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Ran Prieur is an American blogger and permaculture advocate. Prieur is best known for his 2004 blog post, "How to Drop Out", where he detailed living on under $2000 a year and having no permanent residence. Prieur claimed to have homesteaded, squatted in a shed, and Dumpster diving food. Prieur has stated that he believed civilization was on the verge of collapse, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated its inevitability.
In 2007, Prieur was featured in Timothy S. Bennett's documentary, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, where he discussed the American lifestyle in the face of climate change and Overshoot (population), alongside author Daniel Quinn and and Richard Heinberg. In 2012, Prieur appeared as a guest on permaculturalist Paul Wheaton's podcast, Paul Wheaton.
Prieur has been described as a "radical ecological thinker" by Ugo Mattei, who cited his 2001 essay, "Civilization Will Eat Itself", as an illustrative argument on the potential for technology to create evil. In the essay, Prieur argues that technology narrows human interests into exploitation of the environment. Mattei compared Prieur's views to Ecosophy Derrick Jensen's argument that civilization was environmentally unsustainable.
In recent years, Prieur has reneged his views on rural homesteading, stating that "everyone that's tried it was unhappy and did too much driving." Prieur added addendums to "How to Drop Out" in 2008 and 2014, where he disavowed 'dropping out', although he still advocated for minimizing dependence on society.
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