Announcing the Mountain Top School

It is February the First, Two Thousand Eight in the Common Era. A few weeks ago I mentioned Miranda and I would be announcing a venture soon. As promised, we are prepared to go public.

The Mountain Top School is the first step in a venture to create a model of luxurious, sustainable living. Luxurious in the sense that, taken as a whole, the way of life will be preferable to what modern civilization can offer. Sustainable in the sense that, unless our environment changes dramatically, we could continue on forever, in obvious contrast to modern civilization. The Mountain Top School will function as a way to train others in necessary skills, earn the money necessary to push the venture further, and to recruit new members. As the Mountain Top School develops the skills and knowledge our new, post-industrial society will base its livelihood on, the school will be increasingly overshadowed by the larger development of a new way of life. One that will provide for its membership all of the necessities of life, a level of luxury, social support, freedom, education, security, and more.

Currently our modern society is ill-equipped to handle the problems leading up to the Collapse. Indeed, this is why modern civilization will collapse. If such a society cannot handle the problems that caused it to collapse, it certainly cannot handle the aftermath of that collapse. In order to survive the collapse of modern civilization, and also to go beyond it in a favorable way, we need not only a new set of skills but a new kind of society. And in the final analysis, the only way to create a new society is to create it with a group of dedicated, like-minded people. Until you reach that point all the planning, figuring, and thinking in the world is only so much intellectual masturbation. And so, here begins the great project of our time. Our revolution. Our hope. Our future. Mountain Top School.

– Benjamin Shender



  1. forestheart said,

    February 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    this sounds exciting. more of us need to be working on things like this. best wishes!

  2. Lindsay said,

    February 25, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Good for you! I really hope we will have some sort of sustainable community or just our own homestead started up within the next couple of years (if it’s not too late…)

  3. March 6, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I am interested to hear more about how your venture continues. How familiar are you with the works of Daniel Quinn?

  4. Aftermath said,

    March 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm


    Should have a couple years at least. Best projections call for things getting kind of dicey relatively soon, but real catastrophe is probably at least a decade away. I hope…..


    Very familiar. I’ve read the majority of his writings and listened to him talk a few times, although he is a awful public speaker. I’m also familiar with many writers, geologists, geographers, philosophers, activists, etc. who have relevant information to add to the discourse. I’ve found that the important thing is to weed out the chaff from the substance, and to be able to accept a good idea even from people you largely disagree with.

    – Benjamin Shender

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