Skip to comments.California: The Road Warrior Is Here
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 Procopiuss description of Gothic Italy circa AD 540.
In California I think we have nearly descended into Millers 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 nations 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.
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
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.
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.
Its surprising to find out how much one can fix when one is forced to improvise in a given situation
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.
Nice. I wish you a lot of work in the coming years...and I suspect you will get it.
If our reality is not resembling The Road Warrior, it resembles A Clockwork Orange.
It is literally crippling the private sector.
And they know it.
VDH on California High-speed Rail: “getting nowhere more quickly”
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.