Sunday, February 22, 2015
Sunday Reading - This is What Disasters are made of
I came across this article over at Zerohedge yesterday and it got me contemplating the ramifications off and on all day.
A Nation of Truckers
Oh how the country has changed in the last 36 years. We were a nation of farmers, secretaries, and machine operators in 1978. The family farmer was still the backbone in the Northern Plains and Midwest. The internet didn’t exist, so letters needed to be typed, copies made, mail distributed, dictation taken, and coffee brewed. So every business was loaded with secretaries. The country still manufactured goods here in 1978. We sold them domestically and internationally. Globalization and NAFTA hadn’t become the buzz words of Ivy League educated MBA’s yet.
Go read the article it is pretty short but the entire point of the article can be summed up if you compare the two graphics.
Most common jobs by each state in 1978....
Most common jobs by each state in 2014....
Not only has farmer dwindled to only two states while truck driver took over in about 32 or more (I didn't count each one) which is scary in and of itself but how with our aging population can Primary School Teacher be at the top in at least six states?
We have digressed from a nation of producers to a Nation of warehouse merchandise shifters and grade school teachers.
Honestly if you really think about it this is the stuff disasters are made of. Several issues spring to mind if you think on this situation not the least of which is the number of actual producers I mentioned earlier.
For one if we had a sudden Black Swan event the majority of our workforce would more than likely be on the road somewhere. Think about that a minute especially if your survival plans may include a possible bug out scenario. In a sudden collapse situation the majority of our workforce would already be on the road and for all intents suddenly refugees. Perhaps enough of these truck drivers are local only types so maybe they wouldn't be refugees long but that still leaves a number of long haul refugees to think about. In fact I may have to rethink a few things about indigent travelers and their effects on the countryside.
Another aspect is of course the death of Farmer as a job. Setting aside the fact that I still believe small farms and local agriculture is the real key to a post collapse recovery think how much harder the transition is going to be now? Farm land has not been reduced as much as farmers so therefore we have less farmers farming larger acreage. No one disagrees with this but it also means the knowledge base and land units needed are simply not there. One of our first missions will be getting the workforce back to the land before small farming can even begin to take up the slack.
In a sense the entire problem with today's society can be seen from these two simple pics. Our population has expanded and grown while the producers have indeed shrunk. A situation that is ripe to be exploited and aggravated by any continued collapse. Ina way this information maybe a game changer for many of us if we consider the ramifications.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!