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Independence From The Global Economy

By Edited Jun 6, 2014 0 0

Suppose we were to design an entire town,and the design would be based on one criteria:the people who live in the town must be independent of the global economy. This doesn't mean that the town would be home to a cult,with a lifestyle that's cut off from the global culture. Certainly not. The culture of the town would be a microcosm of the global culture,of course,with all the components of the global culture including sports,religion,entertainment,and so on. In this case,independence means economic independence. Everything in the town would have to be designed so that it can be locally produced,and locally sustained. This means that no imported oil would be allowed. Since most oil in the U.S.A. is imported from the Middle East,and other foreign sources,cars that require gasoline forbidden. Buying foreign oil,so that the oil can be turned into gasoline would only feed our dependence on the global economy,so this town would have no cars. Various kinds of public transportation would have to be used,as a substitute for cars.

Public transportation in this town would not mean buses,it would mean trains,because buses require tires made of rubber,and most of our rubber is imported from Indonesia. One of the problems with the global economy is the uncertainty that it entails. How do we know Indonesia's rubber exporters will continue to sell rubber to us,so we can manufacture tires? Most people in Indonesia are Moslems,suppose a radical Moslem government took control in Indonesia,would they be as willing to sell rubber to America as the old government? Many radical Moslems regard America as an enemy,an empire of sin;and therefore Indonesians may refuse to export rubber to America,if there was an Islamic revolution in Indonesia. In this scenario,we wouldn't have any rubber,anyway,but in the ideal town of the future,all the public transportation systems would be based on railroads. Railroad cars have steel wheels,they don't require rubber tires. All the people who live in the town would ride trains everywhere they went. They'd ride trains to and from school,to and from their jobs,to and from the grocery store,and everywhere else they needed to go. Indeed,there would be no need for roads. The entire town would be designed around a grid of railroad tracks,it would have no roads whatsoever.

Since the town cannot have imported oil,the town's energy source would have to be based on windmills and solar panels. This means their energy would be produced locally,rather than purchased through global economic channels. So,at this point,we have a town with no roads,the houses and buildings of the town are linked together with railroad tracks,there's not a road in sight,and the outskirts of the town is an expanse of windmills and solar panels. The extreme outskirts of the town would have to be planted with gardens to produce crops,so that food would not have to be imported. Instead of importing those jalapeno peppers from Mexico,you would grow them yourselves,in gardens on the outskirts of town. The farm tractors used in the gardens would have steel treads,like tanks,since the tractors cannot have rubber tires. The farm tractors would have to be electrically-powered,since an electric farm tractor can charge it's batteries at a local windmill or solar panel. In short,this is the town of the future.


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