The Ultimate Logic of Reincarnation
ALVIN BOYD KUHN
[circa December 1961]
Electronically typed (entered in) and edited by Juan Schoch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It cannot be said that The Theosophical Society has failed to make a strong case in its effort to republish to the modern world the ancient doctrine of reincarnation. It has advanced its brief for the great principle of the Eastern and occult teaching of the world logically, cogently and withal convincingly. Nor can it be said that it is failing to restore the doctrine to its natural place in religion and common thought. There is evidence that it is rapidly swinging the concept into wide acceptance in the modern world. Unquestionably the teaching of the “eternal return,” “the eternal renewal” of life, is fast gaining ground in our Western area. This is a phenomenon of no mean significance in contemporary history, as the influence of this basic doctrine, so crucial for the balance, stability and sanity of the human mind in society, may well become the force of destiny that will save world civilization from self-destruction at this critical epoch in human affairs.
But it seems that the modern movement of occultism has not discovered and utilized the knowledge of a principle of the esoteric philosophy that was understood and elucidated in the Theosophy of the sages of the Hellenic world when the Greek genius was at its highest peak of brilliance, in that resurgence of Platonism nearly five hundred years after Plato’s time that came to be called Neoplatonism, in the second and third centuries A.D. It has seemed to this student of the ancient wisdom that the Hellenic philosophy as then expounded gave vivid expression to a principle of such basic strength as to provide a ground for postulation of the reincarnation thesis that embodied the ultimate, the unimpeachable logic underlying the doctrine. The impression stamped upon the mind by this fundamental item of Greek wisdom gave rise to the feeling that Theosophy could have vastly strengthened its case for the rebirth teaching, made it in fact impregnable to negative critique, if it had discovered and exploited the profound Neoplatonic dialectic that first rationalized in terms of ancient occult science and sheer fact of the incarnation itself. It should be apparent by natural logic that the whole case for the reincarnation method would be conditioned, either for strength or weakness, by the adequacy or inadequacy of our knowledge of the philosophic fundamentals grounding the incarnation itself. That is to say that surely a competent understanding of the cosmic necessity for the incarnation of souls in earthly bodies at all would lay down the principles essential for the comprehension of the necessity for multiple reincarnations. We must have a clear idea of why souls have to incarnate once or at all before we can understand why they must incarnate many times. And it has seemed that the Greeks had clearer data as the bases of understanding of this great primary fact than were to be found elsewhere, even in India. The Greeks were rationalists, rather than mystics, and their dialectical achievements have laid down for all the later world the structures of philosophical truth which have provided the ground for the most rational study of profound philosophical questions in the universities of Europe and the Americas ever since.
These astute thinkers, it is claimed, had inherited the treasures of recondite wisdom, which they elucidated so brilliantly, from that mine of occult knowledge which was ancient Egypt. From that mysterious source-spring of amazing arcane science had come to them the principle of understanding that linked life and death in an indissoluble relationship to each other which can be expressed only by the term “polarity.” And this relationship could be only sensed by the human mind in the mental aura of the most extreme and cryptic paradoxicality. One of the difficulties about our effort to apprehend truth is just this feature. As formulated for mental apprehension, the principles of truth seem to oppose themselves, to negate themselves. Or one phase of it seems to contradict another. This was eminently the case with the contrasting forces of life and death.
They said that life dies while it lives and lives while it dies. It dies in life and lives in death. With equal relevance this relationship of polarity applied to all the basic “pairs of opposites,” spirit and matter, soul and body, light and darkness, heat and cold, positive and negative, and was manifest everywhere. They considered it most significantly in the duality of body and soul. Each of these “lived the death” of the other and “died to its life.” Soul and body alternately died in order to live and lived in order to die. Life’s death to one state gave it its life in another. Life conquers death and death conquers life. Egypt had dramatized this in the fiction of the eternal warfare between Horus, the Christ figure, and Sut, the “devil” character. Each in turn conquered his opponent, only to be overcome as the cycle swung around. Zoroastrianism had laid down the same formulation in the struggle between Ahura-Mazda (Ormazd) and Ahriman, one the prince of light, the other the lord of darkness.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus, fifty years ahead of Plato, had expressed it by saying that even the four basic elements, earth, water, air and fire, exemplified the universal principle. Each lived the death and died to the life of its neighbor in the gamut. Air lived the death of fire, he said, as fire lived the death of air, fire feeding on and consuming air. Likewise water lived the death of air, and air lived the death of water, by evaporation. Earth chemically lived the death of water, by condensation.
So, it was reasoned, life and death, soul and body, spirit and matter are inseparably involved in an eternal partnership of mutuality and reciprocity. It is exactly like that of heat and cold, light and darkness. Each must destroy the other, if it is to live. It can live only by virtue of what the other is deprived of. The death of one is the life of the other. There is just so much of the basic energy of being between them, and if one is to have more, the other must have less. So the death of one is the life of its opposite. Each must give its life that the other may live. And in man’s dual nature, the divine flame must pour out and exhaust its substance that the human part may have its abundant life.
We have here the formula of philosophy that enlightens our understanding at once with the answer to the great central mystery of all true religious doctrinism, that the gods, the Christs, must die that men may live. Christ died for us because without that “death” of the divine in us, the mortal in us could not live. All true Scripture tells us that if we are to be “saved” for immortal life, this salvation comes only through his death, even his death on the cross of flesh and matter. The gross literal reading and then the historical personalization of this metaphysic gave us the Christian legend of the gruesome death of the man Jesus on the wooden cross and our salvation through the shedding of two pints of his blood, or blood and water commingled, as the text has it.
(Incidentally, one finds that the German spiritual mystic, Rudolph Steiner, affirmed this explication of the allegory, outdoing even the most literal of the Fundamentalists, as he asserted that from the spurt of mixed blood and water from the “wounded side” of the crucified Jesus there emanated a spiritual effluvium which so charged the aura of the earth with divine cosmic magnetism that for the first time in evolution mortal man might partake of the redemptive power of God’s life by opening himself to this transforming energy. By every intimation of logic this interpretation would commit his philosophy to the asseveration of the fact that spiritual or Christly salvation had never been possible before the 33 A.D. date of the tragedy of Golgotha. Many Christian exegetists have asserted that God entered human history only at that time. This is to assert that moral and spiritual law, that divine Providence, that cause and effect in the metaphysical realm, were inoperative until Jesus released their beneficence by his bodily agony. This would seem to flout all logic.)
It is possible to see that when soul has its life in fullest measure—and that must be when it is disencumbered of body in more ethereal worlds—the body has its death, or is in fact, non-existent. Again when the body has its life—which it derives from the presence of soul in it—the soul has its “death.” And, be it said, the truth of this consummate realization is the great “lost key to the Scriptures.” For all sacred Scripture simply dramatizes the relation of soul to body, the great doctrine of the Incarnation. This is in fact the one and only theme of all the Bibles, for it is the union of soul and body that makes life possible. Ancient sacred writings dealt from a thousand points of view with this immersion of units of fiery divine spirit essence—called souls—in and under the watery conditions and elements of the fleshly body, whose gross sluggish vibrations smother and suffocate its finer potencies and, in the properly understood sense of the word, “kill” it, as St. Paul so distinctly declares in that amazing seventh chapter of his Epistle to the Romans, so mystifying to the theologians. He positively says that when his soul came to be linked with his body, “sin sprang to life and I died. The command which meant life proved death to me.” One has reason to think that this statement of the Apostle is by far the most significant verse in the whole Bible. Its pivotal import has never been caught by theology because some scribe at an early date mistranslated the word “command” as “commandment,” and there is nowhere any clue as to what commandment Paul is referring to. Not even yet has it ever dawned on the mind of any scholar that this “command” is the order which comes to all souls resting in heaven, the command to return to earth, the command to incarnate. And this command, that plunges them into earthly bodies, declares this philosopher of the occult, proves to be a form of “death” unto them. In this clarifying elucidation we do indeed have the lost key to all theology. I conceive it the duty of Theosophy to awaken Christianity to awareness of this basic truth, which would restore light and rationality to its own systematism.
But how does this “prove” reincarnation? It is going to be hard to condense the whole of the dialectical structure into a few hundred words. In the premises it must first be known and conceded that life eternally alternates between the systole and diastole of manifestation and (apparent) non-existence, active expression and pralaya. It can not manifest as long as it remains quiescent in pralaya, for in that state all its energies are neutralized. It must thrust itself out of “neutral” into “high gear,” both to become conscious and to become active. In neutrality it is non-being. To become “alive” it must set up within itself the tension of polarity. It must spread out its two wings of positive force and negative inertia, for only in the balance between the two can it hold its physical existence in equilibrium. “The pool of equipoise” is one of the illuminating terms Egyptian sagacity gave to these physical bodies of ours. The soul, it says, comes to bathe in this pool and to gain purification and refreshment thereby. This cleansing pool lies “beneath the two divine sycamores of heaven and earth.” Heaven, or spirit, and earth, or matter, meet and equilibrate each other in the body of man.
The basic logic of the necessity of soul’s subjecting itself to polar opposition and counterpoise is simple enough. To create and enjoy creation as delightful “recreation,” which the ancient Hindu sages denominated lila, the play and sport of the gods, life had to project itself into polarity to gain consciousness. (One can not imagine creation without consciousness.) To be conscious, there must be not only a dim sense of being, but there must be distinct consciousness of something other than the self. So being has to split itself asunder and emerge out of its primal undifferentiated unity, resolving itself into the duality of subject and object. To be conscious of itself, it has to objectify itself to itself. So it splits off into consciousness on the one pole and objectivity—not-self—on the other. As subject it must behold itself as object. Therefore, as a point of philosophical truth, the world and the world-soul must reflect each other exactly, a fact which makes analogy the one infallible principle of truth-seeking.
Therefore, since life can not create—and recreate in the sense of lila—as long as it remains in pralaya, it imposes on itself the well-known “cycle of necessity,” and subjects itself to being turned round and round on the Wheel of the Law. This requires its periodic plunge into the condition of polarity, the tensional relation of its positive or spiritual pole to its negative pole of matter. Out of this relation the great ancient wisdom systems declared that all things are born. “War,” says Heraclitus (meaning this war of opposites) “is the father of all things.”
The ineluctable outcome of this dialectic is the confirmation of the doctrine of reincarnation. The key factor in the logic is the law of polarity. Creation is impossible by a sleeping God, a God inactive and unconscious. It can be the work only of a God awake and conscious, since the very motive of his creation is his delight in the exertion of his powers. How could an unconscious Being register delight? The creative effort can spring forth out of no other condition than that of polarity. Spirit-soul must be thrust into polarized tension with the inertia and opposition of matter, positive against negative, if it is to impress its constructive forms upon the thing it is creating and stamp meaning upon it. This is the meaning-core of all incarnation. It needs only to add to this concept the other fundamental principle of all life expression, the law of rhythm, of cyclical periodicity, which governs all manifestation. This is the very heartbeat and breathing of the cosmos. And it certifies incarnation as reincarnation. You can not have rhythm with only one beat of the pulse of life. When one sees Being everywhere eternally shuttling back and forth between activity and rest, birth and death, visible manifestation and disappearance, how can one imagine the anomaly of but one incarnation? That would mean that the breathing and heart-beat of life had stopped.
All this can give rise to the question as to whether souls can “make progress” in their discarnate intervals of rest in heaven. One finds a prevalent predication of theosophical belief, neither definite nor sharply rationalized, but yet confidently, held, that souls do continue their evolution in the higher worlds of spirit. It might with truth be said that Christians loosely, and Spiritualists more assuredly, do feel that evolutionary progress must continue in the higher spheres of being. Where can a Theosophist stand on this question? Well, if polarization is the indispensable condition for growth, can the claim of soul-growth in heaven be asserted and supported? The plain logic of the case would seem to negate it with categorical finality. A seed that is not planted can never grow again. And, crowning that, there springs into mind another invincible determination of logical thinking in the situation.
If it be for a single moment granted that souls can make progress in heaven, logic immediately confronts us with the challenge to answer the question that one must ask: if the evolutionary progress of souls, or any fragment of it, can be achieved in heaven, why must souls be thrust out of that higher and happier state of being into the agonizing ordeal of mingled joy and suffering when torn between the pairs of opposites in bodily life? And how would God, if challenged, justify his procedure of plunging his soul-sons into these bodily tomb-prisons and “houses of bondage” if he could not have them perfect themselves in eternal growth in spiritual realms? This is the crucial question, ultimately, of all philosophy and theology, and Theosophy has claimed that it furnishes the answer.
Still the answer does stand, if only by the force of logical implication, in the unquestioned consistent asseveration of the theosophical concept that souls gain experience in lives on earth and then in Devachan digest it, distil out of it its vital essence of karmic instruction, and so convert the body of crude physical-emotional-mental experience into the golden product of spiritual faculty or soul quality. If we think of this in strict logical terms, we must concede that the life period is exclusively the time for growth and progress, and that the discarnate interval is therefore to be utilized for another purpose, not that of growth. It is not the time for growth, for it is the time of the harvest, and growth is ended when the harvest is gathered in.
But it is inevitable that there will be revolt against the straight assertion that souls make no progress in heaven. There still lingers in the background of the consciousness of all of us who have come out of orthodox religionism, the influence of dogmatic Christian beliefs, and we are reluctant to think that this romantic persuasion of the religious tradition is not somehow true.
What, then, should be the understanding? Where does the truth lie? It is found, of course, in the situation of the mutual reciprocity which was seen to be such an enlightening, if paradoxical, analysis at the start. The experience in each of the two states is but one half of a total unitary process. Each is therefore as necessary, as indispensable to the beneficent procedure, as the other. But they are difference and opposite elements, and in the polarity each complements the function of the other. The one is the active energization of life’s drive toward higher being; the other is the passive reaction and registry of the product. Neither could be effective to the fullest degree without the polar opposition of the other. One can not sleep well without having put in a day of active effort; similarly one can not work to best advantage without having had a good night’s sleep. Incarnate life and pralayic rest alternate in exactly the same beneficent counterbalance with each other.
The answer to the question of soul’s progress in heaven thus must be seen in a balanced view. While it is legitimate to assume that the soul makes no new progress in heaven, it surely can be said to make progress there in the restricted sense that its function of digestion and assimilation of the spiritual harvest of its lifetime exertions constitutes an integral part of its intrinsic growth, the increment gained being deposited in its inner vehicles which never lose it. The heaven life, therefore, however quiescent, is an indispensable phase of the work of its total advance up the scale of being. Soul could not make progress even in the active period if it did not fulfil its assimilative function in the discarnate interval. That function is to winnow the golden grain of real being out of the chaff of gross earthly experience, to distil the precious ichor of divine consciousness and spiritual faculty out of the substance of life’s struggle.
Yet it is, one must think, of the greatest importance for the maintenance of a well-balanced philosophy to realize that there can be no more harvests of the golden rain of spirit at the end of the seasons unless there is to be new springtime sowing and harrowing in new cycles. In the strictest sense of the term, growth can take place only when polarization operates, and this occurs only on earth and in incarnation. IT seems that polarization is achieved only on the fourth and more material globe in each chain of seven, as the other six lie in ethereal conditions where polarization is presumably not fully attained. This accentuates the crowning importance of incarnation on earth. Life here must be seen as the locale and crucial point of destiny for all souls. If we insist that we can make eternal progress in heaven, let it be remembered that we will there reap no fruits whose seeds have not been first planted on earth. Do we expect harvests without plowing, seeding and cultivation of the soil? All the sprouting and the lush summer growth take place down here. Only the rich autumn harvest and then the winter’s quiescence are the experience of the spirit life. On this analogy, which makes the heavenly rest absolutely essential to progress, it is not in heaven that the actual growth takes place. We do not make progress in heaven, but we do reap its fruits there. As the majestic wisdom of old Egypt expressed it in terms of felicitous poetization, the Book of the Dead dramatizes the soul, in contemplation of its anticipated happiness in the upper worlds following its life here, as exclaiming: “I shall have dainties there, beer and ale, bread and cakes, choice fowl, abundance of wheat and barley and succulent fruits, at the tables of the gods.” IT must be obvious that if souls could sow their oats in heaven, they would not need to come to earth.
“Good and evil are twins, born of the same mother,” Madame Blavatsky elucidated in The Secret Doctrine. All pairs of opposites, including life and death, are twins. In pralaya they sink into latency, in the active period they swing out to the ends of the polarity and stand in apparent opposition to each other. Whether in latency or in manifestation, they are eternally inseparable. This clearly is the meaning of the parable of the wheat and the tares. In the garden of the world the life and death forces are so closely intertwined that you could not pull up the weeds without uprooting the wheat also.
The constitution of the cosmos and the world itself dictates the ultimate logic of reincarnation. The principle of polarity prescribes the necessity for the incarnation, the principle of the rhythmic alternation of life and death in the eternal cycles prescribes the necessity for the reincarnation.
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The following is a set of my questions, that I posted on change.gov, the BHO pre-inauguration site.
The concept was to gather questions that are on the minds of Americans, and let others rate them. Due to strict character count limitations, the questions are laconic.
The list is in reverse order - least popular first. In other words, the preponderance of opinion was that they DISLIKED the question (and the implied answer).
1. "Do you agree that government should cease meddling in education, and only offer services as a national credit / credentials bank and supervise national examinations for credit?"
2. "Do you support training and issuing assault rifles and ammunition (to be stored at home) to all able bodied Americans between the ages of 17 and 45 so that they may better perform their duties as the militia?"
3. "Since participation in Social Security is voluntary *(No law compels nor punishes those who do not participate), when 51% stop volunteering to be 'human resources', will Congress resign as trustees in bankruptcy?"
4. "Since homosexuality is non-reproductive behavior, should society equate it to reproductive behavior, and reward it?"
5. "Would fully arming all adult males with assault rifles eliminate any threat of invasion, as well as reducing the crime rate, at a far lower cost that a standing army?"
6. "If all taxes (and related paperwork) on manufacturers and laborers were eliminated, would more companies seek to operate in the U.S.A.?"
7. "Pursuant to the Declaration of Independence, job #1 : secure rights, job #2 : govern those who consent. Whose rights are secured by taking from one and giving to another, via socialist taxation?"
8. "Since water vapor is the #1 greenhouse gas, will the administration place a "steam" tax to ameliorate global climate change?"
9. "Gov makes nothing but more gov. Gov gives nothing but that which was taken from some one else (and rewarding itself for benign management). How can we solve problems when the burden of government is the root cause?"
10. "Pursuant to law, all taxes are limited in scope to privileges, and no right, secured by government, can be taxed. Will BHO clearly identify which privileges are subject to tax? Ex: Sales tax on counterfeit coin and worthless Federal Reserve Notes."
11. "Do you agree that education and credentials are two distinct things, and that no one has a right to compel another to pay for his education?"
12. "Will BHO remind Americans that the District of Columbia is the only place where the federal government (United States) has exclusive jurisdiction and cannot be a state in union with 50 other states united (U.S.A.) ?"
13. "Pursuant to American law, people are sovereign, but citizens are subjects. Why does the education system ignore law and teach Americans to be ignorant serfs? Why aren't Americans taught about individual sovereignty?"
14. "Do you support true Universal Health Care, where everyone is able to care for another? Will you abolish all laws that punish the unlicensed who give medical treatment?"
15. "Taxing producers and laborers to pay non-working consumers cannot be sustained, so will you abolish Social Security and end all entitlement programs?"
16. "Do the benefits of hydroelectric power outweigh the negatives with respect to the environment? And if so, should we engineer every possible waterway for power and / or navigation (lowest cost), and reap a double benefit?"
17. "We do not need more money - we need more buying power for the money we already have. How will you boost buying power of money? In contrast with 1914, current money has 1/100 of the value then. $1 (2008) = $0.01 (1914)"
18. "Since usury is impossible to pay in a finite money token system, and the national debt, in excess of ten trillions is impossible to pay (not enough bullion exists to be coined, as required by law), will the administration abolish the debt?"
19. "Since a unit dollar is a coin with no less than .77 ounce of pure silver, and a Federal Reserve Note is worthless, should the government cease misleading the public?"
20. "Before petroleum, there were railroads and boats. After petroleum, there will be electrified railroads and boats. Why should we waste resources bailing out auto manufacturers?"
21. "Since all "insurance" plans involve a 'skim' taken by administrators and investors, and more paperwork, how can we ever expect anything but higher costs for medical treatment?"
22. "Would you support granting a tax exemption to private enterprise mass transit (streetcars, light & heavy rail, subways, funiculars) instead of funding it with tax revenues?"
23. "Pursuant to the 14th amendment, the public debt cannot be questioned. Congress already borrows more than it pays in debt service. Will the administration amend the constitution, so it can question the debt?"
Note: The "most popular" question - the last one - was only 61% favorable. (159 to 101)
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- OPENING THE FIGHT FOR JOBS OR INCOME NOW: CHALLENGING ORGANIZED LABOR TO DO MORE
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In 2009, more and more lives are going to be devastated by the biggest global economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This crisis is the challenge of a lifetime to those of us who have made a commitment to fight for people’s economic and social rights. What we do, or fail to do will prove decisive to the coming battle over whose interests in society shall prevail--the needs of the people, or the greed of the super-rich few who insist that their profits always come first.
The Bail Out the People Movement invites you to come together in New York City on Sat., Jan. 17, 2009 and help plan the fightback. If you live in the western part of the U.S., we invite you to come to our West Coast Fightback Conference in Los Angeles on Sat., Jan. 24, 2009.
How fitting it is that we meet on the anniversary of the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If ever there was a time to remember King’s legacy of struggle against war, racism and for economic and social justice, now is such a time!
That Barack Obama will become president on Jan. 20, realizes a measure of King’s dream. But depression- level joblessness, evictions and foreclosures made worse by cutbacks, war, bigotry and racism are not a dream, but a nightmare.
The nightmare is borne out in the numbers: $1 trillion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, $8 trillion to bail out the biggest and richest banks and bankers, while millions lose their jobs, homes, healthcare, ability to go to school, and sink into life-threatening poverty.
There is the promise of a “Stimulus program that will create or save some jobs.” But the stimulus will be a drop-in-the-bucket; it’s expected that one million jobs will be lost per month in 2009 in the U.S.
It is up to the people to fight for the right to jobs or a living income, along with a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, as well as no escalation of the war in Afghanistan.
No election or president, however historical and inspiring, can be a substitute for a mass movement in the struggle against war or for social and economic rights.
Let’s take inspiration and example from some recent and current struggles like those of the Republic Glass and Doors Co. workers in Chicago who occupied their factory to fight for their rights, or the workers at the Smithfield meat processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina, who fought for and won a union. Or the students at New York City’s New School who held a successful sit-in. Or the youth in Greece who are fighting police terror and economic oppression. The lessons of these struggles are that we will need to utilize both mass action and direct action in the fightback ahead of us.
Join with activists in New York and from across the country: If you are an anti-war activist, a union organizer, a student activist, or someone who first became excited about politics because of Obama’s campaign, or if you face losing a job, a home, the ability to go to college, healthcare, or a pension—and you are ready to unite and fight back--let’s come together and determine what we can do to help give birth to a desperately needed fightback movement.
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Ten Major problems: 1. Usury - the fee, in money, for the use of money - must be recognized as the scam that it is. Usury is impossible to pay in a finite money token system. To illustrate, the ten trillion dollar national debt cannot be paid with Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) - since notes are debt. The amount of bullion legally required is 99.2 times the whole world's known above ground supply. For all practical purposes, the debt is impossible to pay. In addition, total aggregate obligations (creditors, debtors, account holders, stock holders) far exceeds the amount of FRNs in circulation. Most folks are going to be wiped out as the depression progresses. Paper wealth will disappear.
2. Socialism - or collective ownership - is unAmerican. The Social Security Act of 1935 created a "voluntary" entitlement system. But most Americans have been deliberately misled to believe it is mandatory for all to enroll and get "the number". That fraud and constructive fraud underscore the nefarious nature of SocSec. 99% of government's abusive power is derived from "our consent" via FICA / SocSec.
3. Public debt - pursuant to the 14th amendment, the public debt cannot be questioned - no matter how insane it is. That means until the 14th is repealed or amended, no viable solution is forthcoming from government. In 2007, Congress borrowed MORE than it paid in debt service (interest). Wait till 2008 is tallied up. 2009? OMG...!
4. End of the Oil Age - America's transportation industry as well as many other facets are dependent upon cheap and plentiful oil. That will have to change NOW. Before petroleum, America had railroads and water based transportation. After petroleum, America will have electrified railroads and water based transportation. Bailing out Big Auto is a complete waste of resources and time. Electric and hybrid autos are no solution, since they're dependent upon petroleum for lubrication, synthetic rubber tires, plastics, fabrics, and asphalt pavement.
5. Crime - in both public and private sectors - will have to be dealt with. No government can guarantee peace and security to everyone. Ultimately that is the responsibility of each adult. Society will have to adjust to a more restrictive regulated authoritarian police state or fully arm itself in order to defend against crime. Already, walled and gated communities, with checkpoints, are more attractive to those who are in fear from attack. During and shortly after the collapse, individual armament will be a popular response. As will fortified defensible enclaves. Keep your powder dry!
6, Power Sources - without cheap and plentiful petroleum, alternative sources of renewable power will be in demand. Living near hydroelectric plants will be a big plus, for electricity is the major servant of mankind. Biofuels will have to fill in as the chemical fuel of choice for air travel, and mechanized agriculture, formerly dependent upon petrochemicals.
7. Consolidation of population - with the end of oil, comes the end of sprawl. People will have to consolidate into villages, towns, and cities, at a much higher population density. Even family farms may have to evolve into the more worldwide pattern of farming villages surrounded by farmland, where the village farmers live together, and commute to their fields. Local food production is going to become very important, as transportation costs and availability drastically change. (Even if the wisest implement a massive rebuilding of electrified rail, it may take decades before it is finished).
8. Conservation - every aspect that is not optimized for minimal consumption for maximum benefit must be changed. Housing must be built to a higher performance (lower consumption of fuel for comfort).
9. Mixed use - the segregation of "residential" and "enterprise" is about to change. High population density and evolution to rail based mass transit is going to favor close proximity of homes and vocations. Based on past solutions, we may see ground level reserved for enterprises, retail sales, and light industry, while upper levels are reserved for apartments. This means that any urban planner should immediately reserve sufficient park space for children, wildlife, and natural habitat before haphazard construction squeezes into every available building site.
10. Disaster resistance - most urban areas are not disaster resistant. With a collapse of the usurer / socialist alliance, any area hit with a disaster will have no expectation of relief or remedy from government. Local preparation for disaster must be instituted. Food and other necessities must be stockpiled, where appropriate. (No more "just in time" delivery!) Depending on the major risk, shelter and transporation must be designed to deal with it. If in a flood plain, elevated or suspended rail might be preferable to at grade rail. Structures built to extend far above high water may be preferable to single level "Ranch" style. Local power distribution by suspended wires may need to be shifted to underground distribution, to minimize breakdowns from wind, ice, and other natural events.
Armed jack boots confiscate family's personal food supply. Is this a prelude to government created depression, or even famine?
Lawyer says family badgered by agent to 'sell' eggs
A state agent from the Ohio Department of Agriculture pressured a family whose members run a food cooperative for friends and neighbors to "sell" him a dozen eggs, sparking accusations of entrapment from a lawyer defending the family.
The case brought by state and local authorities against a co-op run by John and Jacqueline Stowers in LaGrange, Ohio, came to a head on Dec. 1 when police officers used SWAT-style tactics to burst into the home, hold family members including children at gunpoint and confiscate the family's personal food supply...