Wishful Thinking
Bill Quick

Civilization’s Starter Kit – NYTimes.com

As a result, I think we feel a sense of disconnect between our modern existence and the underlying processes that support our lives. Who has any real understanding of where their last meal came from or how the objects in their pockets were dug out of the earth and transformed into useful materials? What would we do if, in some science-fiction scenario, a global catastrophe collapsed civilization and we were members of a small society of survivors?

Actually, anybody as helplessly unprepared as you seem to be likely wouldn’t survive to be in that “small society.”

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Wishful Thinking — 10 Comments

  1. Who has any real understanding of where their last meal came from or how the objects in their pockets were dug out of the earth and transformed into useful materials?

    I do. My kids do. Anyone with an 8th grade understanding of earth science does. You brickbrained moron. I bet you think you can’t see an electron.

  2. I’ve got a pretty good idea of a lot of it. I couldn’t build a 40nM quad core CPU with nothing but a pocketknife and a pocketful of lint, but I’d come closer than most.

    If you think you’ll need to rebuild technological civilization from a 17th Century starting point, recommended reading includes Burke’s Connections, the various How Things Work, and a handful of hands-on “science books for boys” from the early 1900s. You’ll also want a cookbook from the 1800s so you don’t starve to death while rebuilding civilization.