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PostSubject: The Dropout Economy, Resilient Communities, Open Source Warfare   Mon 29 Mar 2010, 8:53 pm

The future that Dr. Hudson presents in his interviews, what he calls "neo feudalism", is being planned for, employing techniques devised by the department of defense, and generally referred to as 4th Generational Warfare (4GW) - John Robb, the author of "Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization" and who blogs at "http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com", discusses the extensive thinking and planning that has been underway for quite some time. We're moving into a two-tiered society, with a global superclass who design and operate the global network systems, and the masses who live a subsistence nomadic lifestyle, and who are trapped by the rules within the networked systems.

Check out the following recent articles...

1) Time Magazine
The Dropout Economy
By Reihan Salam Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

"Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells. As industrial agriculture sputters under the strain of the spiraling costs of water, gasoline and fertilizer, networks of farmers using sophisticated techniques that combine cutting-edge green technologies with ancient Mayan know-how build an alternative food-distribution system. Faced with the burden of financing the decades-long retirement of aging boomers, many of the young embrace a new underground economy, a largely untaxed archipelago of communes, co-ops, and kibbutzim that passively resist the power of the granny state while building their own little utopias."

2) Truthdig
Calling All Rebels
March 8, 2010
by Chris Hedges

While these above stories help generate awareness, unfortunately they also help to push the public in the direction that is being presented, resulting in the public adopting these virtual networked systems, where they become trapped by their the rule sets of the network's designers.

These sensor-reliant systems that measuring human activity while simultaneously employing computer-based control systems that "steer" behavior are creeping into every day public life, tying the physical to the virtual, allowing the physical to be "controlled" by the algorithms of the virtual. The healthcare bill just brought an enormous amount of data in the networked system, giving designers the ability to devise sophistical algorithms that manage health and other aspect of our lives by creating rules that drive the behavior of patients and care providers.

This is not being discussed because its understanding is limited to the technical community's elite, where business oriented people are focused on leveraging the new models for profit, at the expense of the public's privacy and liberty. Hence, those that understand it have no incentive to discuss it. And the vast armies of young talented technologists do not yet see the bigger picture.

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PostSubject: Re: The Dropout Economy, Resilient Communities, Open Source Warfare   Tue 30 Mar 2010, 2:08 pm

more on Open Source Warfare

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PostSubject: Re: The Dropout Economy, Resilient Communities, Open Source Warfare   Sat 10 Apr 2010, 6:09 pm

Sorry, IP, as I didn't see this thread here earlier and posted a new thread on Resilient Communities in the Definitions forum. I've quoted that post and pasted it below:


They Live wrote:
RC's are nothing more than neo-feudal townships too weak to defend themselves against global oligarchs who just transferred approx $45T of the world's wealth to themselves.

We ought to be talking about putting these criminals in jail and repatriating the funds instead of creating a world system (total social breakdown) where these psychopathic criminals are allowed to prey on weak communities with vastly underpowered defenses compared to the DARPA systems available to these oligarchs.

Unfortunately, RC's are being sold to the Greenies and the Don't-Tread-on-Me Patriot communities as solutions to our current problems of ecological balance and government infringement. But it's a trap, being pushed by the same forces that are currently crashing the global economy.

Quote :
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

It should be clear, as we watch the gyrations and excesses of
global markets, that no organization/state/group has any meaningful
control over its direction. The same is true for almost every other
aspect of globalization, from the environment to transnational crime to
energy flows. In short, we've lost control and our collective future is
in the hands of a morally neutral system that is operating in ways that
we don't fully understand (nor will we). The best defense against this
emerging situation is not to call for new Manhattan projects or global
treaties or Marshall plans, which won't work since we can neither
marshal the resources necessary nor collectively agree on anything other
than the most basic rules of connectivity, it is to slowly introduce
organic stability into out global system. The concept I've latched onto
as a solution is what I call the resilient community.

This conceptual model creates a set of new services that allow the
smallest viable subset of social systems, the community (however you
define it), to enjoy the fruits of globalization without being
completely vulnerable to its excesses. These services are configured to
provide the ability to survive an extended disconnection from the
global grid in the following areas (an incomplete list):

  • Energy.
  • Food.
  • Security (both active and passive).
  • Communications.
  • Transportation.
The resilient community has broad applicability beyond just
improving the ability of those of us in developed economies to preserve
wealth and a quality of life despite severe system shocks. It can also
be applied to the problems of counter-insurgency in semi-modern urban
environment (to radically update a process that was built for the last
century) and provide the potential for organic development in
underdeveloped areas of the world. The key is that we need to support
the open source efforts currently underway to expand this capability
underway such as the transition
towns movement to MIT's low tech solutions effort.

I touched on this concept in Brave
New War and here on this blog. Might need to put out a short book
that really explores the concept in a way that allows people to get
their heads around it.
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