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  •  The incredible economic stratification (0+ / 0-)

    I believe that the intense economic stratification we are seeing is a buildup to what will come. Most of us by the next century will be fighting not to live in conditions like Haiti or central Africa. A few of us will be insulated and protected and coddled by technology in secure enclaves. The future is already out there a-building.

    •  I don't think we have to the next century (0+ / 0-)

      Much of what I'm seeing is being rolled back to 2050. There are more of us doing things; too many people doing too many things in too small a geographical area. That's why some concerns get squeezed out of the attention of media pundits and left to shift for themselves.

      As an example look at the coastal flood plain insurance maps. The decision has been made to abandon our coasts. All the people with pricey shore front property are now on their own, no more replenishment of beaches, jetties, sea walls, levees paid for by tax payers. A policy in category V will now cost $2.10 per $100 per year; a prohibitive expense for most people so even if you desire to stay and rebuild again and again you will have no neighbors, shops or stores.

      By 2050 all our coastlines will be several miles inland and all of our transportation and utility infrastructure will have gaps in it isolating any urban areas not drowned by floods, burnt by fires or blown away by hurricanes and tornadoes. In Maine which has more coastline than the rest of the East coast combined all our peninsulas will be cut off from Route 1.

      Go back for an instant and look at how fast the Americas have changed since the Vikings first landed.
      That's one millenia of time. Not much happened for the first five hundred years of it.

      Take a look since Columbus. Half as much time rather more going on but up until the American revolution half as much time again what would become the United States were still a handful of European colonies.

      Look at us in the period of the French and Indian wars

      Social rather than economic focus is the first mapping and its principally ethnolinguistic.

      In this period my data suggest relationships were loosely organized by gene (kin), oinkos (tribe) and phratre (brotherhood).

      Certainly there was a subsistence level economy plus trade. If you think about how and when was American settled by Indian tribes, what was their economy based on its dramatically different than what came after this period.

      Plains Indians had economies that went beyond hunting and gathering to nomadic pastorialism with the Sioux becoming horse people c 1750. There were some maritime fisheries and agricultural settlements but its a Chalcolithic economy, in some places still aceramic neolithic.

      European colonization focused on economic interests as opposed to religion, military expansion, exploration, but all of those things also put down their roots and grew

      There was a period of exploration for scientific cataloging of fisheries, fur, agricultural interests, mineral resources, not just gold but also copper tin, iron and coal.

      In the last hundred and fifty years, since the American Civil War we have gone from a land of pioneers, virtually every man woman and child an immigrant surrounded by a strange land already occupied with other people some of them themselves having civilization and economies based on slaves and indentured servants acquired by conquest, to what we now refer to as the end times.

      We might blame all of this on the rise of the corporate state beginning by bringing military conquest often with mercenaries and following up with an industrial revolution of trains, shipping and logging interests, mining interests, agricultural and manufacturing interests directly a nation focused on the provision of franchised services. That's just the way its always been with people.

      There is as much of a gap between the days of the Pinkertons and the cattle drives and the slaughter of the great herds of buffalo on the plains and what the United States looked like around the time when I was born in the forties prior to Eisenhower's great American Defense Highway System when I as a kid could go to the fourth of July parade and watch the Red Men and the Civil War veterans marching on dirt roads, and Steam Locomotives tooting their horns in celebration of the United States left in the role of the Worlds Greatest arms dealer following the second world war as any of those gaps preceding.

      Suddenly the entire world and not just the US got covered with miracle miles of automobile dealerships,  gas stations, malls, fast food restaurants, big box stores, automotive stores, office buildings, ambulatory healthcare, electronics outlets, grocery stores and all of that connected by suburbs that have swallowed up all the thousands of years of previous history.

      Thus its understandable that in the next 35 years change again comes with unimaginable rapidity and our present economic disparities and hopes for re-distributions of wealth will be the least of our problems as the mighty ships of state sink beneath the waves and we all find ourselves in the same boat

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 05:06:55 AM PST

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