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The source of your grief are related to your expectations. Thats what over-optimism does.

There is indeed someone whose expectations about how this would play out have been spot on: John Michael Greer.

The corollary is that his style of preparations (and things like transition towns) are probably the best thing to do... Political/societal effort is therefore less impactfull

Interestingly Portugal has a fairly active transition town movement (at least a couple of years ago): critical mass, smart people...

by cagatacos on Tue Jun 5th, 2012 at 05:32:12 AM EST
I myself am part of the Transition Towns movement where I live. The problem is that we wont get the kind of long term investment required to overcome this crisis without some kind of state steering. The issue with feed-in tariffs in Germany is a good example, I believe.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Tue Jun 5th, 2012 at 04:18:25 PM EST
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Yes, the Steel Interstates that the US needs to slash petroleum consumption in long haul trucking is another example of a transition investment that cannot be done on a distributed basis. I blogged about Steel Interstates again last Sunday.

The general systems principle of information overload tells us that we should decentralize what we may in order to conserve on government management capacities for those things that requires government steering. But subsidiarity does not mean that we should decentralize tasks below the level at which they can be effectively accomplished.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jun 6th, 2012 at 05:45:44 PM EST
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