Another Page is Turned

Well, Tuesday was Election Day in this great Empire of ours.  The people, bless their black little souls, demonstrated an impressive degree of severe memory loss.  It remains to be seen the degree to which this damages the country, but I think you all know how well I think things will be going for the next two years at least, four-to-six more likely…

And yet this sort of thing has been going on for years. Decades. Centuries, even. Back in the 1690’s in Europe, there was this little (mostly verbal) to-do commonly called the “Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.” (Bear with me for a minute or two…) At issue was whether civilization of the day–particularly where the arts and sciences were concerned–had surpassed that of classical Greece and Rome. Many of the serious thinkers of the day weighed in on one side or the other, and books were written by people backing their particular argument.

In a sense, it was a war of ideas: Progress (sometimes characterized as Reason) versus Authority.  (Does this sound at all familiar?) Different sides have been on the ascendant at different times. For myself, I lean heavily towards the progressive/reason side of things (but I’m happy to admit that both sides make good points…). What we’re left to do when the “other side” has the reins is basically muddle along, which is exactly what we’ll keep doing, just as long as possible.

Is anyone but me deeply concerned by the sudden plunge in oil prices? While yes, it’s nice to take less of a punch in the pocketbook when filling up the car, I’m concerned for the longer-term cost–both in what things will (eventually, presumably) do financially, as well as the cost to the climate. As I understand it, we’re already well past the point where anything we do, up to and including going ‘cold turkey’ off of oil–will be of any help to the next couple of generations. As a large part of the reason for the drop in price is, indeed, a glut, and we’re pumping more, and faster–well, things don’t look good.

It’s all almost enough to make you glad you’re a prepper, right?

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2 Responses to Another Page is Turned

  1. I believe we have reached a point where our current two-party system has reached its end state. The game is rigged for them – the politicians – to ensure that they represent not the people’s will but the will of whoever pays them the most in campaign fundraising and lucrative employment after their time in the public sector. Until we, as a people, wake up to the realization that none of these politicians represent us anymore we will continue to suffer. The time for the third and fourth political party having a voice in America is now.

    I am concerned about the drop in oil prices – but I am cautiously optimistic about our ability to ween ourselves off of oil, as far as using it for gasoline/energy. Our domestic production capabilities have gone through the roof because of the high price oil was commanding 5 years ago.

    Between advances in solar energy efficiency, battery technologies becoming more mature, and research into exciting alternative energy sources (hydrogen, even fusion) I think that we are looking at the beginning of a wave of new ways to provide energy. Obviously there are many things we still use oil for – plastics being a big one.

  2. Kelly says:

    This brings to mind John Ruskin’s quote: “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well
    to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will
    have enough to pay for something better.” Of course this refers more to quality, but also has to do with long-term cost versus short-term. I currently live in the Central Valley of California (MonsantoLand), which is of course plagued with a catastrophic drought. Yet in groundwater pumping and in soil destruction, the local farmers continue to look at THIS year’s bottom line, with utter disregard for the land (and water) they shall leave for their children. Short-term expense versus long-term expense.

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