Why the Neocons Should Start to Love Liberals
Ok, maybe I’m too deep into my head today, but there’s a marble rolling around in there that won’t go away.
Here’s the gist: Neocons should start embracing Liberal ideas, even if they are back-room deals. There are, after all, a bunch of smart hippies that can make rich people even more filthy, stinking rich.
So why not join camps and look at the next market? We all know Peak Oil is here, and America cannot sustain itself as a “Consumer” economy any longer. The credit bubble has popped and while the markets are just starting to understand the all-night coke binge just got busted by the reality cops – there is still a lot of money to be made.
For instance, while odds seem to point to the war expanding rather than contracting, the neoconservatives can invest in things that have more than a one-time expenditure so their returns are greater. A windmill can make more money than a one-time bomb. Besides, if any of the US, Russia, China and any other “Nuke club” members pull the atomic trigger, no one wins.
Zero sum games suck… so why not fess up to the way the game board is stacked? Known energy reserves are stored in places outside the USA, so we HAVE TO create a renewable energy infrastructure here in the US… it’s being done elsewhere.
Someone commented on this blog about all the jobs that would be lost if we retooled the Industrial Weapons complex in the US… how the people making bomb casings wouldn’t be able to feed their kids anymore. Well, why not put those talented craftsmen to work on making cool things that create energy rather than killing people to extract the remaining go-go juice that everyone thinks they need?
Industry doesn’t need to collapse, it just needs to find a methadone equivalent for oil. Until we have leadership that gives America’s entrepreneurs real chances to show the money holders how they can get even richer, we are stuck in this quagmire.
I don’t want to see this war expand… come on world leaders… do you guys want to live in bunkers? No one wants to do that. We can have the adult conversation about population growth that needs to cease… yes, we all agree, entropy and too many humans. Got it.
That whole thing about the Bible introducing the “Be fruitful and multiply” combined with “End Times” prophesy scrambles the synapses of many people, that’s for sure. But the story can be tweaked… you just need to show people a better interpretation of the story.
That story is one of great prosperity to come from the crash we are just now beginning to experience. Money will be devalued, jobs will be lost, mortgages will default, new cars will remain on the lots, housing prices will crash… yup, that really sucks.
But what doesn’t suck is the fact that people are resolute, and no matter what country you live in or what religion you subscribe to, can we all agree most people just want a secure, peaceful way to enjoy their lives, family, and friends? A chance to discover their own purpose in life? A chance to contribute the great experiment called Humanity that we are each a part of?
Frankly, I think I’m becoming more jaded, because I’ve stopped handing out money to people with cardboard signs. While I believe everyone should have a chance to redeem themselves and fix their lives for the better, it’s time that people start taking care of themselves.
The notion that the government should take care of everyone is beginning to stink. While I believe in socialized healthcare, medicine, programs for the elderly and disabled, and other social safety nets – if you are able bodied and just lazy – my sympathy ends there.
There are hard times ahead folks… like nothing most of us have ever experienced in this country. And everyone will need to do their part to keep the social fabric together. If crime starts to rise because people lose their jobs and feel forced to break the law to survive, I have a feeling the police system will be overwhelmed and justice may start being delivered in the form of shotgun barrels.
I would hope that we are better than that though. I would hope that collectively, we can pull together as a nation, put aside religious and political differences (I know I’m dreaming here) – and do what is needed to get America and the world back on track.
We don’t need oil as much as you think – we just need to get over the idea we need so much oil. To survive, all we really need is food, shelter, water, and some nookie now and then (am I projecting?). I don’t claim to know what things make you happy in life, but I do claim that we are in the deepest of shit as a species.
If the rich want to keep getting richer, maybe it’s about time they start heavy investments into people with ideas that will spread, creating markets that redefine consumerism. It’s a lot better than anarchy in the streets.