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The level of misery represented today by the strategy "survive Until--" cannot be stated; It must be felt.
A good idea in more affluent times becomes, after a huge amount of work, a marginal endeavor in the post-bubble world, which devolves into a desperate struggle in the face of fading hope, when the hard reality of the "New Normal" sinks in.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 at 10:46:42 PM EST
My grandfather, who successfully ran a farm through the Great Depression, used to tell me during the trouble times of the late 70s and early 80s that he thought we heading into another one except that it would be worse.  He would say that back then at least most people could feed themselves.  People lived on farms, or lived in towns and had relatives on farms, or at least had gardens and a chicken coop.  Even in cities, there were public gardens and chicken coops out back.  By 30 years ago, that was all gone.  People had been cut off from the tools they needed to feed themselves, and if you'd dropped them into a garden plot, few would have known what to do.  If things got bad, people could no longer feed themselves, and that scared my grandfather.  He was glad he wouldn't live to see it.

It's only gotten worse since then.  Revolutions grow from bread riots, but they're the kinds of revolutions that lead to Terrors.

by rifek on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:58:23 PM EST
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