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We’re In a Slow Motion Collapse, TAKE Advantage of the Time Available

Our economic and political system is in collapse and there’s no way to fix it from inside the system.

It’s a systemic crisis.   The systems we rely upon aren’t viable.

They haven’t been for a long time.  Every year we are worse off than the year before.

A political fix, switch, or reform isn’t going to do the job.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we didn’t see a wholesale collapse in 2008.  When people lost faith in the financial sector.  What prevented it?  At first, it was the US government’s ongoing bailout of the financial sector’s gambling debts.

Since then, it has been the ability of the US government to spend enough to keep 41% of the economy afloat.

 

As long as the US government continues to borrow at those levels, we’ll avoid a sudden economic collapse like Greece and Spain.

However, this spending won’t fix the system.  Far from it.  We’ll still be in a slow and steady collapse.

Why do I think this is good news?  Two reasons.

Firstly, many people are finally waking up to the fact that the old system isn’t viable anymore, and we need to create a new one.  A system that actually produces a real opportunity to pursue happiness and not the illusion of one.

Secondly, this creeping crisis hasn’t consumed all of our resources yet.  We’ve been damaged, sure.  But we still have the flexibility to make some strides towards something new.  Something we can have a say in building.

So, let’s TAKE advantage of the time and resources we still have available as well as the growing number of people out there willing to join us.

Let’s RECAST our future and build something better.  Something local, something viable, something that actually makes sense.

Everything we need is right in front of us.  So let’s experiment, prototype, and invent.

Don’t be afraid to try new things.  We need to be bold.   The future expects nothing less from us.

Remember, the future is local.    

We can network for the rest.

 

Resiliently Yours,

 

JOHN ROBB

 

PS.  What is a systemic crisis so bad and why can’t it be fixed from the inside?  A systemic crisis is like a terminal brain tumor.  Fixing it from the inside would be akin to doing the brain surgery to remove it… on your own brain.  It just isn’t possible.

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  • SG in Virginia

    It is too bad our leadership can’t admit to the this plain truth. We need more leaders like you. John Robb for President! Oh wait, it can’t be fixed from within….
    SG ’85

    • And what do you expect the leaders to admit, that they f**ked things up horribly? That they should pack up and go home to the last man?

      The good news is, they’ll simply have to go, sooner or later. The bad news is, they’ll cling to their wealth and power sources until the last possible moment, doing untold damage in the process.

  • John,

    I’ve been aware of your work for a while, primarily through Polizeros.com. Unlike Bob, I am not optimistic for the future of the current system, but I’m more optimistic for what comes after. I live in southern Utah, which just might be the most prepared place in the country.

    My time in Sri Lanka over the course of 17 years showed me what a democracy in a tailspin looks like. The political polarization and rollback in constitutional rights that we have been witnessing in the U.S. looks frighteningly similar. And as an accountant, I can’t see the increasing national debt (currently 6.8 times annual income) and skyrocketing money supply (M2 is up 112% over the past 12 years compared with 25% GDP growth – I can’t even find stats on M4) without quaking inside.

    Over the past 8 years, I’ve relocated from (unresilient) Los Angeles to a small town in southern Utah, started a business producing artisan cheese, and joined a growing network of local food producers who sell or trade for what we need. (Yes, we still pay a lot of bills by check.) I am not yet energy self-sufficient, but getting there – about 50% thanks to solar electric, solar hot water, a wood stove, and a wood-fired boiler. And I’m stocking up on things that we are likely to need if the flow of cheap oil stops and the trucks cease rolling. One thing I expect to be useful as currency, at least in our neck of the woods, is ammunition, into which some of our savings are deposited.

    I thank you for putting up this site, which is both timely and realistic. While I appreciate news about the health of the system (or lack of it), I also applaud specifics like yesterday’s post on solar hot water. (My design is based on builditsolar.com) I wonder if there’s room for “how to” discussions, so that those of us preparing can share ideas?

    Again, thanks for your excellent work!

    D.J. Mitchell
    Jackrabbit Ranch

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