Thursday, March 24, 2005


Goodbye to the Industrial Lifestyle

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Plant your garden now. Rolling Stone published an adaptation of The Long Emergency, which is a realistic look at what will happen in the near future.

Things are going to get pretty ugly. How ugly depends on whether cooler heads prevail. The fanatical Bush regime has shown itself willing to go to war for oil, and it will no doubt use nuclear weapons when the time comes. Do you relish war with China? Our transition would be so much easier if that money and effort were used to begin restructuring society. Instead, Bush is just exacerbating the problem, which will make America crash all the harder. Putting the brakes on the Bush program is the best thing that could happen to the US and the world right now.

Belief in abiotic oil, alien technology, free energy, or perpetual motion will not help you now, but changing your lifestyle, planting a big garden, and building mutually supportive local communities will.

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