This fact is not because of some nefarious scheme by Capitalists. Many high energy systems cannot be built for 100% traffic.
Image an Interstate system big enough to carry all the cars. You'd have to pave the nation.
2. I can't concieve of the cost, bandwidth, and energy budget of a cell phone network that could carry 100% traffic. That one thing would eat the world.
It's not doable.
This is how high speed large scale systems work. All systems have operating parameters.
3. All the blaming and finger-pointing obscures the fact: these events are inherently outputs of this system.
Systems are a thing. The global high energy one is indescribably complex. I guarantee your government is planning what to do the day all the lights go out.
4. Each specific event, like the one in Texas now, has specific errors or human failings like greed wound into the chain of cause, but - it was available. Mathematically, Murphy is right. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, sooner or later. Complex systems are disruptable.
5. This is beyond capitalism - whatever is going on, world isms all seem to be all able to agree on the objective, which is to produce more stuff every day than the day before forever.
This requires ever more energy which expresses itself in ever more speed
6. which demands ever more inputs and generates ever more outputs which all have to be transported at increasing speeds over increasing distances to ever-larger facilities for distribution to people over ever larger areas.
And on, from there, to the landfill.
7. Whatever can go wrong.
If all of your staple foods, the foods you require to survive, are produced within one day's walk from where you live, your minimum carb, proteins, fats, no system failure can starve you.
If not, a transportation failure can starve you.
Whatever can.
8. Whatever can go wrong.
If you always have access to water without intervention by outside providers, you cannot die of thirst.
Whatever can go wrong.
This is not unrealistic. Hominids / humans lived this way for all of our millions of years on Earth except the last hundred.
9. If I was graduating from high school this year I wouldn't even *consider* college. I'd go to welding school, become a certified welder, and buy some land.
If somebody forgave my college debt, I'd do the same thing. Learn to weld, buy land. And donkeys.
Then blacksmithing.
10. I'd build myself a farm scale biochar facility with energy capture & use.
11. And I'd weld with gas. Not electricity. Unless I ran the electricity off my biochar production, which would be an option.
12. Buy some overgrown thorn tree abandoned farmland for cheap and power the system with donkeys and thorn trees while I replaced them with a food forest.
Get cash by welding.
Make donkey tools. Use them. Sell them.
Yes. Today. Starting young and fresh.
13. Up there in 8 I said hominids / humans lived this way, past tense.
Over half the humans on Earth live that way now. Within a day's walk of all their food and water. We're the outlier.
We call them poor. We make them poor. Not their lifeways. Everybody knows this.
14. People have been trying intentional communities since forever, best I can tell. The most successful ones that I know of are the aggregate groups of religious Old Orders - horsedrawn Christian communities - mostly in the USA.
15. My life would be a whole lot easier if even one farm within walking distance - a few miles - ran like mine does.
Not a commune, but a community.
It would require the optimism of youth.
I'd provide the land. But there's no house.
That's another story.
But - it's OK alone. OK
16. Whatever can go wrong. I just think America is so, so fragile.
YMMV.

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