Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An Archdruid Take On The Economic Debacle...

Our most esteemed friend, John Michael Greer, comments on why you shouldn't be looking forward to an early, on time, or late retirement, ever. (If this idea disturbs you, you need to be doing some more reading...Chaos prescribes a daily dose of The Automatic Earth, listed in the blogroll). Briefly, our system of economic "growth" is based on consumption of the planet's resources, which has now peaked and is declining. (Once again, these assertions are not new, radical or strange, if you've been paying attention). The gyrations, shenanigans, and increasingly desperate attempts to maintain the status quo will not result in anything but more pain. The global economy is crashing, the United States of America is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and eventual ruin, and yet, somehow, in Chaos' little corner of the world, everyone continues on their daily acitvities. Disconcerting, to say the least, but regional differences are apparently quite stark, at least at this early stage. Later on, when fewer and fewer people have jobs, money, health care, or much else, differences will diminish. Many institutions are now dead, but have not yet quite given up the ghost, and appear to have slight signs of life. Get ready; it's coming, soon, to a neighborhood near you.

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