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    Life After the End of the World

    How will things be different after the end of the world? Because it will obviously not be the same. I see much more manufacturing returning to the US; especially for medical equipment and medicine. The AirBnB model is probably fucked. There'll be strong push for companies to keep large reserves for a rainy day. Working from home will become the norm for many. Borders not such a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    How will things be different after the end of the world?
    they won't be.
    things as they were is maximally beneficial to those with money and power, the changes suggested by this post and a thousand other fairy-wish delusions about massive cultural shifts from other sources would be anywhere from inconvenient to disadvantageous to those with money and power.
    the only way to get change from those with all the means to enact change and all the impetus to prevent change is violence sufficient to take away the means and the impetus, and that just won't happen.

    i'd personally say 3 months before nobody even remembers this happened, though it might take a bit longer if the herd panic instinct keeps this perpetual-motion pants shitting machine going.
    Last edited by prideandfall; 03-27-2020 at 11:09 PM.

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    Since the world won't end, there's no need to contemplate if there will be streets of gold...

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    I thought the world ended when Obama was elected.

    Are we in heaven now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    How will things be different after the end of the world? Because it will obviously not be the same. I see much more manufacturing returning to the US; especially for medical equipment and medicine. The AirBnB model is probably fucked. There'll be strong push for companies to keep large reserves for a rainy day. Working from home will become the norm for many. Borders not such a bad thing.
    I don't see any compelling reason any of this will happen. What impetus is there to bring manufacturing back to the US. All of the cost structures which sent factories to Asia will still be in place. Labor and real estate will still be cheaper in China.

    Who is going to push corporations to keep cash reserves? Shareholders? I don't think so. What corporate tax structure would make it advantageous to withhold profits from shareholders and also not invest it in future ventures?

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    What life will look like after the end of the world is difficult to say.

    But one thing's for sure: Timing is everything.

    Start looting too soon: Get shot by the last remaining law enforcement officers.

    Start looting too late: Get nothing, because someone got there first.

    So the real question is, when does it become acceptable to loot a store, shoot anyone who tries to stop you, and start searching the dead for food, rather than jewellery?

    I am guessing we are not quite there yet.

    But you would have to feel a little embarrassed if you were to smash open a storefront, only to discover that the pandemic was a short-term bilp, and not the end of civilisation as we know it.

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    Rightly or wrongly, Preppers are beginning to feel vindicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBT View Post
    Rightly or wrongly, Preppers are beginning to feel vindicated.
    Preppers have always felt vindicated. It's a mental illness; That it's a survival trait 1% of the time doesn't make up for the fact that it's crazy 99% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prideandfall View Post
    i'd personally say 3 months before nobody even remembers this happened, though it might take a bit longer if the herd panic instinct keeps this perpetual-motion pants shitting machine going.
    Sounds like a bad case of Half-Life disease. Or you forgot that winter is coming to the southern hemisphere ...

    Quote Originally Posted by DBT View Post
    Rightly or wrongly, Preppers are beginning to feel vindicated.
    If I dropped a couple hundred k$ into a hole in the ground (or say $1billion as in this case), any excuse to use it would suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    The AirBnB model is probably fucked.
    How so? Somehow I am missing the connection between renting out property and this recent pandemic.

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