me via email--I do my best to respond quickly, but I apologize in advance if it takes me a few days.
Sailing off Panarea, Italy:
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