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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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BLACK APACHE

Today we talk not about a cool looking attack helicopter but about placing yourself in another’s shoes so you might envision what the Apocalypse has in store for you.  As Americans we have a really hard time even defining reality, let alone agreeing we should accept its existence.  Imagine if you were born in the northeast to educated parents who while no longer Rockefeller rich certainly are never going to have any troubles paying the heating bill.  They went to Ivy League schools and are in the upper percentile earners, and you will be doing the same.  Your primary schools were structured to keep out the riffraff, as is your property tax supported well funded police force.  It isn’t as if you have a butler or maid, and it isn’t as if you will be doing anything else but working like an sixty-five hour a week dog, but just from your surroundings and inherent opportunities there is a certain disconnect between your life and a bigger reality surrounding you but kept at arms length.  You are a bit clueless about how the other 90% lives.  You might play at being ghetto with the lingo and music, but all White Bread kids do that as a rebellious statement to their parents, too ignorant in their short time on earth to recognize that their guardians might be displaying a survival trait rather than a lazy ignorance. 

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You will probably be listening to Rush Limbaugh, the darling of the working moneyed class who advocated starving the poor if they can’t find a job so that your already low tax rate is reduced further.  After all, if you didn’t work, how will America stay great?  The poor can serve in the military to safeguard your corporation who will use the subsidized commodities from around the world, and the poor can pay the taxes for that military because they were too lazy to go to school to be as smart as you and so your superior social class was earned by you.  If the poor want to avoid being cannon fodder ( contrary to the propaganda that the all volunteer army is so well trained they can’t ever die, the military is not something you turn down in flyover country if you ever want a career or even a first job, and low mortality rates are mainly achieved by selective engagement and air strike achieved civilian famine and disease, not by training on par with college educations or corporation retreats ) or paying too many taxes, they merely need to be as smart as both Rush and your average 10%er offspring. 

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Or so they tell themselves.  And any of us who will listen ( going by the average Limbaugh advertisement, most listeners are old and frail and on the verge of dying before they can cash in their Rush approved investments, but back in my day all the young gung-ho ladder climbing pseudo-Libertarians  loved to listen ).  Now, you and I, older by a generation, can easily pick apart all the fallacies in the above example.  We’ll congratulate ourselves on being smarter and wiser, which we are, but then miss the entire big picture.  Because even if we are more reality centered, more aware, we still suffer from the same mental blinders as Eric Eastcoast.  We still are looking from a position of privilege and don’t see it.  We don’t see it because we think we have it bad compared to the 10%.  Well, almost all Americans ( aside from most Blacks and most reservation Indians [ those without casinos ] ) have it better than most of the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world mostly has it much better than 99% of people throughout history ( apart from some Ebola Country populations or massacred refugees ). 

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So how can most of us have even the remotest inkling of how life will really be like after a collapse?  Even our fiction is totally discolored by our privilege.  More Next Article.

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9 comments:

  1. Find a homeless person - now picture their lives without soup kitchens, shelters, or donated clothes. That is the best option for urban dwellers.
    Find a subsistence farmer - now picture their lives without any outside support at all; no fuel, no electric, no water purifiers, no tp, no food stamps for the drought years, etc. That is the best option for rural inhabitants.

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  2. Excellent!

    Psychology, I love this shit. Bring it!

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  3. BTW - because this is a global civilization and at the highest ever apex of technology (energy use) this time is different than any other collapse.
    most of our historical collapses had outside entities/empires to trade with to some small extent to make up the lack of the little essentials (think sewing needles and salt). This time there might not be an outside entity intact enough to trade with. trade might not just whither but actually die out completely for an extended (generational) time when it finally fails.
    Which means that there wont even be castoffs like the poor blacks, Indians, and others who lived outside the empires of old still get today (Nike T-shirts on the refugees of the Sudan, etc....)

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    1. Wasn't the Dark Ages primarily due to lack of trade? Fantasies of Sunday Go To Town Barter might be misplaced.

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    2. Yes the dark ages had a serious decline in trade, though it is hard to say which was cause and which was effect - political and military collapse vs. economic and trade.
      Here is an article that illustrates my point about trade/industrialization failure hurting the poor:
      http://beforeitsnews.com/survival/2015/12/surviving-poverty-part-2-staying-warm-on-the-streets-2595566.html
      Every single bit of their advice is for the homeless where plastic and paper is in such vast supply that the homeless can get it for free as trash. But as energy and other resources contract paper and plastic are going to be reused and recycled and made more expensive to the point it is no longer treated like trash. Then what are the poor supposed to use? I guarantee the poor of today will look like the middle class of the future. How long before the trash of today is looked upon with envy is the only question - I bet it is a shorter time than most of us expect.

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    3. Just look at the still functioning book industry. Fluffy light weight paper going for more than the old heavy paper volumes. Of course, the book industry consolidated ton the point of no profit, but I still think you can see paper already becoming dear ( look at TP doubling in price ).

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  4. While no one can speculate what a collapsed future will look like in detail we have a general idea that it will be overall. Knowledge will survive even if its books found in a pit of a deranged hermit in the Nevada. We will never have luxuries as we have today but we will have trade and low cost technology alternatives' to what we have today. Collapse will be followed by die off which will change the number of rich and poor but it will not change the percentage's much. We should all remember the difference between a slow collapse and sudden event is huge. In a sudden event we all become animals its a survival trait.

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    1. The devil is indeed in the details, so of course we try anyway.

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  5. Yankee- sorry, your comment was deleted for dropping The N Bomb. Sure, comments are not as free and colorful as before, but I can't waste all of my time running down and deleting offensive comments months after they were made, under threat of site cancelation. And I can't waste all my time playing around trying to manage non-point and click hosting sites. If I posted daily at my web site I'd need to pay more as traffic increased and I don't get paid enough to have overhead. Besides, I'm a writer, not a programmer or editor. We all had fun with free ranging comments, but I had to pay the price.

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I must moderate-trust me. You don't want to see what happens otherwise. Sometimes it takes awhile to respond as I only check two or three times a day. No N-Bombs, nothing to get me libeled. Otherwise, have at it. If you criticize me, make sure to praise my hair first.