Published on the Doomstead Diner on January 10, 2016
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Discuss this Rant at the Diner TV Table inside the Diner
Week 1 of 2016 turned out incredibly eventful in the World of Collapse, and as a result I shelved my usual text based Sunday Brunch article in favor of a RANT on the ongoing CLUSTERFUCK. Carnage like we had in the last week simply cannot be adequately treated in an text based blog. The article I did have planned for Sunday Brunch I will publish sometime this week or maybe next weekend, a response to some issues brought up in the lead off Weather Gone Wild ™ episode.
The financial end of Collapse appears to be rapidly accelerating now, and may be at the point Central Bank interventions cannot contain the problem, which as I reinforce regularly is not really a monetary problem at all, but rather a resource depletion & population overshoot problem. Printing more fiat, extending more credit to the uber-rich, flipping to Gold as currency, none of these things can work to resolve resource depletion and population overshoot. Only depopulation can resolve those problems, which is why all the wars are breaking out over the resources. No aggregate population willingly depopulates, although increasing suicide rates within populations are a common outcome. This has been the case in Greece, and is also now apparent in Alberta in Canada as the Tar Sands play goes bust. Wars diminish population and continue until some sort of balance is achieved with the resources in the environment. Given the current level of resource depletion relative to population size, you can expect the wars to continue onward here for quite some time to come, although the profile may change in terms of international conflicts vs civil wars and high tech battles vs trebuchets and atl-atls over time.
In any event, Week 1 of 2016 saw a major escalation on all levels, particularly the financial one, which as it continues inexorably toward final collapse will drive all the rest of the civilization structures toward collapse as well. Insulating yourself against these oncoming calamities as best you can remains the priority for individuals and small communities as collapse plays itself out.
Also, in case you missed it, here's the recap from 2015 moving into this Clusterfuck