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Sarnia-born professor looks to future

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The world is racing towards a large-scale impending collapse, and if humans want to avoid a future filled with social, political and environmental catastrophe, they would do well to devolve and democratize society’s decision-making process, currently in the hands of a select few.

So said Sarnia-born author Kevin MacKay, during a presentation at the Sarnia Public Library on Thursday.

The Mohawk College sociology professor and union activist touched on a number of themes related to the collapse of industrial society and also the shifts needed to avert such a fate. Those subjects are covered in MacKay’s recently released book, Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse and the Crisis of Civilization.

Six years in the making, the book is a product of research, reading and conversations with experts in a variety of fields, as well as activists in several grassroots movements, MacKay said.

With a world that appears to be veering off course, he said Radical Transformation is a guidebook to understand why society seems to be becoming more chaotic. It’s also a book of solutions, he said, pointing the way to a better, more egalitarian and just future.

“My book deals with some discourse that’s emerged recently – there are people, very knowledgeable people, who are basically talking about the threat that our society could actually collapse, that our civilization is going to hit the wall,” he said. “There are a number of scientists and ecologists who have been saying that over the past several years, so my book is looking at this idea: are we in fact driving industrial civilization off a cliff? I explore the crises we’re facing, whether that’s in the ecological, political or economic areas. And then I end up looking at what we can do to change course.”

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