I willingly admit to being stuck in rehash, although posting excerpts from larger works may not reveal the structure I’m hoping for. Regardless, there are a few things that need to be worked through. This is going to be quite difficult, but I shall give my best swing.
- Technology is getting to the point where we can reverse globalization and re-establish small communities with something resembling high technology without being attached to a larger techno-industrial grid. Don’t ask for a detailed analysis just yet (that takes a book), but suffice to say, we are looking at a likely future where closely-knit communities are possible again. Two things stand in the way: established present institutions and the question of who controls the nukes. Federations may solve the second problem, but the first has to give way before we can do that. Technology that can easily disable nuclear weapons may obviate the need for federations.
- The big slow collapse is to be managed by controlled demolition, which mostly consists of getting out of the way and then securing your position. The survivalist stuff has been covered, but don’t fall for the primitivism bullshit. The worst thing you can do is to put technology on the back burner thinking it will all be gone in 150 years. It won’t be – and, if large-scale institutions collapse, individual technical prowess will be priceless. This ties back into the general attitude, which is to be quick and light. A future in which large-scale institutions have collapsed is one in which each individual part must be as effective as possible, because pieces that have been freed from a larger rigid structure have to suddenly have multiple proficiencies instead of just one. This also dovetails with the quality-over-quantity view.
- The ultimate goal is to get off this rock, but the governments and companies that we’ve used to leave our atmosphere in the past aren’t gonna help. To replicate that on a smaller scale, you need all of the stuff listed in the first two points. More importantly, though, that has to be an overriding goal. It has to work its way into the culture, to the point of being unspoken and tacitly accepted. Part of the ennui that kills meaning at the current stage of humanity is the absence of frontiers. The promise of a new frontier provides vitality that makes the first two points possible.
Each point here is vital to the other two. The past is 1, the present is 2, and the future is 3, but you need to be able to keep them all in balance to make it work. More importantly, each one conditions the other two, and none of them have primacy. Good luck!