Thursday, February 19, 2009

Economic meltdown

If you watched Frontline the other night you might have reached the conclusion i just reached that as the economic collapse ensued, it was primarily two people who made billions of dollars of decisions with taxpayer money (ie bailouts).

The other day I think I glanced onto Chris Mathew's show and some dude said something to the effect that for the vast majority of us, the poor, nothing's really improved in the last 40 years. Our condition has basically stayed the same. The middle class is getting rocked like Bart Simpson getting choked by Homer, and of course, the Uppermost class is doing just fine.

Rich people don't want to make loans. Well, that's good. It gives us an opportunity to localize our economies and create a manufacturing boom where communities all over adopt the diy mentality. The time of cheap transportation and centralized industry are ending, We need to invest in our local capacities to provide what we need. We should all be recycling and producing in more localized scales. Of course, while we reconsider what is really necessary. Perhaps its time to invest in creating jobs to clean up the environment. Maybe we could think about how to clean up the oceans of all the garbage and plastic thats floating around polluting the earth? Maybe its time to plant more trees instead of cutting them all down. Also, I think its time many of us just stop participating in the global economy. I know its hard and I haven't completely made that step yet, but lets face it, there's nothing really to worry about. If the next generation doesn't get to guzzle gas like we did, its okay, they can still have a better life if we focus on that question, what is a better life? Maybe its a life with less stress about work work work. less stress about paying the bills and having health insurance and whether my plastic bag will end up in the ocean. I'm convinced that there is a balancing point where resource consumption is sustainable, but right now we're consuming too much and we need to reduce. That means a new economy. We can't keep living the way we have. Here's my suggestion. We need to congregate more. The more we get together the less resources we will need. We need to share more.

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