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The System Will Not Return To “Normal”…And That’s Good, We Can Do Better

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The pandemic is revealing to all what many of us have known for a long time: the status quo was designed to fail and so its failure was not just predictable but inevitable.

We’ve propped up a dysfunctional, wasteful and unsustainable system by pouring trillions of dollars in borrowed money down a multitude of ratholes to avoid a reckoning and a re-set. And very predictably, that’s the “solution” to the unraveling triggered by the pandemic: borrow more trillions and pour most of it down the same old ratholes.

Here’s what we should be talking about: the entire global system desperately needs a re-set. We can do better, and we should do better. That’s what I’ve been writing about for the past 12 years.

To further the discussions we should be having about doing betterI’m cutting 30% off the price of seven of my books: ebooks are now $5, print books are now $10.

Every book has a free summary/sample page where you can find out more about the contents.

What better way to spend the weeks/months of lockdown than reading about the better future we need and deserve? To buy a book, click on the cover below:

The Nearly Free University and The Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education Reconnecting higher education, livelihoods and the real economy

This book outlines ways we can provide a superior college education for 10%-20% of the current (unaffordable) cost.

Why Things Are Falling Apart and What We Can Do About It

Our financial-political-social system has been rotten to the core for two decades. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Resistance, Revolution, Liberation: A Model for Positive Change

The credo of liberation:

“I no longer care if the power centers of our society–the distant, fortified castles of our financial feudal system are changed by my actions, for I am liberated by the act of resistance. I am no longer complicit in perpetuating fraudulent feudalism and the pathology of concentrated power. I no longer covet signifiers of membership in the Upper Caste that serves the plutocracy. I am liberated from self-destructive consumerist-State financialization and the delusion that debt servitude and obedience to sociopathological Elites serve my self-interests.”

An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times

Written 9 years ago, the precepts of social capital and controlling your capital are even more relevant today.

A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful

We desperately need a profound re-set on the way we work, pay for work and prioritize what work gets done.

Pathfinding our Destiny: Preventing the Final Fall of Our Democratic Republic

Our political system and the economy it controls both need to be decentralized and relocalized.

Will You Be Richer or Poorer?: Profit, Power and A.I. in a Traumatized World

The promise of technology has been harnessed to widen the immense gaps in wealth and power between the super-rich and the rest of us. It doesn’t have to be this way: AI and technology could restore some balance to an ecologically endangered world if we change the predatory economic-political power structure.

If you want a dash of escapist fiction, you might like The Adventures of the Consulting Philosopher.

Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog

10 Comments on "The System Will Not Return To “Normal”…And That’s Good, We Can Do Better"

  1. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 6:04 pm 

    Corona planet. Ghost town Amsterdam, voice PM Mark Rutte:

  2. makati1 on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 6:04 pm 

    Yes, the world after this lock-down exercise will be a lot different, I think. A negative different. Less of everything and a contracted globalization.

    Retirement for anyone not already retired will be almost impossible, just like it always was for most of the world’s population. Welcome to reality Amerikans! It’s a bitch! .

    I’m watching the shake-out from the far shores. Got lots of popcorn.

  3. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 6:13 pm 

    What happened to Joe Biden?


  4. Davy on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 6:31 pm 

    “Retirement for anyone not already retired will be almost impossible, just like it always was for most of the world’s population. Welcome to reality Amerikans! It’s a bitch! .”

    LMFAO, makato, no more retirement for you and I imagine when SHTF over there in your overpopulated island you are on then you will come back to the US with your tail between your leg like a wounded fool you are.

  5. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 4:33 am 

    the jews are to blame we should oven them now

  6. Abraham van Helsing on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 6:19 am 

    “the jews are to blame we should oven them now”

    Mobster has posted that message under several nicks, now even under his own. Should give you a clear indication of how desperate he is about the prospect that his NWO (=the entire world in the pockets of jewish oligarchs) has any chance of succeeding. It hasn’t. Kosher endgame.

    The German language empire “news” outlet der Spiegel more or less admits defeat:

    “Weitreichende Veränderungen der politischen Ordnung”

    (Far-reaching changes in the political order)

    Populists and “autocrats” are winning everywhere. The George Soros “One World, One Nation” idea, is over.

    That’s the good news about corona.

    Haha, they now even have border blockades between libtard Holland and libtard Belgium:

    The only border that remains open is between Holland and Germany because of the immense stream of goods coming from Rotterdam into the European hinterland of 440 million.

  7. Abraham van Helsing on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 7:16 am 

    Spain is rapidly becoming the new Italy. Hospitals overwhelmed, patients on the floor:

    462 dead yesterday.

  8. Abraham van Helsing on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 7:20 am 

    Just in from Spain, new revolutionary mouth masks. Add some vitamin C to your breath:

  9. Nobody on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 9:02 am 

    People need lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, zinc, vitamins, magnesium etc.

  10. Sissyfuss on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 10:27 am 

    The system has never been normal,it has always been in flux and, unfortunately it is now reversing it’s direction from growth towards a more downward trajectory. People are finding out that the laws of Nature cannot be superceded by the laws of Man.

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