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2. Garment making is (with a bit of dexterity) not difficult. Materials are needed, foremost fabrics. Zippers one can do without. Buttons can be hand-made and button holes as well.

 

But what about tights and stockings? About underwear, T-shirts, polos and all else made of jerseys. What about shoes? For all of these items customers (at this point) entirely depend upon largely obscure international production and trade. 

 

Can tights be produced regionally? The machines for it, are they available? Where?

Raw materials for tights where can they be purchased? And, ideally, one such machine should operate in every 100 km radius, thus reducing transport to 50 km or less.

 

To summarise.  Skirts, trousers, jackets and coats lend themselves to local fabrication. Made by hand and to size. Results most likely will be better (and more pleasing) than any industrial production. The same is true for blouses and sweaters (that is, if affordable knitting wools will once more be available). And for scarfs, bonnets and mittens.

For all else mankind depends on industrial production. No return to pre-industrial times is wanted here. But an advance to post-industrial times and better definitions of how to use machines. On a human scale. And largely with locally available resources.

 

  

2019

Returning from a lovely winter break in Vichy/France two thoughts are dominant. Cars should be banned (to be replaced by public transportation for people and goods). And, would not our cities be much more beautiful, if public advertising was declared illegal (to be replaced by publicly funded on-line registries for business). In addition towns would benefit from gardens everywhere. 

1.2. On the land living in tiny-houses makes sense. But, what about the city? How would one (away from the land) live in a small space, and enjoy it. With all one needs at fingertips?

 

Let’s assume rent is no problem. One would need for waking hours: A table with drawer, and a rocker. Next to it: A stand-up desk/shelf for paper work, binders and books. Above it all: A one-plug/one-switch lighting system, which lights all. For sleeping: A bed, a pole with hangers and a basket (shoes and bags below). In addition: A small drawer unit for all that must disappear and yet be at hand. For cooking: A desk/shelf unit (for pots and dishes) with garbage basket and bag (to separate things), a gas cooker, a sink and tap, and a container to capture waste water. In addition: A dry toilette and a mirror for dressing. On a balcony or in a garden: A place to turn leaves (50%), green clippings (40%) and the content of the dry toilette (10%) into compost and (with soil, compost, herbs and used water) grow vegetables, fruits and herbs for immediate consumption (or to share). In the process: Stay fit. For happy hour  and relaxation: A rocking seat with movable foot stool. 

 

To summarise: In a unit (such as this) one person will do. It may be large enough for two. As for buildings: Only one plug and one water tap is needed. Used waters go to the garden. Washcloth and swimming replace the shower. In regard to warmth it may be useful to research pre-industrial methods for keeping warm, check the availability of gas for stove and oven and hope for solar windows. To answer the obvious question. The break-through seems to have been  the development of a so called Solar Window (TM) Intra-Connection System: Invisible channels the thickness of half a hair, which permits a smooth, efficient flow of energy through the window coating to the edge of the glass. From there it connects to the building's electrical system. A non chemical, not mechanical approach, which seems to depend on carbon technology. For an illustration see their video and check the press releases.

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1.3. No Cars

Imagine a world without cars.

Not without motor-driven vehicles, but without those personal little living rooms on wheels. What would happen?

  1. Only the occasional gas station might be needed, and (if indeed a solution for making batteries, without robbing the earth, is found) no gas station at all may be necessary.

  2. As a result the production of oil fields could be limited to only supply the making of

    materials.

  3. Air pollution would drastically diminish.

  4. Streets and highway construction would cease. And with it the division of land into ever

    smaller patches.

  5. Land and cities would be liberated from the noise of automobiles and motorcycles.

  6. No traffic jams.

  7. No car crashes.

This is only the bare beginning of benefits, too obvious really to even be mentioned.

  1. People will walk, use a bicycle, roller, roller scates, scateboard or horse. The elderly may obtain the permit for a small electrically driven vehicle. Tempo limit 10km/h.

  2. The health benefit of fresh air and daily waling would be considerable.

  3. Streets and places would once again be for the people (and their animals): To move about,

    sit and talk, set up gardens, enjoy.

  4. By definition production of goods in general would become more local.

  5. Every single person would be responsible for growing their own vegetables and herbs.

  6. Planting and maintenance of fruit trees (and berry producing shrubs) might be community

    driven. Each person responsible for harvesting their own need.

  7. A local service industry would continue to flourish.

And then:

  1. Larger scale production (as needed) might develop on the land, amidst workers’ (in one or a combination of several mobil tiny) houses. Every house with garden.

  2. Companies would provide local transportation to bring their workers to the factory and back home. The same set up would transport goods from a central station to the homes.

  3. Factories would deliver locally and at most regionally.

  4. An encompassing system of publicly owned transportation would assure personal mobility

    and the distribution of goods.

  5. Advanced solar energy technology (for heating, cooking, artificial light and computers) in

    part based on advances of carbon technology would be available to all.

  6. Personal computers and mobil phones would be common to all.

  7. Dry toilets would be standard, because they are a part of food production chains and cycles.

    Used water would keep vegetable beds moist or flow back into naturally occurring creeks and rivers (The use of chemicals in foods and/or products must be banned).

With local means and production:

1. Long distance transport would be the exception. Ships may (if they wish) return to wind power or use solar technology.

  1. Small production units may make capitalism superfluous. It may continue to assist worthwhile ventures in research and developments. Banks would provide service to private and commercial clients. The stock market as we know it now (and the money poker) would be a thing of the past.

  2. Fast military airplanes, weapons manufacture, the making of bombs would be a thing of the past.

  3. Chem trails, air pollution and the rise of CO/2 would be a thing of the past.

  4. Every student would (as part of their curriculum) learn to build (and thus by the end of

    school own) a tiny house.

  5. In addition schooling as such would be directed towards understanding and making use of

    the soil (1), manufacturing processes (2) and work flow (3).

  6. Intellect and artistry would abound.

What are the keys to such changes:

A. Understand the damage the car has caused.

  1. It depletes resources.

  2. It pollutes the air.

  3. It demands ever more surface.

  4. It is noisy.

  5. It isolates man.

  6. It has caused the separation of home and work place.

  7. It forestalls the opportunity for movement.

  8. It is expensive.

B. Understand the soil:

  1. Which has been depleted by industrial agriculture

  2. Which has every option to recover

  3. Which is more than able to supply all human need

  4. Which is available everywhere

  5. Which can be improved by means which are available everywhere

  6. Which provides pleasant environments

  7. Which fosters health and well-being

1.1. What would we do without the land? Would  we do without it? No, obviously not, even if some seem to be heading for the moon. Humans and the land are made of one substance. Products of the land nourish man, and - all that lives. Land is made of rock, sand, dirt and soil. Occasionally lava rises. And on it: A multitude of plant, animal and micro-biological life. And yet, humanity by majority lives in towns. Far removed from the open land, they enjoy the results of remaining micro-biology in parks and gardens.

​First time in history, today, the chance exists to live a contemporary life on the land. Information, communication and culture are available. Due to the internet knowledge is at finger tips. Opportunity for know-how is abundant. Fellowship will increase as more people move from cities to the county. Living in a tiny-house (amidst a productive garden) may be a good start. Eat your own food, have enough to share. Be your own boss. Free of high housing costs, loans and medical expenses. Help the land to be what it was meant to be: Supplier of good food, clean air and a balanced environment.
 

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