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15 Ways the World Will Change Once the “Great Boom” Hits

golden ageThe great golden age is upon us. We haven’t seen it because we’ve been looking at the wrong things and in the wrong directions.

Regardless, it is here. It has been building for some time and it is ready to break out. And it will break out as soon as enough of us start acting in support of the golden age, rather than accepting its delay.

Yes, I know that it doesn’t remotely seem like a golden age is here. We have overwhelming bills, we are working more hours than we can really handle, and we are stressed to the point of illness. Please place this thought aside for a moment; I will explain it below. Before that, I want to give you an idea of what the golden age will be like. It is important for us to look ahead, so we can see where we are going and to make some sense of the current situation.

As I worked on this issue, an old passage from the book of Isaiah kept leaping to mind; it beautifully describes the arrival of a golden age. Here’s the part that relates to us now:

Go through the gates, prepare the way of the people. Cast up, cast up a highway, gather out the stones, lift up a standard for the people.

Regardless of who Isaiah had in mind, this is an excellent summation of what we must do to set our golden age free. So, let’s step outside of the gates – outside of the city – outside of the televised script – and take a fresh look at what lies before us.

The Great Boom

What lies before us is an economic boom beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. Please understand, this is not the usual idealistic scenario of happy miracles leaping up once we all start living the “right way.” Everything below is based upon factors that already exist.

This is not “could be.” This is “already here and needs to be released.”

The following list is based upon a very clean scenario: the failure of existing economic and ruling structures in the West, followed by individuals reorganizing on their own. In real life, the changeover will be an uglier process than is depicted here, but it is important to start with as clear a set of images as possible. It’s hard enough to depict the future, without making it complicated.

So, the great boom begins with a collapse of existing systems, similar to the end of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe. Once released, we would begin to encounter these things:

  1. An immediate and massive increase in prosperity. There will be no income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, payroll taxes, gasoline taxes or the like. People will spend this ‘extra’ money on other things. A few will blow their new money at racetracks and casinos, but most of them will buy things of more enduring value and invest in promising businesses. Some percentage of this money will have to be spent on physical and fire protection – however newly organized – but that amount will be an order of magnitude lower than what people paid within the old structures.
  2. Massive growth in the gas and oil businesses. With no one forbidding them, people will begin extracting oil, and especially gas, from lands they own. This will not only create jobs in drilling, but in pipeline construction, liquefaction terminals, trucking, and dozens of specialties. There are thousands of trillions of cubic meters of natural gas all across North America, Europe and elsewhere, and most of it can be safely and reliably extracted using a technology called “fracking.” (It involves horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, at depths of two miles or so.) And this is not the only new hydrocarbon technology.
    This energy boom will affect far more than just oil and gas; it will make nearly every other product cheaper and therefore more abundant. In addition, it will deprive many of the world’s biggest trouble-makers of easy money from gas and oil. All those billions of petrol-dollars will be transferred to the hands of individuals and private businesses… who have a long track record of behaving much, much better than oil-rich dictators.
  3. New security and commercial adaptations. All sorts of new services and businesses will emerge. One early group will be replacements for the security services formerly monopolized by the state. It will be a time of multiplied options. Some will fail and some will succeed, but the world will become much more interesting. Millions of self-organizers will be set free from office cubicles and corporate manuals. Instead of taking orders in very narrow fields of action, their minds will be free to create… and they will create.
  4. Many more, and better, industry associations. Once there is no more state to punish rogue businesses, the responsible people in most industries will organize themselves and create industry associations. These associations will effectively police their own trades and will tend to develop their businesses. They will certainly be better at this than uninformed politicians a thousand kilometers away.
  5. Unregulated professions provide more and cheaper services. Why can’t a dental assistant with twenty years of experience replace your filling? Why can’t a reliable person drive you around for a fee? In the golden age, these will not be questions that people have to ask. Such things (and many more) are now forbidden by professional regulation laws. This has especially hurt the lower end of the economic scale. The dentist has to go through many years of expensive training to be able to work. Merely to pay back his loans requires him to charge high fees. That cuts out the low end. (The same goes for lawyers, doctors, etc.)
    If you need crucial services, you will always have to pay the higher rates, but the man who merely needs a filling replaced shouldn’t be forced to pay for a dental surgeon. And the dental surgeon should be able to work his way through school by filling cavities. These changes will not only provide better value, but will open good jobs to many more people. Those who go on to the tops of their fields will still be well-paid and reputation agencies will form to provide the necessary assurances of safety.
  6. Marginal operations will become viable. Martial arts schools, storefront churches, small restaurants and many other businesses that can’t usually make it now, will become viable. This is doubly important because these are the types of businesses that are undertaken for love of the work, and which tend to enrich people’s lives. Our lives will be enhanced in unexpected ways.
  7. Maximization is no longer necessary. Once a basketful of reporting, taxation and regulatory impositions are gone, businesses will not have to discard marginally profitable products or services. The two-day-per-week mechanic can work in a corner of the parking garage, the retired accountant can work a couple of mornings per week for old clients, and so on. If you and the customer agree, you can do it.
  8. Self-help and charitable organizations spring up. Once state charity is gone and productive people effectively double their incomes, they will become more charitable. When it is not coerced, people feel good about giving, creating a double benefit and a virtuous cycle. The new arrangements will be far more effective than the old institutions. The people who run charities will be set free to adapt, improvise and to make informal arrangements that help people.
  9. Private vendors are free to sell whatever they like. There will be far more products, available in far more places. No one will be forbidding. This provides housewives a chance to sell pastries, teenagers to deliver packages, and damaged people (mentally retarded, crippled, etc.) a chance to work and make money however they are able.
  10. The War on Drugs vanishes, and rich monsters with it. A very well informed friend of mine says this: One hundred years ago heroin and cocaine were legal, and there was about a 1.5% addiction rate. Now, they are illegal and there’s about a 1.5% addiction rate. I believe him to be correct. In the meanwhile, honest people have been driven out of the trade, prices have skyrocketed, thousands of monstrous criminals have become obscenely rich, massive fortunes have been wasted, and millions of non-violent drug users have had their lives ruined in prisons. When drug prohibition ends, many kinds of abuses will end with it.
  11. Insurance and bonds. Insurance companies will find broad new areas of demand. Reputation merchants and bondsmen will become important new businesses; escrow agents as well.
  12. Schooling will be radically changed. Good schoolteachers will find people competing for their services; bad ones will have to move along. There will be lots of work for tutors.
  13. The return of the middle class. The new economic options will be mostly small. This will give medium income people multiplied opportunities to make money. Also, their financial burdens, relative to others, will be reduced. They will experience greater release and improvement, resulting in a new type of productive middle class.
  14. The return of fine craftsmanship. Many people will fear for the worst as building codes are no longer enforced. What actually happens will be mostly the opposite. In the current environment, people specify the legal minimum as a default. Once that begins to change, quality workmanship will increase. (If you examine buildings constructed before enforced standards overwhelmed the market, you’ll find excellent workmanship.)
  15. Barnstorming and dinner clubs return. There were quite a few unique activities that went away because of regulations, among them amateur aviation and dinner clubs. Barnstorming vanished by about 1935 and dinner clubs by 1960, both the victims of regulators. There are many other cases like these. Old pursuits will return.

Not all will be sweetness and light, however. There will be problems. These problems will be minor compared to the overall benefit, and fairly easily solved, but they will show up.

The first problem area is replacements for “old system” services: roads, firemen, policing. The hardest of these, surprisingly, will be roads. The solution involves nothing more than finding a way to pay the same people who fix the roads now (who will be glad for the work and won’t have to bribe politicians), but people will probably ignore the problem until the roads start to fall apart. Then, in desperation, they’ll cooperate and get them fixed. Insurance companies will probably handle the fire department reorganization. There is plenty of private police protection already, so this will barely be a problem. Projections suggest $30 per month, per house or business, as a base cost level. That’s not much, especially considering that taxes and enforced fees will be absent.

Long-standing problems pertaining to waterways and pollution will remain, but should be no worse under the new arrangements than under the old. The common law, which will endure, dealt with such issues back to medieval times and will continue to do so.

Epidemics sound like a scary problem, but, modern medicine being what it is, this is unlikely. Problems may emerge in a few scattered places and times, but they will exist mostly in the fear-based media.

Mafia groups and street gangs will remain a problem, but less so: there will be no easy profits from drugs and no protection to buy from politicians.

The abandoned elderly, the insane and other sad cases have always been with us, and will continue to be. Charity will increase and these problems will be handled better than they are now, but we should expect a few tragic stories. They, too, are part of the human experience.

Probably the biggest problem will be future shock. Like people emerging from darkened caves into the sun, it will take time for many of us to adjust. Taking responsibility for your own destiny can be frightening. We may have to face the reality of genetic engineering and perhaps near-immortality. There will be great nostalgia for being held in place as part of a larger entity.

In short, we’ll be forced to grow up, and that can be terrifying.

But wouldn’t the results be worth it?

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Paul Rosenberg

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  • The Federal Farmer August 30, 2013, 9:51 am

    Great piece!

  • wildn karafree August 31, 2013, 7:52 pm

    this is ridiculous, Nothing has changed in your Golden View, just more consuming, materialism and greed. Massive growth in the gas and oil industry? I guess it hasn’t caught your attention the massive destruction of the land because of the gas and oil industry… If you have a Society of people co operating and working with each other why do you need Insurance and private police?…just to mention a few of the problems I see with your view

  • Marcus Cake September 2, 2013, 7:40 am

    I think we can “turnkey” the Golden Age you refer to … quickly and cheaply.

    We are in a ‘trapped transition’ between two economic development stages – the Information Age ends with Centralised stagnation. The next stage ‘Wisdom Networks’ crowd creates distributed prosperity (or the Golden Age you refer to). We may be trapped in transition for another 15 years.

    The community (or crowd) has been building the foundation for distributed prosperity for decades – the first three elements data (internet completed in 30 years), information (world wide web in 15 years), community (social networks in 10 years) … the next three elements to be distributed are collaboration, knowledge and wisdom will be achieved in less than 5 years with wisdom networks.

    IF we restructure communities FROM point to point communication and its centralised form in the physical world TO peer to peer collaboration and distributed contribution over the internet, THEN it solves huge problems resulting from Information Age structures and delivers a new era of productivity, growth and distributed prosperity. Distributed prosperity (or Golden Age) can be enabled in 1-2 years with less than 30 networks and 900 people and it could transform the world in 2-5 years.

    Wisdom Networks are an elective singularity and reshape the status quo using the peer to peer structure of the internet and achieving a rapid jump in productivity, potential output (18.2% to 55%), productive work time (28% to 50-75%) and usher in the new era of prosperity. This would be the overdue third revolution in economic development.

    Have a look at http://www.wisdomnetworks.im for presentations and screenshots.

  • Dawn Owens September 13, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Stopped reading when you said fracking was safe.

  • Jeremy Kidder September 18, 2013, 1:29 am

    I’m looking forward to it. Thank you Paul for painting a picture of how life could and should be. 🙂

  • BobJ June 5, 2014, 12:31 pm

    Or we could get a violent, vicious dictator.

  • Cephyr13 June 14, 2015, 2:52 pm

    I don’t mean to scare you, but you’re missing two very key issues with the economy and the Golden Age. First, understand that the Golden Age is a reference to the refining of gold, which represents the refining of people’s maturity (right now, we’re emotionally immature and innauthentic). In the Bible, “perfect” actually means, “Mature in thought and action with a feeling of wholeness–complete.” The Refiner’s Fire is a metaphor for God maturing us–purifying us. Bringing us into our authentic selves again rather than the ego-driven pretentious people we are now due to fear. This is what Judgment Day is–it’s the Refiner’s Fire all at once. We are refined now, and we are refined after death. but Judgment Day refines us and the earth. This is what brings the Golden Age you’re referring to. And God says He’ll make a new heaven and new earth at this point. More accurately, a “renewed” earth and heaven–refined. In James 5, it says, “In the last days, men will store up their gold and it will rust,” which means gold will be worthless. If gold is worthless, it means the entire economy has completely collapsed and money has no worth. We become a barter and trade system at that point, and it’s all about survival. The oil and gas stop flowing at that point. No one’s money is worthy anything. So this is the second point you’re missing. When the economy collapses, we won’t have any oil, fuel, or electricity. It all goes away. Food won’t make it to the grocery stories since there will be no fuel. We will starve in the cities after the food’s eaten. There will be mass rioting and lots of casualties most likely. Once that’s all happened, you’ll have smaller groups of people who’ve spread out to outer areas and maybe managed to find places where food is growing or where they can grow food. But that’s only if they have a good supply of food to keep them alive while they grow food. You’re backward on what’s going to happen. We have way too much debt worldwide. When we go down in the US, the whole world goes down, because we’re the world currency, and our money keeps everyone afloat.

  • Ade August 27, 2015, 9:44 am

    Looking at this today (August 2015) already your thoughts look like they were written in the 18th Century. You are not looking at a Golden Age, you are envisaging the removal of one corrupt set of sycophant’s and replacing them with a new set.
    We do not want new leadership to start the whole exploitation process again, we want to start believing that when we wake up in the morning, we are on a positive journey free from money grabbers and to-the-top runners. We want to know that in 2016 there are no world food shortages, that no-one set of people are believed more equal than another. We do not want vast corporates working governments in their favour so as to sell more product because they need to make more profits for a few other people, over quality and value for the many. We do not need vast stores appearing in community’s acting like huge hovers, that are removing local money and redistributing it into foreign off-shore banks.
    We want community back. We want the images of media to be stop pumping the world with scare mongering and hate. We want the ability to vote on all aspects of life. If the world suddenly were given a choice of where it’s money should be spent, We would not see a sudden increase in villas in the tropics appearing, we would see a large investment in the poorer areas, bringing them up to a good standard. A standard that every person in this world deserves and could be afford to be given.
    By bringing the poor areas up and giving the worst off in society hope and a vision you would loose all mafia becouse you remove the underclass.
    I could go on and on…basically your list of what you envisage as a golden age, is both naive and very scary…

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