Orlov-style FSU full-on collapse is the usual model people go to after “business as usual but with less money.”
Three factors create new options:
1> We’ve seen the FSU stuff and can learn from their experience
2> Non-authoritarian nations are likely to be vastly more resilient because of diverse power centers
3> Focussed drives on fundamental efficiency can free up a lot of resources
Four specific measures:
1> Efficient end-use device mandates (CFL bulbs, washing machines, lean cars and so on.)
- key benefit – cheap way to reduce pressure on the grid, protect it from under-investment in future
2> Triage medical care costs – end of life care, preventative medicine, checklists and so on – apply best practices
3> Manage the causes of social unrest, not the unrest itself. Share the pain equitably.
4> Create new pathways to success outside of the market economy. Stop telling people there are jobs, fund liberal arts etc.
There is a ton that can be done. Institute of Collapsonomics will help.
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