The Systemic Era

15 Aug 2011 · 7 min read


Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times


We tend to divide up human history into relatively neat periods, and give them names like “The Agrarian Era,” “The Age of Industrialization” and “The Information Age.”

When I look at what's going on around me today and try to make sense of it, I am forced to draw the conclusion that we are deep into an as yet unnamed age that I would call “The Systemic Era.” What I mean by this is that we are now at a point where the human condition is much more influenced by vast social and economic systems of our own collective making than by any natural forces or conditions, or any individual actions we might take, or even any individual intentions we might have.

Reading Options

Practopian posts appear right here on, and are also cross-posted to Medium and to Substack. Please feel free to read and follow on your preferred site.