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Time's Up!: An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis

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"I think we are beginning to see mounting awareness of the gravity and scope of the crisis afflicting life on earth. Keith's Time's Up is a huge contribution to understanding the extremity of our situation and providing ideas for facing up to ending a fundamentally false and devouring technoculture."--John Zerzan, author of Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization, Twilight of the Machines, and others



"I have read no clearer exposition of the interconnectivity of life. Nor have I come across a more reasoned explanation for our selfishness. If you read it, and I exhort you to read it, you will see that there is no other solution but the wholesale deconstruction of industrial society."--Jon Hughes, Fourth World Review



"Keith Farnish has it right: time has practically run out, and the 'system' is the problem"--Professor James Hansen, Columbia University



"In Time's Up! Keith Farnish has taken that [late night conversation] process a step further and crafted the raw material of these intense, personal polemics into a thorough and well-argued book."--Dan Grace, Resurgence Magazine



This is the book I wanted to read. Monbiot and Lynas are good but they don't go far enough. [Time's Up] is diagnostic and remedial not just at the level of behaviour but at the level of impulse. It's the most subversive book I've ever read.... It's also unexpectedly entertaining and a page turner."--Ana Salote, author of Tree Talk



"Keith's book is a progress report from one man's search for ... meaning [in the context of the] unfolding drama of wrenching change.... I encourage you to join efforts with him, and to work on discovering a future in which you and your children might find a place."--Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse

About the Author

Keith Farnish is an environmental writer, philosopher, and activist. He founded The Earth Blog, and writes the Unsuitablog. He is also a guest author on the Sietch Blog.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd. (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190032248X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322485
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Farnish's little diagnosis and manual will help organize one's thoughts on the why and how of the coming collapse. It is simple, contains much needed facts, and some very not-needed musings.

The first part is a great scale-based breakdown of the web of life, from viruses to trees. This web is shown to change as the global climate changes. We're changing it, he says, and this kills, sickens, and endangers us. Everything here he furnishes with evidence magnificently.

Part three's last chapter, to the end (part four), was an excellent primer on how to start thinking about the future. He includes ten ways that we are being disconnected from natural reality, by industrial civilization. Then he provides some fourteen or so ways to practically combat this and live an alternative life to the industrial modern norm. For my own uses as a writer (lincolnjfinch.tumblr.com), the part about undermining the "Tools of Disconnection" was quite helpful. I simplified and modified it to four steps: "Reveal the deceit and corruption happening *now*, show how this culture not only rewards and punishes the completely wrong things but excludes too much, compare this culture with better ones, and offer practical options."

With all this said, there was a stretch in the middle, from the last chapter of part one, to the last chapter of part three, where it is of mixed quality. There is some great cultural critique, and again the references and notes pile up just as before. But it is also interspersed with some very disappointing attacks on an essential part of the humanities, philosophy, namely in pg. 101 he says he "gave up reading philosophy." Basically because he considers it navel-gazing. Then in the very next page he does philosophy about happiness and cites a philosopher himself.
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The subject matter with which Farnish concerns himself is important and his ideas are worth readers' consideration, but his prose is atrocious. Few of his sentences would escape the red pen of a conscientious middle school English teacher. If your interests and worldview attract you to this book then you will probably be willing to excuse the writing, but it isn't likely to create many converts.
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Times Up! is a carefully documented narrative of collapses in nature caused by disastrous interventions caused by human beings not aware of the importance of keeping ecosystems balanced. Moreover it provides a radical solution to our predicament, unthinkable to those in power. It is not just a book with warnings, it's also a book with answers

A compelling book you start reading and can't stop. Just like Jim Lovelock, an iconic figure in British science, Keith Farnish's warnings target mismanagement of Earth's resources and the lack of understanding of the dramatic changes happening to the environment of the planet. The earth as we know it is vanishing. It is moving inexorably to a new degraded state. The idea that we can "save the planet" by reducing carbon emissions is only one action among a coordinated set of attitudes to be adopted immediately.

As members of a technologically advanced society we bear a special obligation towards protecting the natural environment and raising ecological awareness. On a global level we must adopt a prophetic and redemptive voice towards the end of a cycle that's doomed to affect us globally as we already bear witness to it. The many ecological initiatives from around the world are just a uncoordinated effort so far in order to address growing environmental concerns affecting the environment.

Keith Farnish points out very accurately "if we...include unpredictable factors like the incidence of catastrophic flooding and storms, the outbreak of war or civil unrest, the sudden unavailability of energy supplies that feed every system in Industrial Civilization, or any other factor that can increase the sensitivity of a population, and you can be hurtling straight into the drop zone quicker than you can say, 'I want to get off '.
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We are at war. One vital tactic in fighting it is to understand our opponents; as the sage adage goes, "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer." Think I'm kidding? None other than Professor James Hansen who uses his positions with NASA and Columbia University to promote the most extreme Global Warming/Climate Change views promotes this book in Amazon's Product Review. Ponder that as you peruse the following excerpts from the online version of this manifesto (url at end):

Page 229-230
"(H)ow do you decide whether (sabotage) the right thing to do?... (T)he reward is the extent to which Industrial Civilization and its ability to desecrate the Earth, has been weakened. When it comes to Risk, you must go into things with a clear mind - you may have a rabid hatred for some part of the system, but you still need to take responsibility for your actions: will anyone die or be seriously harmed as a direct result of what you do, and are you prepared to take on the responsibility for the harm you may cause?... If you do encounter difficult choices... reward can play a part.

Reward is a measure of the net improvement in the long-term survival of humanity... Few, if any, people are qualified to judge whether an act of sabotage has sufficient reward to justify a high degree of collateral damage; the best advice I can give is that for all acts of sabotage - large or small, morally-complex or not - always abide by Rule One: Ask yourself, "Is it worth it?"

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"(T)he greatest immediate risk to the population living in the conditions created by Industrial Civilization is the population itself... That is one reason for there to be fewer people.
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