• Barter

    by  • August 17, 2012 • Uncategorized

     

    In these weird economic times, it can really help to have open-minded friends.  Friends who are willing to trade video editing expertise for organic homegrown vegetables and fresh eggs.  It’s a wonderful thing.

    The transition from the old economic idea back to the even-older one might be rough water for a while.  Rich people, financially bloated from the petroleum age, love the idea of eternal growth and do not appreciate the obvious math pointed out to them:  that eternal growth is unsustainable, and, more importantly, OVER.

    Nothing in nature goes eternally in one direction, so the idea that you can expect a 15% increase in every quarter is ludicrous.  It’s crazy.  The surf comes in, and the surf goes out.  The seasons change.  You’re up, then you’re down, then you’re up again.  The moon gets bigger, then smaller, then bigger again.  Nature makes this principal obvious every day.  But the Western economic model is not based on this.  It’s based on the idea that you can bully the land and the sea into giving you what you need today, and then you can use technology to figure out how to get what you need tomorrow.  It’s the technological equivalent of the almost-funny bumper sticker:  The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves.

    Solutions to sticky human problems never come down from on high.  They come up from the ground.  I’m not waiting for a suit to fix the “economy”, whatever they think that is.

    I’ll start from the ground.