Crux of The Blood of the Earth, or Pulp Nonfiction by John Michael Greer:

  • Apocalyptic prophesies become popular when the dominant cultural story no longer works to make sense of reality.
  • In Roman times that story was of how chaos was reduced to order, peace and prosperity under the paternal rule of a benevolent despot. In our times it is the story of progress.
  • Since progress no longer describes our reality, and since the alternative story of apocalypse is a bubble, we need to find a different story to make sense of our reality.
  • Many fantasy novels describe life in a declining empire, whose kings and sorcerers turns evil. This story matches our declining economy and financial institutions.