Shaggy Man's Ramblings

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Shaggy Man's Ramblings: Essays by Leslie Evans

Here from The Shaggy Man's Place, everything from ecological crises and religious wars to Edwardian authors, the scandal plagued city of Vernon, early computer games, and local Los Angeles history.


International oil production has been frozen since 2005 while demand from our 7 billion and growing global population continues upward, forcing prices of oil, gasoline, and food ever higher. Our political leaders stake our future on a strategy of economic growth just as the planet is hitting its physical limits on nonrenewable resources, from oil to farmland to potable water. Here is a close look at what we really are up against ‰ÛÓ along with a review of the really bad experience with the Marxist alternative system.


Since the Enlightenment we have expected religion to fade away. Instead it has become central to the identity of millions, from the Christian Right to Jihadi Islam, with ominous consequences. The media treats each outbreak of violence by jihadi militants as a separate event. They are also part of a global Islamic awakening that began after World War II and aspires to world hegemony for Islam, as Christianity once did a thousand years ago. Here is a look at the aims of the most famous of the jihadi theorists, Egyptian martyr Sayyid Qutb, a survey of Islamic battles on a world scale, and a critique of those who underestimate this foe.

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Contents of Shaggy Man's Ramblings


Part 1. The Unfolding Ecological Crisis and Solutions Better Left Untried


The Threat of Agrarian Collapse
$4 Gas Is Only the Beginning
Anticapitalism, the Hyperstate, and the Current Crisis


Part 2. Militant Islam and the Left


Sayyid Qutb: The Karl Marx of the Islamic Revolution
The World Islamic Revolution
Christopher Hitchens and the Two Lefts
A French Philosopher Challenges Europe's Sympathy for Third World Despotisms

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Preface to Shaggy Man's Ramblings

The majority of these essays first appeared on my website, The Shaggy Mans Place ( All but one were written between 2006 and early 2012. Just over half are biographical sketches of people who interest me: Sayyid Qutb, the central theorist of jihadi Islam, polemicist Christopher Hitchens, George Bernard Shaw, and a group of figures prominent in Los Angeles history who lived or are buried in my turn-of-the-twentieth century West Adams neighborhood.


The collection traces several disparate themes, which is fitting for a ramble through time and place. I have divided the essays into six parts by topic. Part 1, The Unfolding Ecological Crisis and Solutions Better Left Untried, examines the risk of social collapse from pitting the ever increasing demand for food, oil, and other limited natural resources against the insatiable needs of a population speeding past the 7 billion mark and bent on closing in on European and American living standards.

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