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California: The Road Warrior Is Here
pjmedia. ^ | July 29, 2012 | By Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 07/30/2012 10:27:15 AM PDT by dennisw

Post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who could best scrounge together the artifacts of a long gone society somewhat resembling the present West.

The culprit for the detribalization of the Outback was some sort of global war or perhaps nuclear holocaust that had destroyed the social fabric. Survivors were left with a memory of modern appetites but without the ability to reproduce the means to satisfy them: in short, a sort of Procopius’s description of Gothic Italy circa AD 540.

In California I think we have nearly descended into Miller’s dark vision — especially the juxtaposition of occasional high technology with premodern notions of law and security. The state deficit is at $16 billion. Stockton went bankrupt; Fresno is rumored to be next. Unemployment stays over 10% and in the Central Valley is more like 15%. Seven out of the last eleven new Californians went on Medicaid, which is about broke. A third of the nation’s welfare recipients are in California. In many areas, 40% of Central Valley high school students do not graduate — and do not work, if the latest crisis in finding $10 an hour agricultural workers is any indication.

Our culprit out here was not the Bomb (and remember, Hiroshima looks a lot better today than does Detroit, despite the inverse in 1945). The condition is instead brought on by a perfect storm of events that have shred the veneer of sophisticated civilization. One was the destruction of the California rural middle class. Manufacturing jobs, small family farms, and new businesses disappeared due to globalization, high taxes, and new regulations. A pyramidal society followed of a few absentee land barons and corporate grandees, and a mass of those on entitlements or working for government or employed at low-skilled service jobs. The guy with a viable 60 acres of almonds ceased to exist.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; california; prepper; vdh

1 posted on 07/30/2012 10:27:18 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

READ IT ALL especially the end where he lays out what he has done as a prepper>>>> http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/california-the-road-warrior-is-here/?singlepage=true

very good from Victor Davis Hansen


2 posted on 07/30/2012 10:29:25 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: dennisw; JDoutrider
"Survivors were left with a memory of modern appetites but without the ability to reproduce the means to satisfy them..."

One of our favorite topics of conversation is what we could make by ourselves in order to survive if all things collapsed or a catastrophe decimated the world.

Matches, fuel, simple tools or weapons -- what could we even fix if we were able to find broken artifacts? Speaking for myself; not much.

3 posted on 07/30/2012 10:32:33 AM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: dennisw

Harsh reality.

But the part not mentioned is that things are already THIS BAD when we’re spending $1.40 at the federal level for every $1 in tax receipts.

Imagine what it’s like when true budgetary discipline (inevitably) hits.


4 posted on 07/30/2012 10:41:00 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Baynative
Matches, fuel, simple tools or weapons -- what could we even fix if we were able to find broken artifacts? Speaking for myself; not much.

It’s surprising to find out how much one can “fix” when one is forced to improvise in a given situation…

5 posted on 07/30/2012 11:20:01 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Baynative

Yep. Good question. Most of us would have trouble at first, but we are a resourceful people and I’m sure in such a situation there will be forges and fix it shops and other similar things springing up all over. Just like old times.

One thing that’ll happen is we’ll discover how amazing some “low-tech” solutions really are. I recently got a tomahawk....wow...amazingly useful! Fast and light compared to a big axe. I used it to chop up a stump in the yard and got good exercise in the process.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 11:22:36 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Claud
My forge better be out in the shop where I saw it earlier today.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/30/2012 11:39:05 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Nice. I wish you a lot of work in the coming years...and I suspect you will get it.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 12:03:56 PM PDT by Claud
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To: dennisw

If our reality is not resembling The Road Warrior, it resembles A Clockwork Orange.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 12:15:00 PM PDT by mojito
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To: dennisw
Without question, one of the the biggest contributors of this is cities, counties and the state governments handing out lottery style retirement pensions and benefits to hundreds of thousands of government employees, at every level.

It is literally crippling the private sector.

And they know it.

10 posted on 07/30/2012 12:21:40 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dennisw

VDH on California High-speed Rail: “getting nowhere more quickly”


11 posted on 07/30/2012 12:55:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: Claud
Yep. Good question. Most of us would have trouble at first, but we are a resourceful people and I’m sure in such a situation there will be forges and fix it shops and other similar things springing up all over. Just like old times.

We don't have the animals. Much of the land doesn't have the forage to support them. Nor are the soils anything like they were "back then." Do you know a capable farrier or harness maker? Are the hand implements and the knowledge to build them available? And we won't be able to breed, feed, and train them fast enough (even if we knew how) once the wolves get here. Once people start starving, is this social structure capable of adapting to a life slow and civil enough to survive?

The plan is that we don't.

12 posted on 07/30/2012 4:12:39 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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