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Friday, January 20, 2017

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GOOD GREED 2
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A society doesn’t Collapse Early And Avoid The Rush.  Individuals should of course, but I’m sure very few of you have already voluntarily downgraded your life styles to closely mirror a world with far less energy.  Good Christ on a pogo stick, I can’t even talk you into riding a bicycle to save money, get into shape and prep for no fuel.  And yes, I know some of you transitioned to the boonies with a commute to work and the lesser evil is having a car.  I’m talking of the near unanimous fear and loathing almost every single one of you has of giving up your motorized transport.  Regardless of circumstances.  Do you understand how embarrassing that is?  When all of us blog writers meet up in Idaho, they are all like, dude, I thought your people were hard core survivalists-what’s up with the trying to drive through Peak Oil?  I stand there all red faced having no answer and then everyone laughs and goes to the firing range and shoots all their cool HK-91’s and drink iced teas their trophy wives made them, along with eating cucumber sandwiches. 

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Don’t worry, I won’t cancel anyone’s membership in the Bison Brigade.  If we were old school and I had your paper newsletter address it might be a different story, but of course most of you are anonymous.  Let’s just move on by agreeing it makes sense to transition early.  When every single empire in the history of the Agricultural Age has collapsed after population outpaced energy ( or collapsed prior to that as a casualty of war ), what could I or anyone else know about the coming collapse?  I mean, other than you won’t have enough resources to survive real soon now.  And the quicker you downgrade your lifestyle the more of a stockpile you can have  to insure yourself ( with the caveat that your “insurance company” might still go teats up ).   So let’s move on to Kicking The Can.  Every human group ( and every animal ) acts the same way.  They breed past carrying capacity and then die off. 

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To think otherwise deserves the Hubris Of The Millennium Award.  We are ALL reindeer on a small island or microbes in a Petri dish.   We all breed like the soil/food/water/fuel/oil supply is infinite.  Look at your boss, expecting you to complete an extra infinite amount of tasks, in less time, for less money ( and THAT, right friggin there, speaks volumes uncountable in favor of having Unions ).  They truly have no problem believing in Growth Uber Alles.  Growth Forever And Ever, Amen.  And those are the supposedly educated ones.  This is how our feces flinging monkey tribe acts.  That This Time Is Different, that history is humbug.  That Our Tribe Is Bestest.  And the main culprit?  Greed.  Perhaps?  Yes?  Every swinging cheese dingus is greedy and thinks only of themselves.  It is easy and even required that in times of infant empire, social cohesion trumps greed.  There is enough for everyone ( everyone is still greedy, but a surplus allows the luxury of being both greedy and cooperative ).  You can look at our culture with its ZERO cohesion and readily conclude The End Is Nigh. 

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And greed ensures the rotted edifice survives just a smidge longer.  Greed, being a survival mechanism, benefit’s the survival of the fittest.  When everyone panics and does stupid crap like kills the oceans with Gore Warming ( let’s just set aside any issues of the warming being man made.  I see a  broken ocean conveyor off our east coast telling me ocean salinity is diluted.  Who gives a crap who caused the Artic to melt-it is a done deal ) to either profit themselves or wallow in the last days of luxury, the harm has already been done.  The point has already been reached where environmental destruction from overpopulation has occurred.  At this point, a society has no choice but to keep up the destruction to keep feeding everyone ( not that this works-so perhaps one should say Feed As Many As Possible To Keep Rebellion At Bay As Long As Possible ).  Overpopulation CAUSES soil loss.  By the time food production declines, there are already too many people around.  Baked into the cake.  So greedy businessmen find ways to stretch food out to feed everyone ( sawdust in McDonalds and everything frozen convenience food-wise ).  Greedy government workers, desperate to save their jobs, borrow unplayable loans to keep things going longer.  Everyone is motivated to wring more resources out of the place to keep Business As Usual going. 

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It does no good to call for a moratorium on resource use.  One, the die-off is already guaranteed.  Two, greed will ensure that the unscrupulous and immoral will survive, which means that to ensure enough survivors to continue the species, you can’t cooperate but must enter into conflict.  Three, human nature is confrontational anyway.  Greed is just a facilitator.  You’ve heard the saying, “why share my years supply of food with 100 people.  We all eat for half a week and then all die.  By hoarding my food I survive.  The other way, we ALL die with no survivors.”  Now, put that into a global context.  The 1% survival rate ensures species survival.  All the greedy humpers putting off the collapse a little while longer through greed, they are helping the few to survive.  Both by allowing training in slight deprivation to acclimate behavior and allowing stockpiling by the paranoid ( after the collapse starts, the ruthless stockpile by force- another species survival mechanism ). 

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Those writers advocating early collapse to husband resources fail to take into account the positive survival aspects of greed.  All poor human behavior has a flipside survival mechanism.  Being forced to live with a bad spouse helps the children.  Being forced to give unto Caesar means you won’t lose all your wealth to outsiders.  Eating high up the food chain feeds our brains caloric requirement.  And being greedy means rather than all of us dying, some will survive.

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10 comments:

  1. I'm a bad Bison Prepper but to be fair, should everything go Pear Shaped for moi personally I intend to divest myself of everything and go full Bison Minion mode. I have the blue print. I have the expensive parts (for the most part) and those expensive parts aren't sought after by TPTB. A wheat grinder? Pfft. They can't take my firearms thanks to our draconian laws (they're registered to me and me alone. Only the Po Po can take them).

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    1. Having nothing either the neighbors or the govt wants is the key.

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    2. "Having nothing either the neighbors or the govt wants is the key."
      well... not nothing, just nothing worth the effort of taking forcefully. You want something to bribe them off with (the neighbors more so than the government). That way they see you as minimally useful as long as left alone. Skills are good for this, even just brute labor, which is why herbalism, brewing, etc. Simple skills that make your current day to day life a little better, can easily be taught to those who want to bother, but aren't worth doing by those who have better/ more profitable things to do.
      Living in a barely adequate shack, on land not worth the legal hassle of taking, using the cheapest transportation that can fulfil your needs, etc.
      And most of all not being a burden but a MINOR asset to the local community will see to it that you mostly get left alone by everyone.

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    3. Okay, granted, to a crackhead anything worth $5 is valuable. So, "have nothing MOST would want."

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  2. OK, I just stepped in your blog for the first time today. I enjoy a lot of what I'm reading, but haven't yet determined on what your fascination with us running out of energy is based. Hate to break it to you... we have like 300 years of so-called fossil fuels available to us. Plenty of time to develop new technology.

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    1. Ah, NO! We don't have 30 years left, let alone 300. Look up "EROEI". If you are serious and not just baiting me, please feel free to continue commenting or e-mail me ( jimd303@reagan.com ) and I'd be happy to elaborate. And of course, please continue reading regardless.

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    2. I wasn't baiting you, although I am a master baiter. Finally looked up your suggested search term; I get it. Found a very explanatory article on the concept, the summation of which is:

      "If our problem is a shortage of fossil fuels, fossil fuel EROEI analysis is ideal for determining how to best leverage our small remaining fossil fuel supply... If our problem isn’t really a shortage of fossil fuels, EROEI is much less helpful."

      I would read more on the subject, but I find reading the phone book more interesting.

      I posit that we have 100s of years of fossil fuels available. If people want it, they'll have to pay for it. If they don't, they will die. Until we develop other viable options.

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    3. Love the first sentence. Yep, this kind of stuff is boring as hell, like economics or moth, unless you dig it. I stipulate that while we might have a lot of oil left, all of poor quality-but probably only decades-if we can't run our economies on poor oil ( as opposed to cheap and rich quality ) we go belly up. We could muddle through, I just take the worse case scenario.

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    4. Appreciate your replies. I do find the debate, if it can be called that, interesting. Still gobs of oil, not to mention natural gas and coal, to be used. I get what you are saying, though. Rather than the acronym EROEI though, I change it in my mind to the simpler and more widely-known "ROI," return on investment.

      Will sign with my fake name so at least you know it's me,

      Big___Al

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    5. This is an old issue. You know you are right, as do I, and never the twain shall meet. As a pessimist I can't change an optimists mind. I'm not preaching to the choir, either. Rather, I'm trying to get the fence sitters to embrace fear and loathing. The previous reply should have said "math" not "moth".

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