In case you haven’t noticed, Europe is on the verge of implosion and the U.K. and the U.S. won’t be far behind. Sensible places like Canada, Australia and Scandinavia will likely be spared the burning banks and government buildings but rest assured things will get rough there too. Why? Because we’re all BROKE. Our parents screwed us and now we’re screwing our children and most likely their children as well. Nicely done! Let’s pat ourselves on the back!
I’m just curious to know what kind of conversations politicians and bankers are having with their respective militaries as hoarding the wealth of the world is not enough. At the end of the day they will have to control the weapons and the soldiers too if they do not want to be drawn and quartered on the public square. How “failsafe” is the U.S. millitary against the kind of threat that is mounting? God knows the U.S. military is awfully big…you’d think big enough that it could easily fracture along the political ideologies of it’s top chain of command leading to some very complicated messes WITHIN the U.S., never mind, without.
I’m afraid that what is unfolding is likely to tip the scales in favour of autocracy centered around corporate feudalism which historically have been choice governing models for humans who quite clearly are not able to keep their animal spirits in check for the good of society. And where the corporatist tentacles cannot reach there will be Shariah law.
It pains me to say that the democracies of the West cannot function in a world that depends on ever shrinking decision making horizons and grotesque levels of economic growth in order to sustain ever increasing levels of debt while choking the planet’s ecosystem to death. IT CANNOT CONTINUE. It simply goes against the laws of Nature and the only way the charade has been kept afloat has been by dazzling the masses with the debt driven illusion of wealth while the Elites have scrambled to keep the lights on in their Casinos.
It could well be that 20th Century Man is about to be relegated to the dustbin by the digital natives who will throw in the towel on environmental conservation and throw all their intellectual might behind the science of becoming more machine than human. They will build a new economy based on developing biological interfaces with computers and pushing the boundaries of nanotech, robotics and synthetic body parts in the hopes of becoming all-out cyborgs no longer bound by Earthly needs such as oxygen, food, water, GRAVITY, but only electricity and synthetic lubricants. Space travel over inhuman distances will become possible. We will then be ready to seed the Universe. We are on the verge of the cyberpunk future. Dust off your old William Gibson novels and cue up Blade Runner if you want a sneak peak.
There is no maintaining the status quo for it will not allow itself to be maintained. Either we defeat Nature definitively by using our industrial, computing and biological know-how to wean ourselves from her bosom or we must capitulate, retreat and figure out ways to move forward without raising her ire.
The only thing that seems clear to me is that our planet can barely tolerate 6 billion people. To say that by 2050 there will 9 billion humans on Earth with a straight face is a crime against Reason. Our numbers are about to crash along with the exhausted, hollowed-out version of Capitalism that’s been clinging on for dear life a decade too long…. As much as I fear what is coming… I also embrace it. I don’t know if it will be change we can believe in. But it will be change. And that’s a start.