Collapse Is Very Difficult To Avoid

It has happened before and it will happen again. Time to be prepared.

Damn the Matrix

simonblackSubmitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, lifted from Zero Hedge

As any long-time reader of this column knows, we routinely draw from historical lessons to highlight that this time is not different.

Throughout the 18th century, for example, France was the greatest superpower in Europe, if not the world.  But they became complacent, believing that they had some sort of ‘divine right’ to reign supreme, and that they could be as fiscally irresponsible as they liked.  The French government spent money like drunken sailors; they had substantial welfare programs, free hospitals, and grand monuments. They held vast territories overseas, engaged in constant warfare, and even had their own intrusive intelligence service that spied on King and subject alike.

Of course, they couldn’t pay for any of this.

French budget deficits were out of control, and they resorted to going heavily into debt and rapidly debasing their currency.

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7 thoughts on “Collapse Is Very Difficult To Avoid

  1. narf77 says:

    I thik we need to know that “Collapse” isn’t a new thing. “Recession” is also NOT a new thing. They are cyclical and are a necessary part of the growth pattern of a society. Not many people know this (well normal people who don’t own businesses) but businesses have lifespans. They don’t just go on and on and on forever…same goes with societies, especially when they are living precariously and violently beyond their means. A mere 2 generations ago our great grandmothers lived without most of what we have today. They didn’t die from a lack of food or clothing because they made it themselves, they grew it and they bought the rest that they couldn’t produce from someone else who made it or grew it. Come the revolution an upswelling of primary production led by the organic farmers and other natural producers is going to be tantemount to our survival. What makes me so bewildered is that governments seem to completely disregard the fact that a society doesn’t need 99.9% (probably more) of what they are cramming down our throats…we need “food”; “water”; “Air”; “Shelter”; and “Clothing” and once we are able to garner a degree of all of these componants we can count ourselves incredibly blessed. I think we need to be lowering our expectations and raising our hopes and our energy and our efforts to spreading the word about how positive it is, how much hope comes from turning ourselves around and facing in the right direction whereby we grow, we care for, we love, we give, we STOP and we make do with what is left of this precious planet that we live on in order to give future generations the hope that we take so terribly for granted

    • People who live in slums might not have a wonderful life or a particularly healthy one but they do live! And often they seem to have smiles on their dials too. (Then again my exposure to slums is via the media so maybe I’m talking out my butt.)I believe that if people had access to a small scratch of land and a small house sufficient to keep them warm/cool and dry and safe from predators, access to wild meat or animals to raise as a tribe or as individuals for those that choose to eat meat then we could all live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. I believe the problem is that western cultures consider that to be a subsistence, not existence. It’s our expectations, placed upon us at a very young age by society that stop us from gaining the satisfaction of a simple life lived well. 🙂

      • narf77 says:

        Not so much “society” but media and profit driven motives that are causing our lack of contentment and our constant need to be going one better (via expensive consumer goods of course).

        • Jonses syndrome. 😦

          • narf77 says:

            I think the problem is that too many of us have too much time on our hands to be hanging over the Joneses fence looking at everything that they have. If we were all bums up producing our own food (including the Joneses who “come the revolution” had a VERY big shock…) we would be too tired to compare ourselves unfavourably to other people. There are always going to be people who have something that we don’t. It’s learning to be content with your personal lot and doing the best that you can with what you are given and being grateful for how lucky you are that makes for a happy life 🙂

  2. Linne says:

    This was a good article and gave me even more to think on. I doubt that change in any meaningful amount will come from the ‘establishment’; they have too much invested in the status quo. But people like yourself are making valuable contributions toward establishing a new consciousness and sustainable cultures. My money’s on the revolutionary bolshie rabid little black duckies, myself. 🙂

    I’ve been reading up a bit from time to time on the ‘tiny house’ movement and there are beginning to be deliberate developments designed and built. In some cases, they are more for downsizing well-to-do people; in others, innovative ways to house the homeless and give them a start again. What I’m seeing is communities of tiny houses for dwelling space and privacy, coupled with larger buildings for community needs and activities. Findhorn in Scotland was a real pioneer in this field and is still thriving. I think we can learn so much from them and others like them. Community gardens for things like grain, potatoes, hay; private gardens for kitchen stuff; together I think most people’s needs would be well met. Shared studio spaces for creative activities would be nice, too, with some made private for people who need solitude or who make noise. It’s not long ago that most of the world lived in some form of tiny dwelling; many peoples lived in tents or huts. I think we can learn a lot from those cultures, where they still exist (or read up on them from older books).

    I’m with Narfie on what we need: (food, water, air, shelter, clothing) I’d add tools, books, some simple machines (looms, mills, etc.), musical instruments, to begin with anyway. In a simpler culture, things would be designed to last, which would give everyone more time to be creative in whatever form they liked.

    It’s interesting to read history and see the rise and fall of so many cultures; some are very short-lived, others last longer. I’m both fascinated and frightened by what I see coming for us. But no use being frightened, really; life is finite and the ending isn’t the important bit; living as fully as we can matters so much more. I don’t feel I do enough of that these days, though, so am giving it all a good think to see how I can both minimize my impact on the earth and maximize my experience (and perhaps my contribution) while I’m here.

    A great share, Jess. Thanks a lot! ~ Linne

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