by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ February 25, 2020
It’s time to start planning for the collapse. While I would like to be positive about all of this, I gave up dangerous drinking some years ago, so it’s hard to get stupid enough to be optimistic about anything now. I may have to rethink this sobriety thing.
Hitting only the highpoints: we are facing a significant pandemic with COVID-19 with, for now, a 2% death rate. Our massively inflated stock market, living in blissful ignorance for years, has suddenly freaked at COVID-19 and then tanked, twice. Its shirtsleeve weather in the Antarctic and the largest ice-shelves have sprung a leak; Someone let Stupid go to India, and he cleared a stadium that Modi had filled with friendly Hindu party whack nuts by mispronouncing everyone’s name.
That’s just this week and its only Tuesday. Do I need to go on or is that enough to justify planning for the final collapse?
The United States is over. Even a prosperous nation-state cannot survive the shame of a psychopathic president with a mental age of five. It could survive a president with one or the other but not both. There are limits.
First, we need to accept the reality of Trumpistan. We know who they are, and they have, fortunately, segregated themselves into regions. The most significant chunk of Trumpistan is the old Confederacy, less all larger metropolitan areas, and the eastern part of Texas. The rest can be isolated ‘settlements’ scattered around the midwest and plains.
Since this model is good enough for the Palestinians, it should be good enough for Trumpsters. They can also have Washington DC since Trump trashed it. It is, in any case, well on its way to being the banana ‘republic’ capital of the world. Besides, the seas are rising, and Washington will lose about 2,000 acres to extreme flooding within the next twenty to thirty years.
When Trump refuses to leave the White House after losing the 2020 election, we can give him Trumpistan. Kind of a losers participation award for showing up. Then we move the headquarters for the Metropolitan Alliance of America to San Francisco or somewhere and let every significant city and surrounding areas do their thing with blockchain all the way.
This collapse could be the big break to scrap the old nation-states for the new alliance of metropolitan regions with global digital citizenship. Everyone can then focus on the rapid redesign of the cities with the elimination of fossil fuels, cars, and proactively moving to higher ground. Without the dead weight of Trumpsters and, their ilk things could move fast.
There is the problem of the Trumpistan enclaves and threats to people’s security by heavily armed ex-used car salespeople. Since they like walls so much, we could encourage them to build walls around their pockets. They could use the remnants of Trump’s border wall. But there is only about a mile of that so it may be they could use sticks or something. It would keep them busy for a while.
In Hawai’i, we could spread our wings a bit and link with Vancouver and maybe Sapporo in Hokkaido. We will lose some land, and things will be warmer, but our trade winds will hopefully keep doing their job. Vancouver has the high ground and could become subtropical in a couple of decades, while Sapporo will become more Denver now and even more fertile.
The Metropolitan Alliance would allow free movement and open trade of creative assets as we adjust to the new climate and new opportunities. And any remaining haters or bigots could always be encouraged to move to some part of Trumpistan. It's nice to have someplace for those folks to go.