The Essential Role of Crisis in Systemic Change

“Profound systemic changes do not occur in stable eras and regions, for the simple simple reason that there is no pressure to make changes if all is well (or at least tolerable). Systemic change is only possible when everyone finally accepts that the current arrangement is collapsing under its own weight. Only systemic crisis opens the door to structural change, as those benefiting from the current system will resist anything that might threaten their privileges.

Since the alternate system I am proposing may not be allowed to arise in stable economies, the new system will likely arise in places where the majority are fed up and the Powers That Be are losing their grip. This new system can only self-assemble if the state, central bank and cartels are unable to suppress it. Ironically, the new system actually strengthens the legitimate state and marketplace.

This new system’s primary function is the alleviation of poverty via the expansion of income and capital. Rather than view this new system as a threat, an enlightened state and market would embrace the system’s alleviation of poverty as a great boon to the sustainability of the state and market.“

A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful, pp. 113-114, Charles Hugh Smith