General News

The Flight From The Cities

      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

- Advertisement -
The Flight From The Cities

Ibrahim Turner

My Sufi teacher, (an Englishman) in the 1970, (he died in 1974) predicted that there would come a time when farmers would be protecting their crops with dogs and guns. He also commented on the sustainability of so-called new-age communities, which you might recall, were very popular in the swinging sixties, but that is something for a different article.

It seems to me, although I didn’t fully appreciate what he meant then, that I now see, is that it is sure to happen, as the problems of Global Warming, overpopulation, depletion of resources, peak oil, etc are becoming more apparent, especially peak oil.

He also talked about the large corporations and institutions; comparing them to the dinosaurs – they should not be any cause for worry, they will fade away like the dinosaurs did, and in any case, there is nothing we, even in groups, can do about them.

But I don’t see that happening any time soon, given the corporate greed and the profit motive depleting resources and destroying the environment.

So consider this; overpopulation is already causing over consumption of resources including fossil fuels, metals, minerals, food and oil. Do you think that the governments will get it together and limit the population growth let alone reducing it?

- Advertisement -

Peak oil, predicted by some to be already upon us, and others not to happen for another ten years, will inexorably and undoubtedly arrive; bringing massive disruption to our way of life. Driving your SUV when gas is $10, $20 or $50 a gallon or more, will be for only the very rich. The number of people owning a car will drastically reduce, leading to widespread unemployment in all the related industries leading to further unemployment in non related industries as the former workers in the car industry cannot buy things.

Have you ever seen the plight of a small shop in a mining village when the pit closes? Suddenly nobody has work, so nobody buys things, so the shop’s trade dies. I personally witnessed this, not in a mining village, but in a pleasant West Country village in England, where people would rather go by car to the supermarket in the nearest town, to save a few pennies on a tin of beans, than pay two pence extra at the local village shop. In little over a year, their short sightedness lost them the convenience of the shop, as it could not survive.

Further to the non-car scenario, think about the supermarkets and all the trucks that deliver four or five times a day to each branch. The gas costs will slowly price them off the road. The price of food will soar until there are finally no supplies in the supermarkets which will cause riots because of the empty shelves and people will go looking for food elsewhere.

Where will that be? Into the country where the food is grown. Raids on fields of potatoes will bring out the guns and dogs to protect the crops. People will be shot. Blackwater and police will attempt to restore order and will fail or succeed, but many hundreds of people will starve, or die in one way or another.

There will be a massive flight from the cities.

- Advertisement -

Those that can will prepare in advance. Sustainable communities, growing their own vegetables, producing their own power from wind turbines and solar panels, with their own water, are the only chance of survival in such a bleak future.

The cities will be unsustainable. No fuel to run the facilities, no food, no electricity; they will empty faster than you can say Jack Robinson. In northern climates, winters will be harsh, so people will move south. The farms will be much smaller with no tractors and no fertilizer (made from oil) – it will be back to the hand reaping and threshing of just a short time ago.

I remember in my childhood, ‘helping’ the local farmer, with a lot of other kids, get the sheaves in to take them to the corner of the field where this ‘modern’ thresher, rigged up by belt drive to the tractor worked. There will be no combine harvesters, threshers, seed drilling machines – everything by hand and aching back.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


A well traveled and slightly worse for wear 72 year old Englishman; widower, several children and grandchildren and a penchant for wondering 'what is the hidden agenda' in almost everything I read. A keen interest in American culture (an oxymoron?) (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Do Not cry for the Children of Gaza...

International Doctors for D.U. (Depleted Uranium)

What is our Objective in Writing Articles?

What happened to the anti war movement of the 1960's?

Is Democracy dead in America?

Nuclear, Solar/Wind Power or Vegetables of the New World Order.


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
I was raised by Native Americans. It has always be... by Robert N Smith on Sunday, Nov 11, 2007 at 4:29:05 PM
I am a mere student who has been exposed to greate... by ibrahim turner on Sunday, Nov 11, 2007 at 5:27:15 PM