Despite the in-your-face hysteria of the WuFlu fiasco, it is not the most important story of the day, just the most titillating for the media. The destruction caused by the lockdowns is testament to the dopiness of our politicians the world over. What has become forcefully clear over the last sixteen months is that democracy is unworkable once average voter I.Q. falls below a certain level.
I sit here sipping my wine (an excellent drop considering its Aldi origins and price) and wistfully contemplate the passing of a time of plenty. Not many are blessed/cursed to witness the final spasms of such a great age.
Food shortages are on the doorstep. No, not just in Africa, but across Asia and the West. Parts of Asia have some experience, but it will be a revelation in the West. An incomprehensibility to people who no longer even have a larder built into their kitchen. They are used to picking up the ingredients for their nightly dinner on the way home from work. They tut-tut if the supermarket is out of tinned blueberries. Many have no idea how to grow food; some do not even have a garden. When it hits, they will have nothing. They will dine on the bitter fruits of past assumptions.
And, even when food is available, it will no longer be at bargain basement prices. Throughout history, food and shelter had been the preoccupations of humanity. 19th century Capitalism changed that and created a world of plenty. Now that is ending as the grim and dark spectre of socialism scours the world, scraping up and destroying every last remnant of Capitalist-created health and prosperity.
Food will not be available for those waving pieces of fiat – sorry sir, our lavatory already has wallpaper. Only real money will do. Do you have silver – any silver – anything to barter, any real skills? Oh dear.
Surplus food will be replaced with hunger and malnutrition, medicines, now cheap, will be unavailable at any price, fuel will be extortionate, but there will be a plentiful and widespread supply of anger and resentment. The biggest killer will be the dull assumptions of linearity. Of course everything will be okay tomorrow – look at yesterday and today.
We are on the cusp of the largest social change since late 18th century England, when the great migration from the countryside to the cities began. That will now be reversed and the cities will become decaying monuments to a more prosperous, pre-socialist past. They will also smell very badly as bodies rot where they lie. Rural towns will not be welcoming of refugees.
Food is going to become so expensive that billions the world over will die of starvation. As Capitalism dropped the price of food lower and lower, so the absence of Capitalism will see people returning to serfdom – working day and night for enough food to keep them and their families alive – just. They will be the lucky ones.
In March 2020, governments the world over turned off economies, without having any comprehension that they could not turn them back on again. Economies, that were already sinking under the weight of regulations and debt, went into freefall. Lying about the unemployment statistics, all the statistics, does not change the reality. The great pandemic sweeping the world and laying waste to all before it is not WuFlu, it is stupidity – the inability to predict and intelligently respond to the consequences of actions and inactions.
I must drop into Aldi and pick up some more wine.