In the first two parts of this series, I took a look first at the Past of Money,
as it developed from its beginnings at the Dawn of Agriculture; then at the
present of Money as a proxy for Oil and the energy resource of Industrial
society. This final part of the series is a speculation on the Future of Money
in the dark days ahead in the near term. There will be no “Better Tomorrow”
until Money in its entirety is banished from Human consciousness, and that time
is a long ways off still. In the world of the ongoing collapse or “Long
Emergency”, money of some sort will still play its role in the distribution of
disappearing resources and consolidation of ever diminishing power.
This is of course a completely speculative post, there is no History upon which
to base it. We are breaking new ground in this collapse dynamic becasue of the
synergy between a collapsing monetary system and the collapse of the resource
base measured against the size of the current human population. The results are
needless to say quite Ugly, but it is worthwhile to noodle them out, in order to
find the possible path or paths which can take the Survivor (or more likely his
great-great-great-grandchildren) to find the true Light at the End of the
The first thing which appears likely to me is that “Cash” or cash equivalents
will go the way of the Dinosaur inside all the “wired” economies, and all
transactions will go electronic. “Anonymous” money is difficult to Tax and can
move across borders too easily. While the Large Nation-States we know today
will fracture, this won’t be the end of the State, just merely a fracturing into
many smaller ones manipulated by Transnational Corporations issuing their own
money for the population to buy the products they still offer out for general
The smaller states will be easily manipulated as their populations are desperate
for just the Basics of Living, food, water and shelter. “Signing Up” for the
new Electronic Money will allow these smaller states to stay in the Loop and
still receive the ever diminishing number of products the Corporate entities
have to offer. The only way to have “Credits” deposited to you electronic
account will be to have some sort of Job either with the State or with one of
the major Corporations working transnationally to move goods around the world,
in ever diminishing amounts. It will be all but impossible to run any sort of
Small Bizness, first off because very few people will have surplus income to buy
anything a small biz might offer, and second off because the only way they could
pay for it in Money would be through electronic funds transfer which will Tax
the individual entrepreneur of all possible profit from running a small biz.
Only the tiniest of Barter Biznesses can escape this trap, and those that do
exist will have to work covertly.
During this period, those areas of the world not wired will be joined by other
locations recently wired but not part of the “core” as their electrical
infrastructure is left to rot, their Cell Towers no longer function and they
cannot pass about electronic bits for doing commerce. These areas of the world
will fall into extreme deprivation, and Billions will die of Hunger. These
places won’t need Concentration Camps, the whole COUNTRY will be a Concentration
Camp. However, in those countries that have Resources (Oil) the Corporations
need to continue on the electronic Money “Boutique” economy, Hunger probably
doesn’t kill off the population fast enough, so Genocidal Wars will be
undertaken in these countries to rid them of the indigenous population. You
can’t leave the Have Nots alive in a given area to do mischief on your Oil
Production facilities. To effect this Genocide, likely for a while the
Corporations will pull out of these areas, taking all their Key Personnel with
them. After that, these areas will be sprayed with Biological Agents such as
Anthrax to rapidly kill off the Civilian Population. Once depopulated,
corporations will send back in teams to bring back online Oil Production
facilities. Of course, during the Die Off, many of these facilities will be
damaged beyond repair, and the Oil Fields will burn uncontrolled for years.
Inside the Core Countries, the number of people the Corporations can or will
choose to service will also grow increasingly smaller, but it will be
surreptitious and slower in their Desaparecido. In these countries, the Poor
will be swept off the streets and out of the Homeless Shelters into
Concentration Camps, until these places can hold no more and more permanent disposal becomes necessary.
The overall effect here will be to vastly depopulate the planet while still
maintaining a Core of locations sprinkled around the globe which will stay
inside the Loop of Corporate benificence, and as long as you can make yourself
useful to this system in some way, you’ll be able to earn enough Corporate Money
to survive and feed your family. You’ll probably have rules on when you can
procreate also, and if you accidentally violate them and your wife becomes
pregnant a second time, she’ll be required to have an Abortion, or else you will
lose your job with the Corporation and you and the rest of your family will get
a one way ticket to the Human Waste Reprocessing facility in San Antonio.
The effect of this shrinkage for so long as it can be Managed Efficiently (not
very long likely) is that many currently populated areas will be depopulated and
the number of Enforcers Da Goobermint will send out to these areas will become
fewer all the time. The corporate machine will retract back to plains areas
good for industrial farming to support a few Big Shitties run on the remaining
Oil they extract from depopulated areas of the world with good Oil Resource. The
“Money” of the electronic digibits they use to maintain this system will
continue to function, albeit shrinking all the time in what it can produce at
It is at some point late in this game that the individual could return to the
vacated areas and make a go of it, once the Military component has shrunk down
to merely enough to protect remaining Oil Production facilities and Industrial
Ag land and keep Order in the Big Shities they keep running through this period.
In the medium term though, going out to live off the land isn’t real possible in
most places, as any Rogue Individuals out there pose a Danger to the Core and
the Oil Production facilities. So as long as they have enough Soldiers and Bio
Weapons, they’ll periodically go out and “cleanse” these areas of any local
In order to Survive this period for how long as it lasts, the best way is to to
become a part of either the Local Goobermint of your neighborhood or become an
Apparatchik of one of the major Transnational Corporations. Surviving out on
the Periphery will be almost impossible through this period, though not entirely
impossible if you go out far enough so you pose no danger to the general
infrastructure. I don’t think Bushmen in the Kalahari or Inuit in Nunavut are
in any more danger than they usually are. Short of that though, individuals
trying to maintain independent subsitence lives closer to the core are likely to
be periodically sprayed with Anthrax to keep their population down.
How LONG does this period of Extreme Fascism last here? That is a matter for
conjecture, a lot depends on how quickly remaining Oil resource is expended in
the international and local Wars for hegemony over the remaining resource. It
depends on how much salvageable high EROEI Oil is left after these first major
wars are “completed”. The Timeline in the aftermath of the major wars could go
anywhere from 20 years to a few Centuries.
In the very long term, the Core will become very small, all the logistics
involved with moving around the Oil will become impossible with the small
population remaining, and what is left of the population of Hom Sapiens will
migrate outward again, without fear that they will be periodically sprayed with
Anthrax in Death from Above. How long before that time arrives? At least a
Century IMHO, though with a real big War here it could come faster than that.
For anyone CURRENTLY alive, you first off want to be in a location that the Core
will Protect, and second off you have to find some means of being Useful to
either corporate or Goobermint Employers to avoid falling off the cliff.
Developing good Barter skills and having something worth Bartering can help here
during this period, such as learning to Bootleg Whisky as my Grandpa did.
Likely to be a good deal more DANGEROUS this go round then it was in Grandpa’s
time when it was already pretty dangerous, but still possible.
Really your Job here through this period is not one of trying to figure out how
to destroy the system, because the system is going to destroy itself. Neither
is your job to Kill others to maintain your lifestyle, since others will die off
by the truckload here no matter what. Your JOB is simply to figure out the best
means of SURVIVAL while everybody around you is DIEING. If you can make it
THROUGH the Zero Point, if you or your progeny can SURVIVE long enough,
eventually the playing field will be level enough again to build a Better
Tomorrow, but that will definitely NOT come in our lifetimes.
Here in the FSofA, you are actually Positioned Better than most places on Earth.
The FSofA is essentially the Belly of the Beast, in control of the Big Ass
Military. For so long as this Military machine holds its Integrity, you do NOT
want to be on the Other side. How LONG here this military retains its integrity
is an open question. I would give it no more than 5 years after a major War
with Iran over their Oil fields is undertaken. Once integrity is lost in the
Military, its all a Crapshoot after that.
Keep your head down, develop numerous means of surviving in different
circumstances, stay ahead of the curve and remain as flexible as you can in your
location and your ethics also. SURVIVE! Do you HEAR me? (channelling Hawkeye
here) Do whatever it takes, and keep your Ethics Negotiable. You only make the
Ethical fight when your back is to the WALL. Then, and only then do you GO
BALLISTIC. You take NO PRISONERS. You go all out in a Blaze of Glory, firing
on all cylinders to take out just as many as you can before you go to the Great
Beyond. You will go to Everlasting glory in the Kingdom of Heaven.
See You on the Other Side.