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The end of work

The Industrial Age forced people to move into cities to work in offices and factories. We are now in the Post-Industrial Age that increasingly doesn't need people at all, least of all in cities. It has been estimated that about half of all jobs will disappear inside a decade due to AI and automation, so even a traditional education is of dubious value, and debt-laden degrees far more so.

This means that a whole new model of social ambition is needed. We're still acting as if the desirable norm is to "get an education, get a job, get married, settle in the suburbs, have kids, get as rich as you can and retire". Of course, many no longer aspire to those things, but all public discussion assumes them implicitly. They are not only undesirable, but increasingly impossible.

Young people have no idea either of what's really happening nor of how to tackle it, but suspect they're being ripped off. Adults know enough to understand some of the problems, but few do anything about it, mostly because they've no idea what to do, and are fearful of their employment prospects should they take action. Most older people are simply retired and "out of the game".

A return to country living

The obvious solution is for people to move back to the country, and learn to lead slower, more peaceful, more natural and Nature-centred lives. Even someone as obtuse as Scott Morrison has recognized this, and is insisting that young folk should be required to undertake country work instead of the dole, but as politicians always do, he's using a threatening, punitive model: "Do it or else!"

A far better approach is to establish "Country Living Farms" where young folk can apply to spend a few months experiencing the following lifestyle:

  • A morning's country labouring work - fruit-picking, weeding, raking and hoeing, etc.
  • An afternoon studying and practising arts and crafts that they enjoy - music, carpentry, yoga, martial arts, painting etc.
  • The evenings creating their own entertainment by presenting their artistic skills to the community.
  • And, most especially, spending clear nights watching and studying the stars, sitting around a fire and retelling the old myths and legends in which so much traditional knowledge was preserved.

Funding the Farms

The Australian bush and outback are unique environments eagerly sought out by tourists. The peace and quiet of a secluded country retreat, and the spectacular view of the stars at night, can attract paying visitors from across the world, but especially from the crowded cities of Asia. Country Living Farms can therefore serve a dual function if correctly set up and marketed as Country Living Holiday Resorts. Not only will this make them financially viable, it will also provide alternative employment opportunities for young Australians working on them.

Australia has a reputation in Asia as a supplier of high-quality, unpolluted food, including especially organically grown fruit and vegetables. This can provide added interest and value to the holiday options presented to visitors, and quick establish brand recognition to generate and sustain an export market for produce from the Farms.

Moving beyond politics

This initiative cannot emerge from today's social structures because:

  • Governments no longer run countries: TransNational Corporations (TNCs) do.
  • The dominant purpose of most politicians is to get re-elected, and to serve the interests of the banks and corporations that fund their campaigns.
  • Banks and Big Business benefit enormously from having people crowded into cities.
  • Agribusiness does not want people living relaxed and enjoyable lives in the country, and especially not growing their own food.

From these considerations it is evident that we have also entered the Post-Political Age. Politics, and especially democracies, no longer serve the interests of the populace, but enslave them to the interests of the banks, the TNCs and their servants.

So as well as new social ambitions, we also need new social structures. The situation is now so critical that half measures simply will not serve, as innumerable recent events clearly demonstrate. Changes so fundamental and of such magnitude have only ever been achieved by war or revolution in the past. The greatest challenge we face is therefore to find a solution requiring neither. Some will claim that this is impossible, and they may well be correct.

This website is for optimists willing to work towards a goal of which many others despair.

Where to begin?

Starting a new social movement is never easy, and impossible without active support from a group of like-minded people committed to agreed goals. Finding those people is an obvious first step.

They are most likely to be found in regions sympathetic to the goals they are pursuing of which the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales is probably the best in Australia.

List of articles

See the Country Living Farms subsite for a list of articles.