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Adjusting to a collapsing civilization


The Covid-19 pandemic affecting us here in Vermont and internationally is one more indicator that we are now dealing in a broader perspective with the collapse of the industrial/capitalistic/military economy. The other indicators are that we have catastrophic global heating, the “Sixth Great Extinction,” the rise of fascist/authoritarian governments around the world including the United States, millions of people suffering from poverty, giant corporations and billionaires controlling our democracy, and the destruction of much of our environment to support the life of a greatly overpopulated Earth.

Several authors have been predicting this collapse for years. These include “Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World” by Michael Ruppert in 2009, “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From The Future” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway in 2014, “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive” by Carolyn Baker in 2015, and most recently, “How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times” by Pablo Servigne and Ralph Stevens in 2020.

All the public focus now is on how we personally need to live to stem the spread of Covid-19 and, of course, that is vitally important. But we also need to acknowledge that this pandemic is a direct result of collapsing economic, environmental, and political systems. Environmental habitat destruction is likely to have led to the transmission of the disease from bats to humans. Economic greed and immorality led to the control of our political systems to benefit billionaires and giant corporations while weakening our systems to prevent and respond to this pandemic. And once this pandemic is over, scientific experts predict that there will be more coming.

The big question now is how do we react and adjust to a collapsing civilization? The answer is very simple in theory. We have to build resilient and self-supporting communities. We are so fortunate in Vermont that we can move in this direction. This will include growing much of our own food, supporting each other in relatively small communities, having locally owned businesses and banks, functioning on as steady-state economy rather than a growth-forever economy, the expansion of food co-ops, generating our own renewable energy, choosing to “have one or maybe none,” and having vibrant health care systems that are not controlled by profit-making insurance companies.

It is going to be a challenging evolution but if we act with compassion and equanimity, we can do it. To quote professor Jem Bendell, author of “Deep Adaptation,” who wrote the foreword to the “How Everything Can Collapse Book,” “As such, climate chaos is an invitation to go deeper into self-reflection and learn about why we have participated in such destruction. From that inquiry we may find ways of living that avoid making matters worse. Bringing attention to the darkness around us, ahead of us and inside of us is essential if we are to then light candles of wisdom.” Bendell wrote this before the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes it even truer now.

Let’s begin to “light the candles of wisdom” to do all that we can to prevent the worst of the looming collapse.


10 Comments on "Adjusting to a collapsing civilization"

  1. makati1 on Wed, 8th Apr 2020 8:56 pm 

    Best if you had stepped down the ladder voluntarily than to have it pulled out from under you as you might have noticed just happened. If you were on the high rungs, the pain will be more than of you were on the bottom or near bottom.

    I could say: “I told you so”, but… I told you so!

  2. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 8th Apr 2020 9:06 pm 

    Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official’s resignation cost taxpayers at least $243,000
    I could go there for under $1000 round trip, when they let me.
    But a trip by the Fat Boy would be even more.

  3. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 5:28 am 

    Confirmation from Britain of the same figures we already have seen from Holland and other countries:

    “NHS figures show 92% of coronavirus victims in England are over-60 – while only FIVE under-20s have died from the killer infection”

    Corona is a immunity-system breakdown disease, it almost only catches those who were already with one leg in the grave:

    Media age death: over 80
    92% deaths: over 60

    “Anyone can catch the virus, but its severity depends mostly on age and health “

  4. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 5:35 am 

    “Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official’s resignation cost taxpayers at least $243,000”

    Reminds one of these infamous $10,000 toilet seats.

    The very fact that the US spends ca. 1/3 of the global “defense” expenditure, doesn’t say a thing about the real strength of the US armed forces.

    If there would be a war between the US and, say, North-Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan (excluding nukes), my money would not necessarily on the US.

    Oh wait…

    The MIC is a privileged caste, a state-within-a-state, no politician can afford to address or get horizontalized.

  5. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 6:47 am

  6. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 2:11 pm 

    More info about the origins of the virus:

    “There are THREE distinct strains of the novel coronavirus in the world and while Europe is suffering from the original version, Chinese epidemic was driven by an early mutation“

  7. fwsmj on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 2:18 pm 

    supertrds, grate news

    Chad army says 52 troops, 1,000 jihadists killed in offensive

    US Navy working very hard to retrieeve 1000 muziz carcasses to bury at sea according to muzzie custom but they’re not muzzies

    mind blown

    anyways, pls change ur udnerwear after 5 days

  8. fwsmj on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 2:30 pm 

    death to muzzielove/beervirus/coronabeer is due to innate immunity overreaction to damages cause by virus. the point often emphasized is that both components of immunity must work together but due to lacking youthful stem cells B-cells in bone marrow, individuals can not adequate manufacture anibodies. this means innate immunity alone is left to defend against beervirus and its only known defense is destruction

  9. fwsmj on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 2:32 pm 

    d its only known defense is destruction
    reminds me of fuhrer destroying rairoads and bridges in defense of fatherland

  10. JuanPee is a lunatic on Thu, 9th Apr 2020 2:33 pm 

    More dumb fuck:

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