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I've taken the liberty of cross posting WilliB's post here from the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. Any recs you want to give should be given to him there.


And that is indeed the dilemma. At this point we individuals are trying to bail out the Titanic with a teacup.

Sure, I've installed solar panels and all that. But I know quite well where this is going. So I'm planting fruit trees and trying to improve the soil on our half-acre suburban lot, attempting to establish a permaculture garden, because I have three grandsons. I really have no idea what they will face, so I'm just thinking, "Well, this couldn't hurt," and that's what I'm doing. I wish we were in a more walkable neighborhood, but that was beyond my pay grade.

The notion that we can go live like colonial pioneers is crazy. Most of the colonial pioneers couldn't even live like colonial pioneers--see Jamestown. Around here, after the depression, even squirrels had almost disappeared. Sure right now we are overrun with deer, but one year of food scarcity would take care of that problem right quick. As for foraging in the woods, well, not a whole lot actually grows in the woods. You can only go so far with blackberries. Back in my impoverished days we did do a lot of foraging, but that only works if no one else is doing it, and it doesn't work all that well even then. You can't support an urban population with a rainforest lifestyle, even if you happen to have a rainforest, which we don't.

So my personal strategy has been to live in a area that will be one of the last to be abandoned by civilization and to try and make the best of it there, trying to maximize survival chances for future generations. I'm hoping that human beings will squeak by on this one, but I don't think that's a sure thing.
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