By Steve Thomas
Speaking Truth to Power
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
[While I do not personally agree with everything in this article, I believe much of it is useful to ponder. My personal preference is a more conscious preparation than Thomas offers, for example, the strategies of the Transition Town movement.–CB]
Reprinted from ANTHROPIK NETWORK
That we are approaching the collapse is largely beyond debate. It is unnecessary to give a detailed examination here of the factors by which the collapse may come about. My purpose, instead, is twofold:
1. To explore the form the collapse may take; that is, to speculate on what we will actually experience as global industrial civilization crumbles, and more importantly
2. To explore how we may hope to create and perpetuate egalitarianism in a state of civilizational collapse.
What to Expect
How will we know the collapse is upon us? The warning signs may be here already. We have already written of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as possibly the “opening shots”? in the collapse of the oil infrastructure. We will probably learn this winter whether we are correct.
However, it is very unlikely that there is going to be a point at which we can say “Yes, civilization is collapsing.? That is, it is very unlikely that there will be a sudden, thief-in-the-night disintegration of all of this society’s political and economic infrastructure. What we are likely to see, in the near term, is escalation of the current spate of war and oppression, until the point at which they become untenable.