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November 21, 2008

What matters most in hard times

What we’re now witnessing in America is the inevitable collapse of the consumption-based economy. In a world of finite material resources (food, water and land), an expanding population can’t be sustained indefinitely. Or maybe I should say it can’t be sustained indefinitely at a level to which everyone would like to become accustomed.

If the current financial crisis has done nothing else, it’s served to remind us that money and other artificial assets are pretty much worthless and that the only tangible things that really matter are steady, sufficient supplies of safe food, safe water, clean air and shelter — basic clothing and housing. Anything above and beyond this is a luxury.

So where are we headed as we continue to watch the wheels fall off the wagon? I suspect that we’ll eventually end up with a subsistence economy where natural resources are highly valued, conservation is encouraged and the simple life is celebrated. Yes, it’ll probably include features of socialism and perhaps even communism. But hey, dog-eat-dog capitalism could only go on for so long before it came up short. These days, mere survival is the name of the game.

Rick Nichols
Leavenworth

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

What I do nto understand is how come Harrah's was packed Friday night? Whay was Cabela's a ridiculous insane asylum of crazed shoopers, NFM was packed, the television department was over run with people buying flat screens. Our sales guy said he hasn't seen anything liek this in a awhile, he hoped the economy stayed "bad" if it meant the sales floor being this packed with active shoppers. It was hard to find a parking space at Village West. Bad economy? What BS.

kcstar_is_one_sided

Ya, a little communism, a little socialism, whatever it takes. What a dumbass.

 
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