Wander over to Lloyd's blog at South Gippsland Futures for a well reasoned and sensible post on preparing our local communities for the Greater Depression
also see Kurt Cobb's post on The return of the Middleman
..."as the globalized economy withers--never to return in its present form in my view--we are bereft of that dense network of local shopowners, brokers of all kinds of goods, hometown bankers, small equipment repairmen who can restore broken goods to useful work and so many others whom we will be needing in the future that is now unfolding"...
Also see Peak Oil and Peak Capitalism - While we're making more and more "stuff" - the folks producing it are less able to afford it
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