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Hello all – yes have read 1984 and following AE since its inception and prior to that the Oil Drum. I am just surprised to see this post about supporting Trump here on this site after all these years. I think we all know that waste-based industrial capitalism is dying and we all hope that it, and the American Empire, will die with more of a whimper than a bang. Nicole predicted that Obama would go down as the most hated president in history. I am thinking it will be Trump. I don’t hate anybody. Anger and hatred are not helpful. I am sorry for the family of Donald Trump and for all families over all the world.
Hi Ilargi –
That is a very provocative imperative – all the more surprising since it comes from you. Could you explain in a concrete way what citizens should be doing to show their support? I voted Green Party last November in a state where it didn’t really matter. (Had it mattered I don’t know what I would have/should have done.) But even I am surprised at a) how truly loathsome is “our” president and b) the determination of congress to provoke a conflict with Russia and China.
Seems to me that the entire political class is hopelessly dependent upon selling war and drugs and stealing money from the people to do it. I have no idea what to do except to stay local and as out of the way as possible. Do you have another specific suggestion or plan for action? My friends nearly disowned me for refusing to vote for Hilary. Support Trump? He sure looks as though he wants war. How do you know what he wants? Maybe his blustering is a way to scare the opposition? Trouble is that his Korean counterpart seems as nutty as he is. Perhaps the only successful one is Bannon who is getting the chaos he wants.
Re John Mauldin:
It is hard to dislike the man. He is the quintessential american salesman – 21st century version of the Fuller Brush Man. Optimistic, folksy, clever… But he is always selling something and good salesmen always believe in the product they are selling – while they are selling. If you read to the end of his current letter, you see that he is about to move into a large, expensive apartment in Texas whose systems are controlled by mini Ipads! So I think he is basically all in. But since he is a hedge fund guy you would think that he has something on the other side. I always wonder what it is. What is the solution if the ipads go down? Whatever it is, that is probably what causes him to hold his tongue.
@jal “I wonder how the Spanish people, with their high unemployment, are managing to survive without the bankers? Maybe they found a way to get food into all the needy mouths.”
All of the needy mouths? Doubtful long term. However, something that Michael Hudson said does stick in my mind (my paraphrase of what I think he said “the financial system has become a parasite. It makes you think that you will die without it.”)
If our only problem were the parasitic financial system we could talk about solutions with a straight face. But, as we know, resource scarcity is for real. And, as SFV says, currencies are priced with respect to crude oil. The parasite is being allowed to kill the host and it is probably too late. Until the world wakes up to its real problem there are all sorts of work-arounds for feeding a lot of the people. Afterwords we shall have to see what can be done.
Well I finally got enough bandwidth from my satellite isp to watch the video and I agree that it is much clearer then the usual Steve Keen. Naked Capitalism also discusses Steve Keen vs Krugman today. I don’t see the financial system meekly allowing itself to be shrunken/dismantled. Don’t you agree? Do you then see this as a solution that could be chosen after collapse of the shadow banking system? If so, then I would suggest that it include support for measures that increase social cohesion and end wasteful practices. I would think that financial restructuring should be tied to economic activities that discourage re-growth of the industrial and consumer economy replacing it with a greener more distributed locally based or household based economy that is very low waste. If all you do is to allow industrial capitalism to pick itself up, dust itself off and start all over again what is the point?
I ordered the DVD, btw.
Couldn’t open the video.December 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm in reply to: Teaser Podcast Prelude To Upcoming TAE Holiday Presentation #9824
@Nicole. I agree with you that the paleo diet works. Sadly I have a ton (literally) of wheat put away in 5 gallon buckets and somewhat less than that in oats, barley and beans. So I have started sprouting it and feeding it to horse, goats, chicks and ducks.
I wonder how we keep up our paleo diets when it is harder to get meat. I guess eggs, cheese and raw milk, right? Have you found any cheap, easy foods that we can eat if things get dicey?
Sounds as though I should order the DVD – especially as I have limited bandwidth due to satellite. I will do it tomorrow.
I used to look at TAE several times a day and to have really good exchanges with people. El G. helped me figure out a solar hot water problem. I really think that having good discussions and conversations is what brings people back. There are a lot of websites – Martenson’s, Greer’s Green Wizards, Ruppert’s, and their lifeboat sections just don’t work because people drop the conversation.
The only sites I go to a lot are Economic Undertow and The Archdruid Report. In both cases – a short essay, a bunch of comments, some back-and-forth between the blogger and the people and some back-and-forth between the people themselves. There is obviously control exercised. Steve Ludlum does a particularly good job of gently reminding people to behave themselves. He ignores a lot of what would annoy me but it seems to work out.
I am looking forward to a discussion of ‘Near Term Extinction.’
I liked your comment on a previous thread. You said something like ‘ZH doesn’t tell us how we should be spending our time…’ A lot of people who have been prepping for awhile have done what they can do and now have to consider how to live in the broadest sense. Everyone wants to tell us how to invest our money but not how we should spend our time or live our lives given that we now know what we know.
@el g re: illuminati
I imagine you are right. But do you really imagine that they could be successful? There must be sneaky old-money types out there who think they can pull off something like a one-world system. Don’t you think, though, that the blood has thinned in that universe?
IMHO there are all sorts of crackpot groups who will see opportunities to take advantage of this chaos. One of them will eventually cause a lot of trouble.
I’ll bet there are hackers planning to rob every bank in the world electronically and military types planning violent action.
My money is on a coalition of military and drug dealer types who are used to dealing with each other and with cash. That is because whatever comes out of this is going to be bottoms up not top down. Central control is going down with the financial system.
What is wrong with your website? I haven’t been able to access it for days?
Thanks – I will give it a look. Can’t you buy wheat berries and grind them?
@ ElG “I can barely reach my laces” Maybe we should talk about this over on the Lifeboat pages! Could be a common problem among the old doomers.
I buy bulk wheat from my food coop and have been doing that for several years. It gets stored in food grade plastic buckets with gamma lids. I bought a Country Living grain mill and had it mounted onto an exercise bike. You can google this and find plans and photos on line.
I grind grain to order for my neighbors.
My recipe also comes from the Mother Earth News but I use the one that makes several loaves. It is OK but I am always looking for better recipes. My stove is a contra-flow masonry stove with a bake oven. It is pretty hard to put in a pan of water. Anyone else have the same problem with a wood stove oven?
I would really like a recipe that works well with a stonewear bread pan.