When shit hits the fan, you wish you had self sufficiency
Yeah and at another time and place it would have been you wished you'd belonged to the proletariat, protestant ascendency, bolsheviks, whatever, just another fantasy.
You know the best line in Neil Strauss' Emergency, the book where he takes the survivalist trip? The best line is when this big mean merc of a guy says it wont matter that people have put aside for an emergency, he or people like him, are going to take it.
We didn't have to bail out one bank or financial institution in the financial crisis. And we were the only OECD country not to go into recession.
We are increasing taxes. And we are spending 43 billion to connect all Australian homes direct to optic fibre at 1,000 megabytes a second or 1 Gig a second, without even bothering to do a cost/benefit analysis.
We have full employment. And the internet suits our aural monarchical culture, as well as our aural relations with China.
And as well we are in the middle of building hi-tech armaments on the sea and in the sky - the largest build up since WW II.
We did go into debt to weather the financial crisis but Treasury tells us we will be back in surplus by 2012.
Self sufficiency seems a quaint hippie dream or the paranoid dream of American survivalists.
But essentially it is a religious dream.
We can't quite believe we have overcome scarcity for the first time in human history and we are afraid it will be taken away from us.
So we make war sacrifice to the gods and prepare our survival skills for the end times, as foretold in the Book of Revelations, the last book of the Bible.
When all we need to do is to learn to live with plenty.