Thank you and thanks for the link, Jazzbo. It's sending me to YouTube, here:
Here's to the Heartland. I am in the Mojave myself, and my cactus and mesquite are crops and not weeds.
I don't think our situation is hopeless at all, Jazzbo, only ominous and critical and misunderstood. Our rulers imagine wrongly that they and perhaps we are better off for their having power, and they sacrifice solutions to maintain and extend that. Left to do it, they will make the worst of almost every situation.
Honestly, I find solution for most all of this within and around the permaculture movement. It is quite clear how we may have grass and trees, and bushes and vines and ponds and streams and sweet, comfortable, herb-smelling homes as well. There is really no great sacrifice to make and no great pleasure to abjure to accomplish this.
However, the rulers of nation-states and the global economy provide a great obstacle. The usual response of post-manufacturing societies to small, independent economies is what we have called genocide.
We have to disassemble Western Society, and we are going to have to be fairly specific about it: it is explosive. I will compare it to disassembling a nuclear warhead, but in truth those will be but one small part of it.
Part of it, I think, is that we need the solidarity to not get shot or bombed as we construct a new economy, and we need the new economy to allow our dissenters to free themselves from the work-spend-owe cycle.