Self-Sufficiency Will Be The Only Way to Survive: “Nothing Will Have Any Value Except Food”

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Paul Martin
August 17, 2016

Not every nation has the social and economic flexibility needed to survive the future. Those with surplus food will be the ultimate arbiters of value…

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

Ironically, autarky and these cultural dynamics arise from decentralization and the free flow of information, not one-world centralization.

In my recent essay Could the Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary? I wrote:

“An increasingly powerful sector of the Deep State views the neo-con agenda as a disaster for American interests, and is far more focused on the Long Game of energy, food security, economic and military innovation and a productive response to climate change.”

This runs counter to the conventional view that the U.S. Deep State is rabidly attached to the neoconservative liberal hegemony model of geopolitical hard power. If you want some evidence for this shift, please read this essay from the journal of the Deep State, Foreign Affairs; if you read this carefully, you will find a devastating critique of the neo-con strategy and an alternative strategy based on autarky, a topic we’ll discuss in a moment.

The Case for Offshore Balancing: A Superior U.S. Grand Strategy (registration required)

What is the Deep State? Former congressional staff member Mike Lofgren described the Deep State thusly:

“I use the term to mean a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.”

I have been studying the Deep State for 40 years, and have written extensively about it for the past 10 years, including:

The Next Superpower/Empire (July 16, 2009)
The Dollar and the Deep State (February 24, 2014)

The alternative media often embraces a model in which political and financial elites seek to consolidate their power in a one-world government and currency. My esteemed colleague Brandon Smith recently wrote an insightful essay suggesting that domestic instability and disunity could set the stage for further consolidation of power–a strategy he termed the Long Game:

2016 Will End With Economic Instability And A Trump Presidency

While I understand the model–Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism describes the strategy of “never let an engineered crisis go to waste”–I respectfully disagree.

While many understandably view the Deep State as being wedded to globalization and centralized one-world power structures, I see the Emergent Deep State in the U.S. pursuing a much different Long Game: autarky (self-sufficiency), and the geopolitical influence that flows from an abundance of the FEW resources, my term for the essential resources of food, energy and water.

The Rest…HERE

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