I think it's plainly obvious to just about everyone out there that this society is dying.
The exceptions are the cheerleading "conservatives" who think that once we wipe out the deviants and poor people, everything will go back to the wonderful 1950s, forever. Not worth addressing right now.
There are also the techno-determinists that think that if we can hang on a bit longer without blowing ourselves up, technological advancement will save us. Nope. It is the application of technology that produces wealth, not technology itself. The current copyright wars should be evidence to this effect. Or the trap that the ruling class set for the internet purveyors. Or pollution.
What is to be done?
It is my belief that there is no possible solution that involves a keynesian/mixed-economy society
. It's not a matter of patching up something that is working pretty well. It's not going to work, at all, no matter what. We've eaten all the seed corn, just about. The past few years have been about trying to squeeze labor to continuously produce more and more wealth, to make up for the dead-weight losses. We can't intentionally create scarcity as a policy and expect to survive that way forever. And we can't go back to the 40s-50s. When TPTB initiated this game in the early 1900s, we had been generating and accumulating capital at a historic pace for about 100 years. Now, it's all almost gone. Only modern day pyramids and paper trails are left... the "wealthy" are playing a game where they basically just steal our labor power to keep themselves going. But we can't work 90 hours a week. Eventually something will give. We cannot tame the big corporations and make them "play nice". Their very size makes them steal just to stay afloat. We either kill them off or we trundle into Soviet-style economics, bread lines and all. Or both
, depending on how we do it. And the unions at this point are just Labor, Inc. Either GM, Boeing, Archer Daniels Midland and IBM (etc) must collapse or we will.
The neo-conservative answer is to literally go somewhere and steal capital from other countries. But that's not working so well anymore either. We've destroyed large portions of the world trying to do this and failing.
All those euro-socialist fantasies should go too. They are in the same boat as us, they are doing pretty much the same thing as we are, but tweaked differently. But they have the distinct advantage of not having had to spend as much on defense for the past 60 years. (War is about the worst thing you can possibly do to a society, even the "winners" in a war lose, except for the elite). So it will take more time, but they will completely fall apart too.
You can't get the magic wand. You can't make one central pattern work for millions of people, all different. And you can't force people to re-shape themselves to the pattern. What you gain in "efficiency", from those you can get to, you lose in creativity/division of labor/real production efficiency. And it's one of those things where, even if you win, you lose. A life where everyone is molded into a perfect citizen laboring tirelessly for the "common good", whatever the technocrats decide that is, is not a life.We have to learn that risk is ok
. Race car drivers face a lot of risk, but probably die less frequently in auto accidents than everyone else, because they adapt to that risk.
We have to accept the fact that we cannot guarantee jack shit to anyone
, but we can make conditions as favorable as possible to everyone, and trust them not to utterly fuck up. And that's it.
Bad things will sometimes happen to people. People will do bad things to each other. Guess what? Bad things are happening to people now, not only despite Control and Security, but more often, because of them
. A certain amount of BAD is inevitable. But the way to minimize it is to let go of trying to control it. That sounds nuts to modern Merkins, but it is really the only way.
The rest is up to us as individuals to adapt and figure shit out on our own.
Throughout history, with everything against us, we've always found a way to do that, nonetheless. If we stop creating roadblocks in our own path, there is no reason to think that we will not be able to do anything necessary to prosper and thrive. And then some...