7448Re: [carfree_cities] the end of civilization (was: Is the oil dependence problem on the radar?)
- Jun 19, 2004Doug Salzmann wrote:
> That may be true. It depends, mostly, on the specific forcesThe initial effects will be economic, and those who have the power will
> unleashed during the death throes of the mainstream culture. If it
> goes out with a whimper, collapsing and crumbling rather than
> exploding, there may remain pockets of survival and cultural
do whatever they can to gather the remains to themselves, resulting in a
world of even more widespread poverty than today's. I think that's part
of the perhaps unconscious program of what I call the New Feudalists: to
establish a structure that allows for vast hordes of miserable poor to
support a tiny elite.
However, if communications remain as cheap as they are now--and there's
no guarantee that they will, or that structures such as the Internet
won't be entirely privatized in the end to become the trivialzed and
consored domains of the remains of the corporate class--but *if*
communications remain cheap and widespread, it could provide fertile
soil for a revolution.
If such a scenario comes about--and part of our goal is to evade that by
establishing, or at least facilitating the establishment of, a better
way to live--then our work becomes to try to bring about a peaceful
Ghandian revolution, rather than the usual mess. Ghandi won by ignoring
the British Raj, living separately within it, enmeshed with it yet not
dependent. A revolution of giving rather than taking.
"Until you stop looking for simple answers, you will not be happy. You
will not even be human."
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