Are You ready for the Long Emergency?

“Even after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that collapsed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and sliced through the Pentagon, America is still sleep walking into the future. We have walked out of our burning house and we are now headed off the edge of  a cliff. Beyond that cliff is an abyss of economic and political disorder on a scale that no one has ever seen before. I call the coming time the Long Emergency.”

James Howard Kunstler, in his book, The Long Emergency, describes life in America as our resources are in a state of decline and over the next 4 decades life becomes basic and the world we know vanishes. Suburbia disappears and so do the big box stores (Wal-Mart). The process will be violent and life will become harsh, the severity depending on your location.

Globalization, the takeover of the world by a partnership of governments and corporations, has been possible because of cheap labor, cheap oil and abundant resources, with corporations, certainly here in America, as the senior partner. Indeed, the plan for the integration of North America was initiated at the Council on Foreign Relations under its president, Richard N. Haass. He can be seen often on Morning Joe on MSNBC.

You could say that Haass has a big role in the destruction of America and the Building of a North American Community. President Obama recently announced a new border for this corporate North American Community, which will eventually have open borders and  governing institutions exercising sovereignty over Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Hillary Clinton is charged with moving forward on regional and global governance for the Obama administration. Go to this site and scroll about two-thirds down on the State Department transcript for her answer to global governance and who she placed in charge  of the project. That portion of the transcript is also in the article.

The looting of America and its workers is part of a plan to produce a large and permanent global working class that will compete for scarce jobs that pay low wages and no benefits. This working class is here to serve the ruling class, those with the money and the power. All of the workers will be kept under control through a multicultural population with no common history, culture, language or allegiance to the United States so resistance can be managed. This would be done through organizations such as USNORTHCOM. At least that’s the plan. USNORTHCOM is currently in Mexico advising the Mexican government, army and police.

But another ingredient, consisting of 2.4 billion more people, will be added to planet earth by 2050. And America will have at least 138 million more people by 2050 (US CENSUS BUREAU 2008) and possibly 150 million more when a future president opens our borders to the rest of North America- Canada and Mexico. We can look forward to all the blood and gore the Mexicans will bring to America.

To CEOs people mean more cheap labor to choose from and more customers to buy their products so they can make more profits. Other than as cheap labor and consumers, CEOs are not concerned with Americans as fellow citizens. CEOs don’t even consider themselves as Americans. Their concerns and loyalties are with their business wherever it is located.

In case you haven’t heard, the theme is we are all citizens of the world. We have no allegiance to a nation. We are merely workers for the corporations. We have nothing to believe in. We will each have an ID card with our info in databases, shared with the other databases. We will not be able to function without that card. We won’t exist. Mexico began giving national biometric ID cards to all citizens, starting with the children earlier this year. Homeland Security is still working on IDs for all Americans. This is all toward the integration of North America.

CEOs are not concerned with any problems that don’t affect their world. Questions such as:

Who will pay the welfare bill for all the indigent people who aren’t even citizens?

Who will pay to build the many prisons needed to hold the millions of criminals running loose across the continent?

What will we do when the water runs out, especially the Southwest U.S. where some cities will have to be abandoned in place?

Where will we get the oil to run 106 million more vehicles than we have now?

Who will sell us food when there is also no water to grow crops in the Southwest and other areas since many parts of America will run out of water? No country will be selling food any more. Each government will be attempting to provide for its own citizens.

With a shortage of oil, how will we get our defective  products from China? We won’t.

And what will the remnants of America look like after the carnage subsides?

The questions go on but no one answers. The answers will be delivered over the next 40 years with 2030 chosen by think tanks around the world as the “perfect storm”, a time when energy (oil), food, and water won’t be enough to take care of the world’s burgeoning population by up to 50 percent. The 20 years leading up to that date will be known by the persistent draw down of these essentials and the increase in starvation, diseases, deaths , violence and wars over declining resources.

Unemployment in the U.S. will grow since corporations will continue to send their factories and jobs overseas where cheap labor means huge profits for CEOs and stockholders.

An example is Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE (General Electric), who was appointed to lead the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to improve the job situation for American workers. I wrote then (June 2011) that Immelt and his cronies have no intention of hiring American workers when they can get much more in profits by shipping jobs overseas.

Now, a month later, “General Electric Co. (GE)’s health-care unit, the world’s biggest maker of medical-imaging machines, is moving the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to Beijing to tap growth in China.”

The X-ray business…will hire 65 new engineers and support staff at a new Chengdu facility, the company said in a statement. GE has hired a ‘large number’ of engineers who are in training…GE has a global research center in Shanghai.” Read more.

GE has research centers and factories globally like many multinational corporations. If they can do business with local workers, they will set up in China and other places because they can make a much larger profit in the third world.  Nothing personal, but American workers make a lot more money,with benefits and reasonable working hours.

So American corporations will continue to send jobs overseas until the U.S. completes the integration of North America and then workers from Mexico will replace Americans at a much lower wage. Mexican autoworkers were making $3.50 per hour to assemble GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles in Mexico in 2008. This means America workers will be set adrift during the turmoil of shrinking resources. They will be  part of an overcrowded region filled with a large, hostile foreign presence and there will be no safety net for them and their families.

President Obama announced the plan to build a North American perimeter around the continent on Feb. 5, 2011 in Canada. The plan for this perimeter, a new border for North America with open internal borders and a North American Border Pass, can be found in the CFR plan for Building a North American Community, page 8. See this link for document.

This document also reveals a plan to “Increase labor mobility within North America.”

“To make the most of the impressive pool of skill and talent within North America, the three countries should look beyond the NAFTA visa system…A long-term goal should be to create a “North American preference” -new rules that would make it much easier for employees to move and for employers to recruit across national boundaries within the continent. This would enhance productivity, contribute to Mexico’s development, and address one of the main outstanding issues on the Mexican-U.S. bilateral agenda.

“Canada and the United States should consider eliminating restrictions on labor mobility altogether and work toward solutions that, in the long run, could enable the extension of full labor mobility to Mexico as well.” (pp. 26, 27) See CFR link above.

This plan to replace Americans with Mexican workers, including professionals, was to be operational by 2010. If any of you had hopes that the situation for American workers would improve, it won’t happen as long as corporations own our government. Think of that the next time you walk in Wal-Mart. The CEO was one of the original 10 CEO “advisors” for the integration of North America. In the meantime the world moves on toward its destiny. This will be a time for survival and permanent change.

Kunstler on the housing bubble, Sept. 8, 2005:

The next thing to look for: If fewer suburban houses are sold because of higher energy prices, the creation of false liquidity in the form of mortgages spun out of thin air will cease. If this stream of false liquidity ceases, the government-sponsored entities who bundle all this debt into tradable instruments will find themselves in trouble. If they go off the rails, the American finance sector will follow like a choo-choo train.” (That train is still off the tracks, lying in a ravine.) Click to enlarge photo.

In another 2005 interview, Kunstler gave a time frame for a significant destabilizing of our society:

“We have reason to believe that we are at or near the peak (of oil) right now (2005) because oil market prices are wobbling and prices are volatile, and there is no swing producer. In the next three years (2008) we are going to be feeling the pain. Our lives are going to be noticeably beginning to be disrupted. In the next 10 years, you will see the beginning of a major collapse of suburbia.” Peak oil has been reached and oil output is declining for most of the oil fields.

This new world that Americans are stumbling toward, many of you still in a state of denial, will have to be self-sufficient during the long emergency. No government will be able to help you. You are on your own.


“The circumstances of the Long Emergency will be the opposite of what we currently experience. There will be hunger instead of plenty, cold where there was once warmth, effort where there was once leisure, sickness where there was health, and violence where there was peace. We will have to adjust our attitudes, values, and ideas to accommodate these new circumstances and we may not recognize the people we will soon become or the people we once were. In a world where sheer survival dominates all other concerns, a tragic view of life is apt to reassert itself. This is another way of saying that we will become keenly aware of the limitations of human nature in general and its relation to ubiquitous mortality in particular. Life will get more real.”


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