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originally posted by: ragsntatters
There's talk of bracing for economic collapse thanks to crashing stock markets, low oil prices and failing banks. Stock markets and banks mostly deal in made up numbers.
So given that we will still have needs and the infrastructure to feed these needs, how can we move past the reliance on the made up numbers? One argument would be that if a bank collapsed then people would be laid off...if the economy is based on a house of cards and borrowed money just being cycled through then isn't it time for a correction? Does everyone really need to be in the workforce? I see machines and tech taking over and killing many jobs within the next 5 years so I think we should consider how to move forward beyond that.
Think it might be time to form mini villages, grow what we can and trade what we can on a barter system? Like do you really need a Gucci handbag? Most expensive items have a high perceived value but in actuality the things we actually need can be cheaply produced to a high quality so that they don't need replacing often. Surely we need to think of a new way forward beyond the clutches of the numbers. There is enough to go around we just need to figure out how to manage and distribute it properly 'uhh who will fund this endeavour'...numbers are made up, let's just make some more up or kick them to the curb altogether. Get 200 acres, start a non Kool Aid commune for lack of a better word. We outnumber them and in the spirit of true democracy we can also dictate how our governments operate. I think it'd be wise to act now because later we'll all be too worried about where the food for our table will come from given most of us get our food from a supermarket and it doesn't take much to knock a supply chain out of whack.
Low oil prices means we can produce more things for cheaper, perhaps sustainable things that will last longer and can be beneficial to us in the long term. Do enough people have foresight beyond the doom, gloom, worry and entertainment and 'news'?
I guess I'd like to use this thread to see what your thoughts are on how we can move forward, say in groups of 100 and how we'd solve the trade issue and how we can transition to this better way or even if it is at all possible given there are so many people on Earth, 1/7th of them might have to go. Guess they will automatically if they're living in cities if and when there's a 3 day disruption.
A number of urban cooperative living communities have been established in Christchurch including Chippenham (and the related Mansfield community). Chippenham has been in existence for over 30 years.
Gondwana Sanctuary has been a thriving residential and wildlife sanctuary since 1987.