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The Megamachine and the Roots of the Planetary Crisis

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/03/megamachine-and-roots-planetary-crisis


The so-called “nanny state” is run for the sole benefit of the rich.


Good article. A bit scary and eye opening, but it does not have any solid examples. For instance–if banks fail, who owns our homes? Do we stay in them? Will we still have government? What will happen to the elderly if Social Security is no longer available? If goods are not manufactured and imported from foreign countries, and if use of fossil fuels are eliminated, how are goods produced–as in those needed to survive. Do we all grow our own food?

My brain cannot conceive of all the changes necessary to insure the survival of “civilization.” I think that’s why many people just don’t want to think of this!

I agree with the author though. Change is needed. We are in a dire predicament in our world–the end is truly near.


We must get rid of money. We must unlearn.
What else must go? You ponder deep thoughts.

Let’s thought experiment:
No more money…

-Who owns our homes? Do we stay in them?
you own the space of your existence right?
yes, its your home, you stay.

-Will we still have government?
Without money and the related power, what’s the point of it?

I think, for the most part government will transition back to the original small tribal type of governments of groups in proximity.

Most things are going to manage themselves from within the group(s). Natural leaders will rise to the occasion or needs of a situation, similar to a fore-person in the trades, experience teaches the novice.

In a macro sense, I believe people will become the utopian individuals with natural group think or/ and group awareness when all the problems of society have been solved.

-What will happen to the elderly if Social Security is no longer available?
Is that money?

-how are goods produced–as in those needed to survive?
What is NEEDED? perhaps a list is a good place to start.

-Do we all grow our own food?
Those that want to will.

Everyone will want to do something.

Think of a problem, a situation, a scenario.
There is a person or persons for that.

Q: who is going to work the store / shops?
A: someone will

Q: who is going to make / grow the stuff?
A: someone will

The transitional period will be uneasy for some as they look for purpose in life.


It’s my opinion that most people - at their core - are utopians.

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Every state is run for the benefit of the governed

That is because it is more comfortable than being realists

The Cliff-Notes version, from Scheidler’s spellbinding conclusion:

The chaotic phase that awaits us will entail a cascade of bifurcations (large and small) for several decades. It can lead us to complete collapse or to a more just society that will have learned to cooperate with nature instead of destroying it.

Uh… okay, I guess. Excuse me a moment – I gotta go talk to a man about a bifurcation.

LOL You cannot be serious.

I forgot to add the {s}. Thanks for the catch!

No the problem will be in unteaching most people that the primary purpose of their existence is: “to produce wealth for other people.”


The Indigenous peoples call it "Wetiko " a disease and sickness of the mind.

It’s a primitive conciousness non thinking technological civilisation only bent on progress.

Its progress towards our own demise if we don’t wake up.
Advanced technology without advanced thinking leads to demise not advancement. We forced and assimilated Indigenous peoples of the Earth who had highly evolved Cultural understandings to what we thought was the dominant and superior culture .
This belief is the great illusion.


Scene from My Dinner With Andre:

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The future must involve altruism. Altruism must win over the selfish. By selfish I do not mean a stingy person; I mean a person who does not look outward to the future of us all, but looks inward to only themselves and their small group. — from the deep wood of the Species’ Forest, Conway, Massachusetts, the only 501(3)(3) land trust with an ethical vegan board of directors (Dick Stafursky, Brattleboro, Vermont)


Climate change poses the biggest challenge for the plutocrats – so we have denial, inaction, and time killing cosmetic initiatives. Capitalism will happily settle for one big blaze before we go unless “we the people” protest.
“We the people” in other words society, from the Latin verb –soci/o – to unite, share, associate.
This article talks of social movements and social transitions but somehow avoids the word Socialism.


If the fires throughout the world this year is indicative of our new normal, then I don’t see how the author expects mankind to survive and make concessions for the next several decades.

"The chaotic phase that awaits us will entail a cascade of bifurcations (large and small) for several decades."

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Not really…unless you’re one of those who chose permanent adolescence, most of what this machine has to offer is superficial, repetitive, and intellectually deadening. Some of us are discovering that under covid…we’re scared, but actually happier with less running about.

And things won’t all collapse at once; nor will everybody wait for the machine to fail…some are turning it off already. Efforts at regenerative agriculture are underway all over the world…solar isn’t giving natural gas a run for its money as if by magic, people have been investing, installling, researching in solar for decades now.

Current societies aren’t monoliths. More of us need to JOIN THE RESISTENCE…rather than sitting on these machines opining…lots of us own land we’ve turned into invasive green spaces…plow the damn lawns up and plant something edible. Lot’s of us have money squirreled a way…remember that parable of the talents and DO something useful with it before you croak.

Activism NOW. Leave the yaktivism to the soon to be dead…what matters is living now, as if Life were Precious. It is.



The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L’homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953.


Simply written, but powerful and unforgettable, The Man Who Planted Trees is a parable for modern times. In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an effort to reforest his desolate region. Not even two world wars can keep the shepherd from continuing his solitary work. Gradually, this gentle, persistent man’s work comes to fruition: the region is transformed; life and hope return; the world is renewed.


Astute analysis, recognizing that most of what lies ahead cannot be known in advance. That word “purpose” is tricky, precisely because it is usually taken to mean something on the order of !!Purpose!!, some overarching something outside of ourselves, other than life itself, and usually at the unseen expense of other entities. Ironically the “discipline” called “economics” (Greek: “care for the household”) acknowledges the existence of “externalities,” costs and occasionally benefits of given “purposes,” but quickly papered over and forgotten.

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Since this stupid site does not allow links, google salvatierra dispossesed for an overview of a civilization without money

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