1. The United States is already in decline and will soon face an economic and social collapse of some magnitude.
2. The global economic system is stressed to the maximum by wealth disparity. Soon (though no one knows when) we will see massive revolution.
My own belief is we’re facing the potential of both events happening. And yet, I don’t expect them to be foregone conclusions survivalists or members of Transition Towns think. Even if they do happen, it will happen slowly, meaning there will be time to avert the worst of such scenarios. While people are preparing for the worst, there are others wondering what comes next after capitalism.
Some people are working under the impression that alternatives could emerge well before capitalism is done for. Sacha Stone’s New Earth Project, Charles Eisenstein’s, Sacred Economics, Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) and Gar Alperovitz‘ work on Coops, are all notable efforts to discover what’s next for the US and the world.
At first starting Copiosis, I looked at these movements with envy. All these movements have large numbers of followers and fantastic web presence.
Movement members say the current socioeconomic system is structurally corrupt and needs to be replaced with a system based on efficient and careful use of resources through the technological potential of sustainable development. The Zeitgeist Movement advocates the implementation of renewable energy and computerized, automatic systems world wide in order to collect, process, and distribute equally the necessities of life, such as food and shelter, transportation, recreation, and so forth.
This post isn’t meant as a critique of alternative systems and ideas. Rather, I’m writing this post to praise these movements. Every one of them have become immensely successful in generating supporters for their causes, despite what I believe is a common challenge of all of them: a clear transition path.
What if these movements serve another purpose? Charles speaks a lot about interconnectedness. What if all these movements serve to warm people up to the idea that an alternative to the status quo is possible? Each in its own way is showing hundreds, thousands of people that it may be possible to live on the planet without having to earn a living, without government, and without the problems that come as natural byproducts of capitalist economies. That’s a good thing.
Of course, here at Copiosis we have a transition plan ready. We are, in fact, implementing that plan today. We have no idea our plan will work. Already it is working faster than we imagined. That’s a good thing.
To existing movements in our ecosystem, we say keep up the good work.