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Economics in Darwinist mode – the competitive struggle for existence

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Published on FEASTA on June 30, 2016

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Nineteenth century economics is described in this chapter as a subject used to train a psychopathic imperial elite – this is illustrated by the policies recommended by economists to manage famines in Ireland and India. The poor had only themselves to blame for their desperate state.

God died in economic thinking sometime in the 19th century, for most theorists anyway. Instead, economics would be contextualised in popular thinking by a philosophical standpoint derived from Darwin. Darwin in turn had been influenced by economist Thomas Malthus, who lectured in economics to at the East India Company training college. The theories developed reflect again the truth of the phrase from Anaïs Nin – “we do not see things as they are, but as we are” and Victorian industrial society was ruthless. As Andreas Weber explains:

“Malthus was obsessed by the idea of scarcity as explanation of social change – there would never be enough resources to feed a population that steadily multiplies. Charles Darwin, the biologist, adapted that piece of theory which had clearly been derived from the observation of Victorian industrial society and applied it to a comprehensive theory of natural change and development.”

“In its wake such concepts as “struggle for existence”, “competition”, “growth” and “optimisation” tacitly became centrepieces of our self-understanding: biological, technological and social progress is brought forth by the sum of individual egoisms. In perennial competition, fit species (powerful corporations) exploit niches (markets) and multiply their survival rates (return margins), whereas weaker (less efficient) ones go extinct (bankrupt). The resulting metaphysics of economy and nature, however, are less an objective picture of the world than society’s opinion about its own premises.” (Weber, 2012)

The claim that the self-organising character of the competitive market would optimise resource allocation in the face of scarcity became the centrepiece of a general ideology. An emerging belief system, which seemed self-evident to powerful men – that the strong were fitter and more competitive. The weak could assume no automatic entitlement to support because that was not nature’s way, it was not efficient. This ideology had expelled considerations of social justice from the economic concept system. “Survival of the fittest” meant those best able to win in a struggle with others – rather than “the survival of those best able to adapt to their immediate environment” which might, alternatively, have meant things like “best able to co-operate for mutual benefit with others and thus, get looked after”.

This was not how the elite of Victorian society operated and the implicit philosophy that prevailed was elaborated by people like Nietzsche:

“To speak of just or unjust in itself is quite senseless; in itself, of course, no injury, assault, exploitation, destruction can be “unjust,” since life operates essentially, that is in its basic functions, through injury, assault, exploitation, destruction and simply cannot be thought of
at all without this character. One must indeed grant something even more unpalatable: that, from the highest biological standpoint, legal conditions can never be other than exceptional conditions, since they constitute a partial restriction of the will of life, which is bent upon power, and are subordinate to its total goal as a single means: namely, as a means of creating greater units of power. A legal order thought of as sovereign and universal, not as a means in the struggle between power complexes but as a means of preventing all struggle in general perhaps after the communistic cliché of Dühring, that every will must consider every other will its equal—would be a principle hostile to life, an agent of the dissolution and destruction of man, an attempt to assassinate the future of man, a sign of weariness, a secret path to nothingness.”
(Nietzsche, 2009)

training for psychopaths – economics and famine management

In case this seems an over the top and an extreme quote, chosen for rhetorical effect, then one has only to examine the political economic policies adopted during the Irish famine of the 1840s and the Indian famines of the mid-1870s. In both cases, a sociopathic political elite held rigidly to policies after crop failure that made the situation infinitely worse than they need to have been. Elite thinking was within the framework taught by teachers like Thomas Malthus, at the East India Company’s Staff training College at Hailsbury, on Hertford Heath.

In Ireland, and then in India, the extreme vulnerability of the population before the famines had been already been created by previous policy. In the case of Ireland, the parasitism of the Anglo-Irish landlord class sucked away resources from agriculture to their high life in London that might have been otherwise used to raise the abilities and conditions of the cultivators. Simultaneously, alternative industries and employment could make no headway against English competition when protective tariffs were removed after a brief period of prosperity at the time of the Napoleonic and American wars.
In India, the famines were prepared by the disintegration of community relationships and obligations under the impact of the market. As Davis states:

“The worsening depression in world trade had been spreading misery and igniting discontent throughout cotton-exporting districts of the Deccan, where in any case forest enclosures and the displacement of gram by cotton had greatly reduced local food security. The traditional system of household and village grain reserves regulated by complex networks of patrimonial obligation had been largely supplanted since the Mutiny by merchant inventories and the cash nexus. Although rice and wheat production in the rest of India (which now included bonanzas of coarse rice from the recently conquered Irrawaddy delta) had been above average… much of the surplus had been exported to England.”(Davis, 2002, p. 26)

According to the free trade evangelists, rising prices in a time of dearth would attract imports of grain and people would consume less. Problem solved.

But the problem was not solved – because of price speculation. What actually happened in the 1870s was described by one of the few members of the elite who was not a free market fundamentalist, Richard Grenville, the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos. The refusal to intervene in the market to bring down the price (by selling grain from places of relative abundance) encouraged an orgy of price speculation
as people with wealth bought up grain to profit from the rising prices and made the situation worse. Commented Grenville:

“The rise [of prices] was so extraordinary, and the available supply, as compared with well-
known requirements, so scanty that merchants and dealers, hopeful of enormous future gains, appeared determined to hold their stocks for some indefinite time and not to part with the article which was becoming of such unwonted value. It was apparent to the Government that facilities for moving grain by the rail were rapidly raising prices everywhere, and that the activity of apparent importation and railway transit, did not indicate any addition to the food stocks of the Presidency… retail trade up-country was almost at standstill. Either prices were asked which were beyond the means of the multitude to pay, or shops remained entirely closed.”
(Davis, 2002, p. 27)

In both Ireland and India, any idea of intervening in the market to hold down prices was rejected since markets were self-correcting. It would involve the state in needless expense that could be better spent on other things. In the case of India, these greater priorities were the preparation for a military adventure in Afghanistan for the glory of the Viceroy, opium addict Lord Lytton. Then there was a week-long feast for 68,000 VIPs during Queen Victoria’s visit to India – during which time an estimated 100,000 people starved to death in Madras and Mysore.

In both Ireland and India, food was exported out of the country in bulk during the famine. As the population fell by 2 million in Ireland, exports of food from Cork in a single day in November 1848 were 147 bales of bacon, 255 barrels of pork, 5 casks of hams, 3,000 sacks and barrels of oats, 300 bags of flour, 300 head of cattle, 239 sheep, 542 boxes of eggs, 9,300 firkins [about one-fourth of a barrel] of butter, and 150 casks of miscellaneous foodstuffs. (Gallagher, 1995)

In both Ireland and India there was utter terror of supporting the poor during times of hardship. It would create a precedent! It would interfere in the market for labour. It would create dependency. The iron laws of political economy forbad it. Public works as a source of relief might favour some business interests rather than others so they were not to be supported either. At the height of the Irish Famine in 1846, Treasury Head, Sir Charles Trevelyan wrote:

“The only way to prevent people from becoming habitually dependent on government, is to bring [relief] operations to a close. The uncertainty about the new crop only makes it more necessary… These things should be stopped now, or you run the risk of paralyzing all private enterprise and having this country on you for an indefinite number of years.”(Gallagher, 1995)

the poor have only themselves to blame

In both cases the elite convinced themselves, using the ideas of Malthus, that the deaths were Nature’s way of dealing with overpopulation by the poor who were incapable of exercising self-control, and who were therefore bringing down the holocaust upon themselves. “[E]very benevolent attempt made to mitigate the effects of famine and defective sanitation serves but to enhance the evils resulting from overpopulation.”

In the same vein, an 1881 report concluded that:

“80% of the famine mortality were drawn from the poorest 20% of the population, and if such deaths were prevented this stratum of the population would still be unable to adopt prudential restraint. Thus, if the government spent more of its revenue on famine relief, an even larger proportion of the population would become penurious.” As in Ireland thirty years before, those with the power to relieve famine convinced themselves that overly heroic exertions against implacable natural laws, whether of market prices or population growth, were worse than no effort at all.” (Davis, 2002, p. 32)

Having thus, degraded fellow human beings as low as they could go through applying “economic principles”, the sociopathic gentlemen then witnessed the resulting wretches and failed to recognise their own handiwork. Accompanying Queen Victoria in Ireland, historian Charles Kingsley commented:

“I am daunted by the human chimpanzees I saw along that 100 miles of horrible country. I don’t believe they are our fault. I believe that there are not only many more of them than of old, but that they are happier, better and more comfortably fed and lodged under our rule than they ever were. But to see white chimpanzees is dreadful; if they were black, one would not feel it so much.” (Gallagher, 1995)

What is called “political economy” then was a set of doctrines that suited a gentleman elite of genocidal sociopaths. The statement is not written to be read as indignant rhetoric, but as strictly factual. I seek to describe the world as it was then, not as I would have liked it to have been. There is plenty of evidence. The art and journalism of the time shows how these men regarded themselves.

the ego size of sociopaths - how the imperialists saw themselves. cecil rhodes announces plans for telegraph between cairo and cape town. cartoon in Punch 1892. creative commons Licence

 

 

the ego size of sociopaths – how the imperialists saw themselves. cecil rhodes announces plans for telegraph between cairo and cape town. cartoon in Punch 1892. creative commons Licence

The ego size of sociopaths – how the imperialists saw themselves. Cecil Rhodes announces plans for telegraph between Cairo and Cape Town. Cartoon in Punch 1892. Creative commons Licence

 

The invisible hand of the market was ideal (and remains ideal) for a sociopathic elite to deny their responsibility to their fellow human beings because it claims to be a way of automatically reconciling self-interested behaviour with optimal economic outcomes. As Kingsley said: “I don’t believe they are our fault”.

It was, and it still is, an argument tailor-made to allow the elite to avoid asking whether appalling suffering and disaster was in any way due to their actions taken in their self-interest. If people starved
it was nothing to do with their rental extraction and systems of land tenure that had destroyed the communal arrangements that preceded them. It was nothing to do with their market arrangements.
It was nothing to do with their speculation driving prices up further. It was nothing to do with their policies which wanted to use tax revenues for status displays or for war adventures to their greater glory. No, one had to obey the invisible hand – and if the inferior people, the little people, the chimpanzees, white or black, starved – then they had called it down on themselves and Nature was now taking them away, as it was bound to. Economics, once a branch of moral philosophy, had become the new theology for money power.

As I have said, economists had constructed a set of arguments that took attention away from the propertied elite. Many economists would have been well aware that prices and the allocation of resources depends on the prior allocation of rights to the different factors of production – but so what? This insight could be consigned to the small print of economics, not the up-front centre of attention. By a process of enclosure, a land market and a labour market were created simultaneously, since people who could no longer draw from the resources of the commons to support themselves had to sell their ability to work on a labour market. But the duress involved in the enclosures, of being forced to work on the terms of the employers, was not something to theorise about. To give deep consideration to issues of justice and duress would have been to stand in the way of improvement and progress. It would be, in the words of Nietzsche, to embark on a path to nothingness. By attacking the poor law for the support of destitute people, and by the expropriation involved in enclosures, the elite ensured that the poor worked on terms that could be dictated by their employers. The path to improvement on the improved lands and through increasing specialisation in the industrial factories was held open. As land and labour became market commodities this could only be regarded as “progress”, because it was a process of completing the creation of a market society which professors of moral philosophy sanctified.

However, neither land nor labour are originally “produced” with the explicit purpose of becoming commodities. There is no sense in which they are “natural commodities” as Polanyi, who documented these processes, pointed out. Land is part of the living natural system of the biosphere and “labour” is the lives of people who have been forced to work on terms dictated by the people who own the land and other resources.

In the ideology of the market, the important idea was that the market produces according to the wishes of the society – but it is true only when those wishes are backed with purchasing power. Here is a theory of what gets produced with available resources – a theory of allocation. The issue of how purchasing power came to be distributed, reflecting the power relationships in the economic and property system, is different by the end of the 19th century. The economists produced more apologetic ideas on this
theme when their rich patrons came under political pressure. It is not, however, a theme to which most economists pay any deep attention. Distribution has been a question that could be mostly ignored because, eventually, with technical progress, everyone would be rich. As we have seen, the original roots of the property system, globally and nationally, lie in power, violence and theft. But a theft justified by the chrematistic religion of economics as “improvement” from which everyone would benefit from… eventually… if they survived.

Zombie Rehab

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on June 23, 2013

“It’s da Same old Theme since 1916”

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zombiesInside the Diner, a HOT THREAD has been percolating for several days, running some 19 pages deep now.  The topic is not a new one in the Collapse Blogosphere, really it is one of the oldest ones.  The question is what to do about “Zombies”, aka the vast majority of people immersed in Industrialized Culture who are completely unaware of the spin down underway here, and who are as completely unprepared for collapse as they are unaware of it.

The context here is a bit different than usual, in that in this case the Diners are trying to figure out a Fair & Equitable system of dealing with the Zombies, who very well may include some of your Close Friends and Relatives.  The assumption made here is that you are a well prepped Doomer Member of a larger Doom Community on a limited size patch of land which can support only a fixed number of people.  No absolute figure is set on this hypothetical since it depends a lot on the overall size of the community and what systems of food production you have in place when TSHTF.

http://i2.wp.com/listverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/ayof-image-21_794222i.jpgOver the course of the 19 pages so far, the arguments have morphed around to questions of Charity and Selflessness versus Utility and Darwinian Selection.  As a pretty strict Darwinist, I argue for what I call the “Test for Survival”, which amounts to taking all Males who reach Puberty and sending them out into the Wilderness for a year equally equipped, and seeing who makes it back alive at the end of the year.  Said returnees are then Fully-Fledged members of the tribe and allowed to reproduce.

What about the Females you ask?  Why don’t they also have to rough it out in the Bush for a year to see if they are Worthy of reproducing?  Reason is Females already HAVE a Test for Survival built in, the Childbirthing process.  Modern Industrial Era medical practices notwithstanding, in a society with limited access to hospitals Ceasarian Section and other proceedures which increase the Survival rate of Childbearing females, there is a pretty decent Mortality rate for Childbearing females.  There also is increased Infant Mortality, so women have to bear children more often to have a few that survive.  More regular Childbirth increases the chances that any given one of them will have complications threatening the life of the Mother and/or Child.

One of the primary arguments made against such a “Test for Survival” is that it is Coercive, forcing all the Males to endure these tests whether they want to or not.  The fact is though that all societies produce tests of once sort or another that you MUST take and MUST PASS in order to be a fully fledged member of that society and enjoy the greatest benefits of it.

http://www.eduinreview.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/sat-test.pngThe examples I made of this inside the Diner are that of the SAT, Law Skule and the Bar Exam.  On the SAT, if you do not SCORE BIG you are shut out of getting a spot at one of the top Ivy League Universities, and without that Sheepskin and the Contacts you make there, you are shut out of getting the Top Spots in the Top Corporations.  Don’t Pass the Bar, you can’t even Chase Ambulances and File Bankruptcies for all the Broke People who have nothing to pay you with anyhow, and best case scenario you will be making Cappucino as a Starbucks Barista for $8/hr, except with a $100K Student Loan to pay off.

These are your Tests for Survival inside this society, though of course through the Growth Period there have been some other ways as well to Hitch a Ride on the Prosperity Bandwagon.  Mortgage Brokers and RE Agents did pretty well there for quite a while, though to make the Big Paychecks they hadda sucker a lot of people into buying more McMansion then they could afford.  What your Test for Survival does here is insure the Greediest and most RUTHLESS people will be the “Successful’ ones who got enough MONEY coming in to Procreate.  Seems to me this kind of Test for Survival REWARDS Greed, and each generation gets GREEDIER than the last one, by BOTH Nature & Nurture!  The Koch Brothers for instance are bred from a Greedy Family, and then on top of that have been Educated since BIRTH that their Greed is GOOD!

http://media.cleveland.com/ent_impact_movies/photo/rites-of-passage-91dzmlvst1l-aa1500-jpg-74682646d4c017f4.jpgBut you say, while these Tests may be Tough & Selective, FAILING them does not end in your DEATH, as a Test for Survival will if you Fail it.  Thing is from my POV, this generally just condemns you to a slower form of Death, where you exist at the margins of society making a minimum wage, falling ever deeper in debt each year, suffering the Marital Problems that come from never having enough money to cover the Bills and from Panicking when a child gets Sick or the Tranny on the SUV gives up the ghost.

Next question comes in the FAIRNESS of the test, and the criteria which is being tested here.  In the case of the SAT & Bar Exam, these things test for attributes the Industrial Society wants to perpetuate itself.  It rewards those with the Legal Mind sharp enough to protect the Corporation with layers and layers of defenses, while the Individual has about none.  Are these skills really what we need to be testing for in a Post-Industrial world?  Your ability to survive in the absence of Electricity at the Flick of a Switch and Bare Shelves at Walmart and Safeway are likely a good deal more important as Industrial living goes the way of the Dinosaur.

Why do you need such tests at all though?  Can’t people simply willingly refrain from Reproducing on their own if they can’t afford the cost in resources of raising a child?  Answer is, no they cannot, at least historically speaking that is true.  So all sorts of EUGENICS solutions are proposed for STERILIZING people who cannot AFFORD Children.  Criteria involved usually revolve around either Intelligence or Economic Wherewithal for Eugenics Solutions.

Problem with this of course is who actually APPLIES these Tests, and who designs them?  The Elite of the Society who want to perpetuate it, of course.  So it is ARTIFICIAL and testing and rewarding for all the WRONG THINGS!

http://www.icecreamnation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/hunter-gatherer-cartoon-by-Bizarro.gifAt the Perpetuation of the Species Level, the MOST important thing is that the Individual of the Species can survive to Feed at least himself.  If you cannot feed yourself, you are always dependent on the rest of your Species to provide something for you to survive.  In reality of course EVERY species has some dependence on the other Individuals for Success, for instance a Pack Wolf tends to do better than a Lone Wolf.  However, even the Lone Wolf CAN survive!  Then of course there are the Procreation Aspects, NO SPECIES can survive without some form of Cooperation between the Male & Female members of their grouping.

In the Early Years of the Growth of Homo Sapiens, Cooperation was Selected for, along with the ability to be Self-Sufficient to a degree.  A BALANCE was achieved here.  However, we were SOOOOO successful relative to all the REST of the Species we share the Earth with that we at first Gradually and then with ever increasing Rapidity simply OVERWHELMED every other Living Thing on the Face of the Earth.

With the development of Agriculture, Hierarchies, Militarism and Greed replaced Cooperation as the dominant meme for Homo Sapiens.  The Ag Paradigm requires taking over vast swaths of land, first from other species, then from other Homo Sapiens and it becomes a contest of who can control the most the fastest.  The Commons are replaced by Privatization and Land Ownership, creating a class of Haves in the society and a class of Have Nots.  Masters & Slaves, Capitalists & Labor, the Illuminati & J6P, however you care to phrase it, all the same idea.

What Ag was MOST successful with of course is vastly increasing the relative Biomass of Homo Sapiens on the Earth, beginning the process of pushing out of existence many other species as their habitats were destroyed, and vastly accelerating of course through the Age of Industrialization.  That we already have an Extinction Level Event in progress is not an arguable point.  200 species a day go extinct, the only question here is when the Sentient Species on the Planet ALSO will go EXTINCT, or will we drop down to a low enough level fast enough that Last Batting Mother Nature has time to recover?

It is the two factors of Ag & Industrialization which have led to the development of Zombies, which essentially represent the excess amount of Human Biomass that a Finite World cannot support.  What distinguishes a Zombie from a Diner is the complete lack of comprehension that this is an ongoing and accelerating problem.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_EbalnGkkACg/TH4Sa1S00FI/AAAAAAAAAGM/4b0YwndCpxg/s1600/heads+in+sand.gifWhat troubles many Diners is what to do about Zombies AFTER TSHTF, particularly Zombies you care about, like some Close Friends or Relatives who no matter what information you pitch at them every day still keep their Ostrich Heads firmly Buried in the Sand.  In the Save As Many As You Can paradigm, are you obligated to Save them also?

Picture Twin Sisters who marry Twin Brothers.  TwinsA work inside the Industrial Culture, very successfully.  Jon is a Dentist and Kristen is a Doctor.  They have a gorgeous McMansion in Greenwich, CT with two lovely children, Robert & Samantha in Private School at Choate and Phillips Exeter.

TwinsB started Reading Peak Oil back in 2008, and have been Lurking for years now in Reverse Engineering and on the Diner, following RE wherever he ends up on the Net. LOL.  Back in 2010 John quit his job as a Social Worker and Kirsten quit her job as an Elementary School Teacher, and they were able to Unload their McHovel in Minneapolis to a Chinese Real Estate Investor as a Rental Property.  LOL.  John cashed out their IRA also, and they took the proceeds and bought a 50 Acre Farm in Palmer, AK.  Kirsten now Home Schools their two kids Bobby & Sammy, while John takes them out on Hunting and Fishing trips along the Copper River, where they also do some Panning for Gold while eating freshly caught King Salmon sauteed over the campfire.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00779/twins-marrying-460_779941c.jpgJon & Kristen think John & Kirsten are NUT CASE DOOMERS, and make fun of them every time they get together for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Family Compound in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, where their aging parents Papa, a former Stock Broker for Dewey, Cheatham and Howe and Mama a former member of the Weather Underground and close friend of Squeaky Fromm are finishing out their Declining Years, collecting returns on the Vast Quantity of APPL and NFLX Stock Papa invested in over the years.

BANG!  TSHTF,  Greenwich CT turns into a WAR ZONE as vast numbers of Zombies from NY Shity bicycle their way up from Brooklyn to Greenwich, ransacking McMansions from Nassau & Suffolk right through Westchester County, Consuming the McMansion Dwellers on the Backyard Propane Fired Coleman BBQs along the way. Papa & Mama are under similar threat, as the South Boston Zombies board Dmitry Orlov’s Sailboat moored in a Boston Marina, consume him and Sail for the Cape!  This would be the 6th Stage of Collapse for Dmitry. LOL.

TXT messages fly fast and furious across the Iphones and Papa, Mama, Jon, Kristen, Robert & Samantha all board Jon’s Cessna hoping to Frog Jump their way across the FSoA and the Great White North of Canada finding enough Small Private Airports with enough Gas for the Cessna to make it across the Yukon Territory and come in for a Safe Landing at John & Kirsten’s Doomstead in Alaska.

They MAKE IT, but in the Intervening Time John & Kirsten have taken in many of their Local Friends onto their Doomstead because they were unable by themselves to Protect & Defend said Doomstead from the Zombies cycling their way up to Palmer along the Glenn Highway packing ENORMOUS HEAT since everybody in Alaska owns at LEAST 6 Guns, and it is already questionable whether the 50 Acres they picked up can FEED EVERYBODY already esconced on this land.

BC2K_doomsteadSo, in this situation, are John & Kirsten OBLIGATED to take in Jon, Kristen, Robert, Samantha, Papa & Mama onto the Doomstead?  Well, given “Blood is Thicker than Water” and being real nice folks, John & Kristen probably would be Thumbs Up for sheltering the rest of their Family, problem here is it no longer is JUST their DECISION anymore. All the REST of the Peoples they ALREADY took in here now have a SAY in this also, and taking in still more people when you are at the Carrying Capacity of the land you inhabit means that it will begin a slow starvation process as if evenly distributed, the Product of your land is now LESS than what it takes to keep everyone well fed.  So, chances are in this situation, everyone ELSE now occupying this piece of property NOT connected by Blood to these Refugees will NOT vote to accept them onto the Island.

While John & Kristen being Prescient Doomers with decent Means were able to Buy & Build a decent Doomstead in Palmer, this does not give them the Final Say in who gets to live on this land JUST because they got a Title to it from a Now Failed Goobermint Structure.  It now becomes a COMMUNITY Decision, and one has to expect that over time any successful Community will have to make EXTREMELY difficult decisions on who to take on to a given property and who to REJECT.

http://scm-l3.technorati.com/11/07/28/48465/richmenneed.jpg?t=20110728065424As I am given to understand after conversations with a few people who have visited the 4 Quarters Inter-faith Doomstead where the Age of Limits Conference was held, this problem ALREADY weighs heavily on them.  The location has a few people who have devoted many years to developing this Doomstead, but many MORE than that who are tangentially attached but do not actually Live & Work on the Property.  When TSHTF, how do you say “No” to people who may have been helping you and supporting you over the years, but in Numbers are just too many for the property to support?

Difficult decisions are coming down the pipe here for everyone, regardless of whether you are a Diner or a Zombie at the moment.  Being aware, preparing and so forth does provide an Advantage for Survival, but it most certainly does not resolve the most DIFFICULT questions that will arrive when real SCARCITY problems hit in the area of JIT Food Distribution.  If you accept the idea that MANY people are going to DIE here once the Conduits of Industrialized living begin to fail earnestly and in Cascade Fashion, then if YOU are to SURVIVE, inevitably you will end up watching many other people, even LOVED ONES, DYING.

How can you live with this problem?  How can you make such a Die Off JUST?  These are the problems we consider every day inside the Diner, and I suspect some of the other Bloggers here will also respond to the questions in their own way as well.  I applaud that, because it is a Conversation we all must have, because this Problem is QUITE REAL, and you cannot WISH IT AWAY.

RE

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Alternate Perspectives

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Missing In Action By Cognitive Dissonance     As a very young pup, whenever I was overdue and not ho [...]

Politicians’ Privilege By Cognitive Dissonance     Imagine for a moment you work for a small or medi [...]

Shaking the August Stick By Cognitive Dissonance     Sometime towards the end of the third or fourth [...]

Empire in Decline - Propaganda and the American Myth By Cognitive Dissonance     “Oh, what a tangled [...]

Meanderings By Cognitive Dissonance     Tis the Season Silly season is upon us. And I, for one, welc [...]

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With fusion energy perpetually 20 years away we now also perpetually have [fill in the blank] years [...]

My mea culpa for having inadvertently neglected FF2F for so long, and an update on the upcoming post [...]

NYC plans to undertake the swindle of the civilisation by suing the companies that have enabled it t [...]

MbS, the personification of the age-old pre-revolutionary scenario in which an expiring regime attem [...]

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First cut of the Madrid climate summit"“Buying an offset to fly here is absurd. It takes decades for a tree to grow enough to recoup [...]

"The drift towards near-term human extinction must be averted at all costs."I confess. I a [...]

"Since 2005, winters in Mexico have been my Hemingway Machine."  As winter descends upon m [...]

Waterboarding Flounder"Serious oxygen loss between 100 and 600-meter depths is expected to cover 59–80% of the ocean [...]

Of Warnings and their Ripple Effects"We need wooden ships, char-crete buildings, bamboo bicycles, moringa furniture, and hemp cloth [...]

The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

 The Daily SUN☼ Building a Better Tomorrow by Sustaining Universal Needs April 3, 2017 Powering Down [...]

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What extinction crisis? Believe it or not, there are still climate science deniers out there. And th [...]

My new book, Abolish Oil Now, will talk about why the climate movement has failed and what we can do [...]

A new climate protest movement out of the UK has taken Europe by storm and made governments sit down [...]

The success of Apollo 11 flipped the American public from skeptics to fans. The climate movement nee [...]

Today's movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British an [...]

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One wonders if planting seeds using a stick isn't more efficient. [...]

20 million barrels x 42 gallons per barrel = 840 million gallons... so about 2.5 gallons per person [...]

The problem is not the problem that the peak oilers imagined. The problem is that people cannot affo [...]

the US is now an oil exporter... update... here's the EIA data for September 2019 which shows t [...]

The quote is actually available twice: in a October, 1974 N. Y. Times interview, and in a 1976 N. Y. [...]

No by industrialism I meant the broader energy picture. The surplus value labour produces requires c [...]

That was a good piece - not sure that was exactly what Steve was saying about Marx and industrializa [...]

Steve wrote a couple of articles last year, Marx & Debtonomics: https://www.economic-undertow.co [...]

Wait - when did Steve say that about Marx? I must have missed an interesting discussion along the wa [...]

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Simplifying the Final Countdown

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Bond Market Collapse and the Banning of Cash

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Do Central Bankers Recognize there is NO GROWTH?

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Singularity of the Dollar

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Kurrency Kollapse: To Print or Not To Print?

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SWISSIE CAPITULATION!

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Of Heat Sinks & Debt Sinks: A Thermodynamic View of Money

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Merry Doomy Christmas

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Peak Customers: The Final Liquidation Sale

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Climate change imposes great challenges on the built heritage sector by increasing the risks of ener [...]

Deterministic–stochastic empirical mode decomposition (EMD) is used to obtain low-frequency (n [...]

At the sub-national level, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) proposes [...]

The recent droughts in the American Southwest have led to increasing risks of wildfires, which pose [...]