Could consumerism continue assuming we closed our borders? No, we would have to learn to be self-sufficient and create an environment which could sustain itself at a 1:1 ratio; our standard of living and resource consumption would drop DRASTICALLY.
I think this is a key point, not just for the purposes of analyzing the shit hole we as a human race have dug ourselves into, but for a possible solution.
Something practical that you and I can do
, rather than just talk.
If people as individuals can learn to less dependent on their currencies and the financial game that is capitalism we can come out of this cycle, that inevitably leads to self destruction.
As hobo says that will require a self sustainable system. I believe that is possible, not immediately it will have to be a slow transition towards self sufficiency and away from buying shit we don't need or can grow/ produce locally.
That takes away the strangle hold the "man" has over all of us.
I grow food and live near a spring for water. I grow food organically using a system that is self sufficient fermenting organic waste which can be used as fertilizer. Just small scale for me and my family. I also earn money and spend money (snowboard goods etc) but am trying to move towards a point where all the basic needs are covered and money is used for hobbies and travel. I am also thinking of selling my GTI and getting a diesel and running it on biodiesel which I can make myself (you can refine used oil from restaurants relatively easily). The beauty of that plan is that I may get a big 4WD that I can also sleep in when I go on powder trips in the winter
My intention is not bragging here, just saying we can all act rather than lament. After all we all have some responsibility for allowing the 1%s to take this much control and lead us in this direction.
You and I are the only ones capable of taking that control back and removing ourselves from their strangle hold.
I am not saying get rid of everything in the system we have, just saying that the basics for existence and living need to be produced locally and be self sustainable. Then the concept of money will change.
What say ye?