Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
I really hate getting into the gloom and doom stuff, but I think it’s necessary. I see a major change coming down the road that will disrupt the lives of most of us. The world I see is one without oil. I have a sense of having no cars on the road; no people in the streets and some very large migrations by foot. Some areas empty out while others are overcrowded. The wasteful oil driven economy grinds pretty much to a halt. Part of this may come from catastrophic climate change.
Large numbers of people die for lack of medical care or proper food and water and occasional lawlessness. One of the largest problems is that so many people are completely unable to organize and fend for themselves. They cannot fix stuff, plant food, improvise and have no idea what preventative health care is. In other words, too many people lack the skills to survive in what has suddenly become a rural, agrarian economy. And with so many material things made to last only a while before breaking and no way to get new ones, many goods quickly become scarce. Guns and ammo become necessities. I have seen images of people with rifles patrolling the streets.
I have seen American economic refugees slogging along looking for someplace where they can get a job and settle down. Huge tent cities forming that are more dangerous for the inhabitants than they realize. People don’t understand that they have to spread out to survive.
I see this as a gradual collapse. It comes about slowly at first, and then speeds up as crucial infrastructure goes down. I don’t know exactly what causes this; only that it happens. We will not degrade into a Mad Max scenario. If anything, lawbreaking will go down as citizen enforcement gets particularly harsh and quick. Street gangs will evaporate as they find themselves suddenly hunted.
I have the feeling that money will either be all screwed up for awhile, either being too scarce or too plentiful. Either way, a barter economy of sorts will develop for some time until things turn around.
We will eventually go back to being a regular nation again, but things will be totally transformed, with the current power structure being completely rebuilt. We will have a far more socialist nation state with the usual bunch of conservative radicals sometimes turning violent. This will take a few years to settle down as it slowly dawns on them that things are better. There will be no room for an entirely elite class because the structure won’t allow it. We will go to a system that allows some people to have a little more instead of our current system of a-few-have-damned-near-everything.
We will dramatically scale back our military presence in the world, removing most of our bases and concentrating on just a few. The superpower status will be gone and we will be a large presence in the world, but ultimately just another nation among many. We will have enough military, not the excess we have now and the government will have an easier time being in the black.
Almost all of our energy will come from renewable resouces and mining will be kept to a minimum. The consumption will go way down. The goods will be better made as a rule since they now have to last. One of the things that will come out of this is that with the crash of the consumer economy, importing will come to a near standstill and never fully recover. We won’t have big companies dominating trade and so the incentive for shipping will diminish greatly.
We are not going to suddenly transition to this type of society. It will take many years and there will be fighting with our present elite class, who will be forced, sometimes at gunpoint, to give up their privilege. It is only when most of America has nothing left to lose that the collapse of our present system will be complete. It’s not going to be like the last Great Depression. This one is going to hurt a lot more and bring more fundamental change.