Alternatives to Political Systems, Economics, Society, Village Development — by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor October 29, 2012
The video above is a nice, brief summation of our present predicament, and ends with the only really logical conclusion — permaculture, and resilient, interdependent communities living in the real economy. It’s well worth watching and sharing. Regular readers of this site won’t learn anything new, but should find it yet another useful tool for educating others.
For myself, I am constantly disappointed in mainstream media coverage of the historically unprecedented convergence of issues humanity now faces. Supposed ‘experts’ in economics and business stand in front of us, upbeat and flashing plastic smiles, whilst spouting utter nonsense. They continue to subscribe to, and promote, an impossible belief — that being to ‘grow the economy’, perpetually, on a finite planet. This is the most absurd faith-based religion I’ve ever encountered, and yet it has become the status quo almost everywhere on this tired old earth.
All a great power has to do to destroy itself is to persist in trying to do the impossible. — Stephen Vizinczey
As I’ve said before, we don’t live on an inflatable earth, and our inability to recognise the huge mismatch between contemporary economic theory and ecological necessity is destroying the little we have left — and what we dearly need to protect if we are to have sufficient remaining resources to begin anew with. As the video above says, we’re burning the walls of our house to try to keep warm. It doesn’t have to be like this, but until we reinvent the economy, from the ground up, we will likely continue until we’ve even torched the fire escape.
A decade ago the mainstream media might have fooled us, but today they’re only fooling themselves, and making fools of themselves…. Do they not realise that we scoff at their blinkered view of the world? Or, perhaps they’ve given up trying to cater to the majority, and have instead become specialists in psychological management of the global elite, feeding their confirmation bias and their desire for business as usual.
With no small measure of thanks to the internet, more and more people are now aware of where we stand, and how we got here. This gives us some small measure of hope in change, as long as people are also aware of the solutions.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. — Henry Ford
We’ve been hoodwinked. The ‘economy’ we know today is based on lies, not tangible goods. It’s based on speculation and exponentially growing numbers that have no actual counterpart in the natural world.
One way or another, there is revolution coming to the streets near you. The form of that revolution — whether deadly and destructive or peaceful and constructive — really depends a great deal, I believe, on how far and fast we can educate, educate, educate. If we’re to survive the collapse, we must necessarily first have lifeboats and replacement systems in place.
- Heading into a Perpetual Recession
- Why ‘Increased Energy Efficiency’ Won’t Save Us
- The Crash Course
- Money as Debt