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It’s just my opinion, of course, but I don’t think religion will make a full comeback anytime soon because there are just too many people who have specifically rejected it at present. Given a few generations for struggle, however, and we might start to see people creating religions for fragments of whatever is left, what they can find from the past, and whatever their imaginations might simply make up.
Should the Dark Ages 2.0 hit, I suspect that the most celebrated value will be resourcefulness but who knows if that can be the basis for any type of cohesive religion amongst disparate and fragmented peoples.
The EU & EZ seemed doomed but is there any reasons that similar arguments couldn’t apply to the United States? Or is the idea of a sovereign Texas really too monstrous to contemplate?
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I love most of what Grillo is doing but I’m not convinced on the term limits for politicians. Two terms sounds reasonable in theory but I’ve heard that, practically speaking, it actually leads to too much turnover. Inadvertently this puts more power in the hands of unelected advisors, lobbyists & others who may be able to hang around the capitol for decades thus gaining significant knowledge of how to get things done (or thwart things from being done) while the elected official are barely able to learn the ropes before being forced to move on. Basically there is a loss of institutional know-how if congress or parliament has to completely turnover every 8-10 years.
Personally, I’m no fan of career politicians, but if someone is doing a poor job then they should be voted out rather than getting the boot because of a term limit. Likewise, if an elected official does manage to do a good job then is there really any reason to get rid of him/her just because of a rather arbitrary term limit? It would seem that a mixture of a few sage, old dogs & ambitious pups might be the best formula for success.
“People will vote for those who feed their illusions, not those who tear them apart.”
Wow…that is a great quote.
No credit for the picture at the top of the page?September 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm in reply to: You're Dreaming If You Think The Euro Crisis Is Resolved #5754
Regional secession? Saving the “union” at all costs? Sounds a lot like the American Civil War. But since Europe is much more culturally complex than America, you’d have to think that they would be more apt to successfully resist. Especially if it does turn violent.September 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm in reply to: Bernanke And Draghi Are Not Trying To Save Our Economies #5618
Well that was a perfectly boring post. I sort of expected something more dramatic; like maybe Ilargi coming out of the closet or maybe Stoneleigh joining a jihadist group. Or even better yet, maybe they both admit that they are really central bankers and have been trolling us the whole time (ha ha, so funny!).
But no, perfectly boring indeed. Keep up the good work!
Whoa…wow…I’didn’t see that coming. It’s not April 1st and this place is way too serious for this to be a joke, right?
At any rate, I’m still grateful for all of the previous writing so I’d like to say Thank you and Good Luck with the future endeavour.
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Wow, great writing. Nicely done, Mr. Aston. Bravo!
And call me crazy, but I actually see seeds of that imagined future already beginning to emerge in what many people still disregard as the wasteland of Detroit, Michigan. It’s a city that certainly has it’s problems & dangers still, but it’s also ahead of the curve when it comes to collapse.
I’m not surprised to see Detroit, Michigan on that ‘Oh Crap’ list. Just this morning I was reading about the dire state of living in that city via detroitbloggerjohn’s column at the Metrotimes. Here’s a link if you want a glimpse of the desperation that comes to the surface in a collapsed society:
Sign of the Times
Does anybody know if the Burj Khalifa is fully open? I had heard a rumour that parts of the building were closed off due to inadequate electrical supply for climate control. Apparently the un-air conditioned parts of the building reached 180º F at times (hot enough to be fatal in 30 minutes). It’s just a rumour that I heard, of course, and I’ve no idea if it were true. But it wouldn’t shock me if it were true and there was a cover-up.
Although I’m perfectly comfortable with violence, I’m not sold on this Orkin Man idea.
In a complex modern society, it seems inevitable that some of the aspects of power are going to consolidate themselves into the hands of the few. Exterminating those few might not really make a difference as their replacements may well succumb to the same temptations and abuses of power.
What seems to me to be of utmost important is simply holding the powerful accountable. Laws are the humane way of doing this. The threat of violence and the fear it can instill is a cruder but also effective measure.
Nobody seems to care about the laws and rules anymore. And the elite having thoroughly shielded themselves from virtually any interaction with the hoi polloi, let alone anything that might be physically threatening or remotely violent.
All of the non-violence/passive resistance talk is a bunch of crap because it cedes one of the best weapons in keeping the rich ruling elite honest, i.e., the risk of getting their head lopped off they abuse their privilege at the expense of others.
Is it any wonder that the most powerful are so gluttonous these days when most of them feel literally untouchable? The balance is messed up. This is partially the fault of the elites but the masses also share some responsibility because we’ve been apathetic and let them get away with it.
An exterminator isn’t needed so much as a guillotine or two. If one had been parked outside Wall Street for the past 40 years perhaps the deterrence alone would have been enough to keep the greed in check. Probably a head should roll every few years anyway just to keep us all honest.
Anyhow, it’s probably best to blame Ghandi and his stupid ideas for today’s financial/governance mess.
Personally, I’ve always been enamoured with the old milk bottle delivery paradigm. The milkman would deliver fresh milk in glass bottles while simultaneously collecting the empties for re-use. Simple, brilliant…yet curiously abandoned.
Our current behavior is obviously part of the problem but this can be manipulated. Bottle deposits are an excellent example. Sometime ago (before my time) it was apparently rather common for empty bottles to litter the roadsides. A deposit started being charged and miraculously nobody wanted to just leave them lying around. Still, I think we can push the bottle deposit paradigm further. For one, the deposit amount should be raised. I grew up in Michigan with a steep 10¢/bottle deposit but that has remained steady for probably 40 years whereas the price of a bottle of Coke has probably risen from about 40¢ or 50¢ to probably $1 or $2 today. An increase in the bottle deposit to keep pace with inflation seems like a no-brainer to me.
Secondly, the use of deposits should be expanded beyond just bottles to potentially anything that can be recycled. This has been in my head for a while now and I’m now sure if it’s my own thinking or something that I borrowed from Will Mcdonogh’s excellent ‘Cradle to Cradle’ book. Here’s an example, if I go into McDonald’s and buy a Big Mac and Coke they come wrapped in paper. Maybe I toss them in the recycling bin or maybe I don’t…but if I were charged a deposit then there is a good chance that I would return them to McDonalds so that they can deal with it properly.
Even better yet, if I’m going to eat in the dining room at the McD’s then why not serve the burger & drink with washable plates & cups? And before you dismiss this as completely crazy, I’d like to point out that the A&W fast food restaurants still serve their famous root beer in hefty glass mugs which diners return before leaving. In other words, it can be done.
Ok, I give up. Can somebody clue me into whether this is a real Pizza Hut campaign or just an elaborate joke by some talented pranksters?
Wait…which next weekend are we talking about? May 6 is the weekend after this next one, right?
Ashvin, interesting thoughts on soccer/football. I should have added the qualifier that I was referring only to pro sports in America in my post above. American cities are so fractured that any many places the only sense of identity is via the teams and their trademarks. Does Detroit even exist anymore outside of the popular olde English “D” that the Tigers baseball team has worn for the past hundred years? Point is that sports are very emotional, very irrational and as long as they remain popular among both the more & the rich then they will be one of the last things to succumb to collapse.
Outside of the US, yes, I could certainly imagine international football being torn apart much sooner. Likewise, it seems that sooner or later the Olympics games will become a disaster of class warfare.
Although I can imagine contraction coming up in the realm of professional sports, I suspect that it will remain one of the last holdouts despite economic crisis. Even during good times, many successful teams are operated at a financial loss as these enterprises are often just expensive toys for very wealthy men.
As long as the super rich keep getting super richer, which seems to be a paradigm that will fight to the death, I’d imagine that there will continue to be (at least some) professional sports teams. And aside from the financial subsidy of the super rich, sports teams also benefit from the collective efforts of communities as a grass roots level.
Movies and video games, however, are industries that probably have a much less gilded future.