The process of eliminating essential services from local towns and villages, requiring increases in the need for travel and transport, energy and time, along with a loss of social capital, self-reliance, presence and morale. Examples: the centralisation of hospitals, schools, police, magistrates courts and probation services; the closing down of post offices, shops, pubs and abattoirs; and prohibitions preventing skilled craftsmen from recruiting apprentices by imposing health and safety regulations beyond the means of a small rural business.

These developments—persistent symptoms of capture and concentration—reduce ever-further localities’ preparedness for localisation and the Wheel of Life. They also destroy the sense of there being any place to which local people belong, or for which they can make any decisions, or bear any responsibility. The French philosopher Simone Weil called this “uproootedness”, and wrote that it is “by far the most dangerous malady to which human societies are exposed. . . . To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognised need of the human soul”.D12


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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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