How to Face the Collapse of the System
A Practical Plan for the Creation of Free and Prosperous Communities
These days more is spoken about the possibility of the coming of a great economic and societal collapse the likes of which our civilization has never before witnessed. Even economists of the mainstream have begun to recognize the evident unsustainability of the present system and warn us about the inevitability of a series of crises that will plunge a large part of society into devastating chaos. For a decade now a dark picture has been forecast. First a financial meltdown on a global scale will occur and from this mass unemployment and a drastic increase of poverty will ensue in the major industrialized nations. In the face of this situation and as a desperate reaction popular uprisings and growing social destabilization will take place everywhere. The end result could be nothing short of the total failure of the state and established economic structures and a subsequent world of anarchy. Such is the face of the apocalyptic future which is so feared.
The possibility of this kind of scenario is indeed very real but a collapse of the system does not necessarily mean the definitive demise of civilization nor does it have to be a solely tragic occurrence. It is important to understand this. There is always the possibility that a society that goes through a collapse of its reigning system may adapt and transform itself into another totally different state. From the apocalyptic ruins of the previous order may emerge new positive developments.
The present system which is the globalized neoliberal order is a restrictive and enslaving system despite its purported monopoly on «freedom» and «democracy». Today in the advanced economies there exists a great abundance of material resources thanks to the technological innovations of the past century yet there has emerged at the same time more artificial scarcity than ever. This is exclusively due to the influence of the financial and corporate oligarchies at the apex of the pyramid of power which deprive us of the resources which we need and demand from us absolute submission to their plutocratic hierarchy in exchange for access to these resources in the form of a so-called «wage». What prevails at this time is none other than a system of economic slavery which controls the greater part of human beings through the manipulation of fiat currencies and threatens those who do not wish to conform with destitution (i.e., systemic coercion).
I am sure that the vast majority of us would be much better off without all of these central banks and multinational companies which control our finances and resources and determine the destiny of many aspects of our lives. We would enjoy infinitely more freedom and prosperity without their artificial restrictions and coercive institutions. We ourselves should in my opinion will the collapse of the system and view it as a great opportunity to transcend a present order which is totally rotten and aberrant and establish in its place a new system of economy and governance that is much more positive, harmonious and practical without falling for all of the scaremongering which the defenders of the status quo wish to sell us. Rather than being an untold catastrophe an exhaustion of the lifeblood of the dystopia of today could be for us the beginning of a new dawn of light and hope.
In the event of a sudden collapse of the system we would have two divergent options. On the one hand we could compete fiercely among ourselves for resources in a state of chaos in the fashion of a Mad Max scenario or on the other hand we could cooperate with one and another and create our own autonomous community-based economies founded on mutual collaboration and aimed at the direct supply of the material needs of all of the members of our town or district. The destiny of our post-collapse world would almost completely depend upon the path that we ourselves choose. I will explain to you the stark reality. If we choose the first option and go by unbridled individualism and competitivity only the most absolute anarchy will reign together with extreme violence, widespread scarcity and countless humanitarian disasters. As if that were not enough, it is likely in addition that a remnant of the toppled government may take advantage of such a chaotic situation in order to convince the masses of the legitimacy of its authority and then mobilize itself to impose an even worse totalitarian system under the pretext of «protecting us from ourselves». If on the other hand we keep our cool and a minimum of order and choose the path of intelligent cooperation we will have the possibility to construct our own freedom and lay the foundations for a new mode of civilization.
With this short and simple article I wish to suggest some ideas to create free and prosperous communities following the collapse of the system.
1. Community-Based Systems of Food Production
In the event of the collapse of the system the first thing which the members of each community must do is the following:
° Allocate a part of their land for a community-based system of agriculture
° Create public gardens and industrial greenhouses
° Organize collaborative projects in order to produce food in abundance
° Establish a system of direct and free supply
All human settlements will have some kind of space to cultivate food. Often there will already exist the infrastructure necessary for this so elementary task. In the towns volunteers will create gardens and industrial greenhouses for the production of enough food for all of their community and in the residential districts of the cities as well as in the suburbs people will do the same sometimes making use of suitable high buildings in order to create vertical farms in the event that traditional places of cultivation are lacking. With these new public projects of agriculture they will be able to cultivate all kinds of fruits, pulses and vegetables and then distribute them to those who need them directly and freely. Whosoever desires will offer a small part of their time to a project of this kind. Organized groups within each community will work in unison.
In most cases many people—almost everybody—will be willing to cooperate on a community level and collaborate enthusiastically in the projects which we have proposed. Reasonable people will understand that their cooperative tasks will guarantee the survival of their own community. They will recognize moreover that this kind of mutual collaboration proves to be considerably more efficient than any form of individualistic anarchy in times of crisis. It will be without doubt more beneficial to cooperate together rather than compete among ourselves in an anarchic manner for scraps of food. This should be obvious. Mutual collaboration among the greater part of the community will not only serve to generate a far greater quantity of food but will also be able to spare every one of us much work if we all do our part. Who would not be willing to contribute some five or ten hours each week upon knowing that our modest contribution will power a system which will in turn produce food for everybody and thereby eliminate any kind of poverty?
This kind of cooperative arrangement born out of a situation of crisis will prove to be, in my opinion, the source of a great deal of social freedom for the greater part of us. With the small local autarchies which we have outlined we will be able to produce all of the food that we need in our own lands and our communities will no longer depend upon any intermediary such as large corporate supermarkets focused exclusively on the pursuit of profit. This development will be greatly positive. Thanks to the direct supply of food and the total independence which results from this, people will no longer have to devote themselves to a largely useless form of employment simply in order to obtain an artificial salary that allows them to purchase commercial food products. Fiat currencies and by extension salaries will have no value at all in a post-collapse world. Without the need to work in the capitalist labor market people will have considerable time to cultivate their own food and contribute to various community projects. It is important to know also that a large part of the commercial food products which are sold in large corporate supermarkets are full of toxic additives which jeopardize the health of human beings. It would be better to recover our own autonomy and return to natural and organic methods of cultivation.
2. Sources of Free Energy
It is vital that our communities implement new energy systems so that we are able to maintain a relatively high level of technological functionality after the demise of the present commercial energy providers. I suggest the following:
° Install solar panels on individual buildings
° Construct solar power plants and electrical grids on a community scale
° Attempt to discover new sources of free energy
The demise of the present commercial energy providers will suppose both various challenges and great opportunities for us. Our daily reality will change substantially. On the one hand we will have to strive to create our own sources of energy independently. Many people will install solar panels on their own homes. Whole communities will invest their resources into the construction of solar power plants and a localized electrical grid which will supply clean energy to the whole population freely. On the other hand this same effort driven by necessity will allow us to free ourselves from the grip of the capitalist energy monopolies which at present sell us our energy needs for a growing price. We will find an incentive to gain our own energy autonomy.
It is possible that some technology enthusiasts may discover new ways to generate free energy through their own experimentation. Their valuable discoveries will no longer find themselves suppressed by capitalist energy monopolies as it tends to happen these days but will rather be incorporated into the systems of power generation of our communities. The blueprints of such inventions and innovations will be shared through open source platforms and other communities will also implement them in their own economic and social systems. New knowledge will be exchanged freely. Technological advancements will no longer be hindered by the artificial profit motive which characterizes the present capitalist dystopia.
3. Projects of Public Housing
Each community must take measures as far as possible in order to provide some kind of shelter for all of those who do not have a place to live. I recommend the following:
° Allocate vacant housing to those who need it (upon obtaining the permission of the owners)
° Construct basic housing for those who need it (if the technological level allows for it)
° Establish common residential lands where people may put their own tents or cabins
In the absence of the present financial system the commercialization of housing will become obsolete. Landlords will no longer be able to profit from rents. Their spare properties will be of little use to them. The leaders of the community will request that owners of vacant homes allow people without a home of their own to live there. The great generosity of those who agree to the proposal will be made known to the rest of the community. Upon obtaining their permission those in need will gain a roof over their heads and will no longer suffer in the streets. Housing will be considered a universal right. To refuse to agree to this call would be on the other hand imprudent on the part of the landlords. Groups of illegal squatters would invade their vacant properties and without the state or the police nobody would be able to stop them. Who would look after those empty houses and apartments? It would surely be better to accommodate somebody who is responsible. In many countries there already exists a great number of vacant properties which belong to the banks at present having been seized for nonpayment. We will take these illegally and without requesting the permission of the owner since the banks are our enemies.
In places where housing is scarce collaborative projects will be organized for the rapid construction of new economical residential complexes often making use of modular prefab construction techniques and other innovative methods in human settlements which already enjoy a considerably high technological level. Once again participation in the projects of this kind will be on a voluntary basis. Who will dedicate a few days or weeks of their time to the construction of basic homes as part of a project of public housing? Well of course the people themselves who need a place to live as well as their relatives and friends, volunteers of a humanitarian mentality and some construction enthusiasts. Let us bear in mind that people will have much more free time following the breakdown of the present financial system and the subsequent obsolescence of their former «jobs». In the more secluded or primitive regions with a relatively low technological level each community will allocate common lands where people without access to regular housing may construct their own habitable cabins or erect a yurt or a tipi or some other kind of nomadic housing. Unlike under the present capitalist system these populations will not be required to pay any form of ground rent nor will artificial legal restrictions be imposed upon them.
The collapse of the system and the subsequent creation of local community-based economies will be without doubt a great blessing for those who are currently tied to an unpaid home mortgage. In a post-collapse world those people—a large part of the population—will no longer have to continue to work relentlessly for a meaningless company year after year simply in order to pay off their artificial mortgage. They will end up with a free house from that moment onwards.
4. Local Governing Councils
These systems of local governance must be formed for the efficient management of the local community-based economies, the coordination of the various public projects, the making of decisions with regard to the policies of the community and the maintenance of order in their part of the post-collapse world. Some kind of political structure will be necessary in order to prevent the emergence of anarchy in our towns and residential districts. The local governing councils which we envision will typically be comprised of the wisest and most respected members of each community and will include people with technical knowledge related to important fields such as agriculture, engineering, technology and military defense.
The local governing councils will first declare their total independence from the national government to which the people were beholden as well as from all of the corrupt banks and all facets of the present corporatocracy. They will announce that their respective community no longer recognizes their illegitimate authority nor their artificial laws. Then the new political structures of each community will devise their own simple laws for the harmonious coexistence of people and the upholding of justice, implement community-based systems of food production, mobilize the members of the community for their own causes and even form alliances of mutual benefit with other nearby communities. The political world will become much more decentralized and pluralistic.
5. Local Militias
Each community must form its own local militia comprised of its most warlike men. Among them there will be especially former police officers and former military personnel as well as gun enthusiasts and men of hunting and the outdoors. This kind of local militia will be necessary for the defense of the community. It will serve to protect the people whom its represents from attacks by lawless bandits and organized criminal cartels. It will also be ready to resist any attempt of the remnants of the toppled government to crush our rebellions against their system and restore their own control over our newly independent communities. In countries where gun ownership still remains legal there will already be a great availability of weapons in many towns and residential districts and it will be quite easy to assemble groups of men well-versed in marksmanship. In other countries where gun ownership is strictly forbidden the new militias will be able to obtain their weapons and ammunition from the armories of their local police station with the help of active police officers who are sympathetic to the objectives of the community.
There will be no place for pacifism in the societies of the post-collapse world. Pacifistic ideologies are a self-destructive aberration which goes against life itself and become therefore the height of perversity. The communities which form or rebuild themselves in the decades following an apocalyptic crisis are not going to be beautiful utopias of the hippy or New Age variety with universal peace and brotherhood and a complete spiritual ascension throughout the whole planet. It is most likely that armed conflicts will occur in some regions of the Earth. Freedom comes with a price. Let this remain clear! The weak and effeminate bourgeois man of the modern world will soon become obsolete—totally useless and contemptible—in the post-collapse world. What use will he have in a new environment that is semi-anarchic and at times unstable? Only strong and battle-hardened men will be useful in a post-apocalyptic age. The upcoming times will be full of volatility. The formation of local militias will be indispensable for the survival of each community.
Beyond the Post-Apocalyptic World: From Autarchic Communities to a New RBE Civilization
From these conditions which we envision will emerge all of the keystones necessary for the creation of a new Eutopian order founded on RBE principles and free from all of the restrictive and enslaving elements of the present economic system. All of the fundamental requirements will have been fulfilled. All of the obstacles which now hinder the realization of our vision will have already crumbled.
Our introduction of community-based systems of food production necessitated by the demise of fiat currencies and existing networks of commerce and distribution of goods will not only cause many forms of commerce to become obsolete but will also demonstrate to us the undeniable benefits of an economy based on intelligent cooperation and aimed solely at the direct supply of human needs as opposed to the pursuit of private gains. The obsolescence of the capitalist market will be brought to light. As order and stability are recovered in the post-collapse world our autonomous communities will be able to proceed to implement new technologies of automation in collaboration with others and create the great futuristic Eutopias of which we have dreamed. Everybody will enjoy a condition of technological abundance of the 21st century without the absurd artificial scarcity of markets dominated by greedy capitalist corporations. Men will free themselves in large part from undesirable human labor thanks to robotic and cybernetic innovations. Our economies of the future will not be based on artificial money and speculation like those of today but rather solely on tangible resources and the fulfillment of real demands.
The emergence of local governing councils to replace the centralized governments and the overwhelming corporatocracies of today will serve to facilitate a shift of power from the current capitalist elite to a new political class. We will have an opportunity to put in place a totally different system. From these the «neo-aristocracies» of which we have spoken in previous articles will be able to create themselves. The natural and original political system of the «rule of the best» could be restored. The new neo-aristocratic orders which we envision will be comprised of those who are the wisest and the most noble and prove themselves as the best qualified to govern. They will not be based on material wealth nor on an inherited title but rather solely on demonstrated excellence and authentic spiritual superiority. They will not be exclusive but rather always willing to admit the most exceptional individuals of the community. This new class of neo-aristocrats will play an extremely important role in the post-collapse world. Not only will they act as administrators of the community-based economies and coordinators of the public projects of their respective community but they will also be creators of a new culture far superior to that of the present. Our world needs great leaders and architects of healthy and edifying values who can guide civilization towards a positive direction. These will be without doubt men of a noble and aristocratic spirit like the greats of the Renaissance. They must not be by any means vulgar and unenlightened men of the proletarian mob or pathetic democrats of bourgeois ideas.
An apocalyptic collapse of the system will open the way for us to transcend the absurd capitalist anti-economy of this modern dystopia and construct a new form of natural and organic economy. Nevertheless, in order to reach that point, first we must choose intelligent cooperation among ourselves and supportive communitarianism over individualistic anarchy. An authentic evolution of civilization must necessarily be born out of a state of order and high consciousness.