Despite electricity being one of the most basic needs of modern society a lot of countries around the world have failed to ensure a stable electricity supply.
When winter storm Uri hit Texas in February 2021 the shameful state of the Texas power grid was laid bare for the world to see. People struggled for days in cold and dark homes with no access to water and electricity. A Chinese student who lives in Texas claimed “I could not image this would happen in today’s America”.
The situation in South Africa is very similar. In 1998 a report was produced which warned that South Africa would have electricity shortages due to increasing electricity demands. The report was even signed off by the Minister of Energy – Paul Maduna – but no investment was made.
In 2008 President Thabo Mbeki beautifully summarized everything which you need to know about the Eskom crisis …
“When Eskom said to the government: ‘we think we must invest more in terms of electricity generation’… We said not now, later. We were wrong. Eskom was right. We were wrong”.
Despite this embarrassing confession it is now 13 years later and still no investment has been made and South Africa is experiencing rolling blackouts as I write this article.
So what should we do?
In theory citizens of a country pay taxes to the government and the government uses this money to provide services for the citizens. Obviously this is not working. It’s clear politicians in a capitalist system cannot be trusted to provide even basic essential services.
Fortunately, there are 5 only things which you need to live:-
It’s time to accept that no one is going to provide these things for you and the situation is only going to get worse. To prepare for the future you need to get some land and start working on producing your own water, electricity, food, clothing and housing. The days of sitting around in an office and making useless games and “apps” and then later consuming water, food and electricity which someone else has produced will soon be over. In the future the economic system will be simple – you consume what you produce.
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All the best!
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