Solutions Abound–on the Local Level

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Rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized “fixes,” let’s turn our attention and efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized.

Those looking for centralized solutions to healthcare, jobs and other “macro-problems” will suffer inevitable disappointment. The era in which further centralization provided the “solution” has passed: additional centralization (Medicare for All, No Child Left Behind, federal job training, Universal Basic Income, central banking “free money for financiers”, etc.) have all entered Diminishing Returns.

The systemic costs of centralization–corruption, cronyism, soaring prices, declining quality, over-reach, insider rackets, regulatory capture by corporations and oligarchs– are soaring as the benefits of centralization plummet.

ObamaCare was the penultimate flowering of centralization: every self-serving healthcare cartel and racket had a say in the centralized sausage-making, and the results were entirely predictable: highly profitable to the healthcare cartels and rackets, and soaring costs that rendered the program unaffordable.

ObamaCare institutionalized staggering distortions, profiteering and injustices, as those who didn’t qualify for a subsidy were ripped off to pay for all the skims and scams: meds that went from $3 to $600 overnight, etc.

All the sound and fury around a centralized one-size-fits-all “solution” signifies nothing–the solution is decentralized and local, not federal. Centralization of power, capital and control paid big dividends early on–central governments corralled the productive elements of the nation to wage wars, and capitalists forged immensely profitable integrated supply chains that fed centralized production facilities in which iron ore entered the plant and finished automobiles exited.

The benefits of centralization outpaced the costs: this was the boost phase:

The returns on centralization diminished in the waning years of the 20th century, and are now in free-fall. Whatever has been centralized–federal jobs training, federal takeover of the mortgage market, federal takeover of student loans/debt-serfdom, central bank policies that favored the super-wealthy at the expense of the bottom 95%– have been disastrous wastes of irreplaceable time and political/financial capital.

Fragmentation is feared by the Establishment of rackets and insiders for the very reason that fragmentation is the solution. Who loses when people wake up and abandon the centralized rentier skims, scams and rackets? Those who own and control the rentier skims, scams and rackets.

Solutions abound, but they are at the local level: cities, towns, counties, communities and neighborhoods.

Rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized “fixes,” let’s turn our attention and efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized.

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  • Frank

    Awesome! Let’s do it. But, remember that the government hates competition and dissent, and any such efforts for regional or local usurpation of any vestiges of government power/rule will be opposed vigorously and with the assistance of those that benefit from government largesse.
    Any big, interdependent system is vulnerable to a single-point cause of system failure. By creating a decentralized system with a dispersed load, the vulnerability of a single-point failure is all but eliminated. This, of course, requires a strong network of nodes capable of independent operation. Make America great again.

  • G’ma G

    I hate to be the nay-sayer here but if these were viable solutions why are they not already well in place?

    • Just an average joe

      Because to some they are not viable and I don’t mean the Fed Gov’t. we all know what they think. They have used bribery since the implementation of Income Tax. Local communities cannot afford to build what we deem as modern life. Let’s take a town of 1500 for example that town could not afford to build a sewer system. There are only so many dollars being paid at the local level and so many “modern” things we have become accustom to.

      • The Tuna Fairy

        Part of the solution there is what the author of this article calls “Degrowth” http://www.oftwominds.com/blogfeb17/principles-degrowth2-17.html
        When we realize that “modern life” is not sustainable, and figure out how to scale back to something that is, I think the country will do much better. And we all KNOW the federal govt is not going to want to scale ANYTHING back, they are making too much money on this to want to change anything. So the solutions can only come locally, and we may have most of our problems with the federal govt as we figure out how to change our lives so that our communities are sustainable, and not aiming for “modern lifestyles.”
        I think this not only CAN be done, but MUST be done if we are going to survive as a nation.