Interestingly enough, the same problem I had in thinking of what to say next is pretty much what I needed to write about.
At this point, there is enough serious shit going down that you would never be able to keep track of it all. I remember just a few years ago, you’d be lucky to get maybe four or five relevant pieces of news a day. Now it’s like twenty original pieces, revolving around maybe three or four novel events, every single day.
Trying to assimilate that on a case by case basis is clearly no longer a tenable situation. If you take these matters seriously, it’s not responsible to get your daily doom fix and paralyse yourself by trying to get the ‘whole picture’.
The whole picture is pretty fucked, y’all. Time to deal with it.
That means you have to approach this as a legitimate exercise in crisis management, and the first step, once you’ve done an assessment, is to perform triage.
Triage, in battlefield terms is separating out those who can be helped, from those who can’t, and putting your resources where it will do the most good. Once things get to a certain pitch, trying to save everyone and everything is only going to put people in worse danger, and put you at risk of losing a lot more than you need to.
At this point, defending every inch of your lifestyle isn’t going to happen. It just isn’t. in the same way, for us to try and save every bit of our society, as it is, on a case by case basis, is only going to make things worse. This is what is being done with the economy right now. Instead of letting things unwind, which they will eventually have to do no matter what, it’s being fought to the death by inches, and this is only going to guarantee us a soviet style collapse, and widespread poverty and misery. The only way to go from a reactive to a responsive mode of behavior is to withdraw to a predetermined point and start to progress from there. Which means that certain things need to be let go of, and let go of right now.
My suggestion, at this point, is to give yourself at least a year of lead time. That means anything that might or probably will happen in the next year should be regarded at this point as a done deal. Make the changes now, while you have the time, and prepare to hold that situation to the best of your ability.
For example, in the next year, you should take seriously the idea that you will not be able to afford to drive, except in emergences, and just stop using the car right now. Save the money and use the bus, or carpool. Buy the gas anyway if you want, and stockpile it. Store the car, or sell it. Buy a bike, whatever. Get ahead of that curve, because you don’t want to wake up some morning and suddenly find you can’t afford to commute to your job anymore, or the government is just flat out rationing the fuel, and you can’t get it. The car culture cannot be saved. Let it die.
Similarly, you should take seriously the notion that airline transport and long distance trucking will be dramatically reduced from what it is now. That means, grocery stores become fewer and smaller, international business shrinks, consumer goods start to dry up. Start learning how to grow some food. Not all, but some. Live closer to your necessities. Learn to live without all the cheap crap. If you really need to travel a lot, you should get used to the idea that that isn’t going to continue. The globalised consumer culture is not going to survive. Let it die.
And in line with what I said above you should probably adjust your financial assets with an eye to the possibility that the banking and finance system as it exists is not going to survive either. Clearing your debts and investing in tangibles is not a bad idea at all.
This is not some mad max shit, and it’s not mass death. But it’s what you gotta accept if you want to avoid the worse alternatives. Or at least, if you want to be in a position to offset the worse alternatives.
For certain regions, the prognosis is obviously much worse. If you live in crumbling infrastructure, under huge debts, at the end of a long commute, and there’s no soil in sight, you might want to seriously consider walking away from that situation. There are places in the united states that face a mass catastrophe in the winter the first time there’s a natural gas shortage that coincides with sub zero weather. That could happen anytime. Great Britain stands to fall into semi permanent blackouts in the next few years due to decay in their energy infrastructure, and depletion of north sea oil.
In short I recommend you inform yourself on the likely unfoldings in your locale and get ahead of the breaking wave. From there, we can start to build.