Why Infrastructures Fail

by | Apr 12, 2021 | Content Updates

Infrastructures fail because there is always a pig at the top.

Humanity’s greatest asset is the ability to communicate in a way that allows us to cooperate, regardless of time and space.

Two humans, who have never met and are thousands of miles apart, can work together because they share a belief and have a structure that allows them to use language to help each other.

Organizing such cooperation requires a hierarchy. The hierarchy promotes the uniting belief and regulates the way strangers use it to interact.

Hierarchies require a leader to create, manage, monitor, police and keep the beliefs tuned to the times.  These managers should create an infrastructure to support beliefs that are for the good of all who cooperate.  Willing cooperation has power (versus force) That makes hierarchies last.

Since the managers are humans… chances are… those at the top eventually cause the hierarchy to fail, by using the hierarchy to themselves rather than the infrastructure that serves all.  Eventually the infrastructure deteriorates and the belief is lost.  From that point, cooperation has to be gained by coercion rather than agreement.

George Orwell described this never ending tale in his 1945 novel “Animal Farm”.  This is the story is of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer. Their belief?  They believe that there should be a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.  Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

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We are currently seeing this type of infrastructure failure accelerating in a dominant hierarchy (the global economy) with a lot of pigs on top.

We’ve watched fires, storms and pandemic short circuit everything from toilet paper to electricity and our leaders have done little to solve these problems.

Every week something big seems to go wrong.

Last week a blockage in the Suez Canal, was the story.

This week it’s a dam breach in Florida.

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A Guardian.com article “Florida Imminent Pollution Catastrophe” (1) revealed details.

The article said: Work crews were pumping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater into an ecologically sensitive Florida bay on Sunday, as they tried to prevent the “imminent” collapse of a storage reservoir at an old phosphate mine.

Officials in Manatee county extended an evacuation zone overnight and warned that up to 340m gallons could engulf the area in “a 20ft wall of water” if they could not repair the breach at the Piney Point reservoir in the Tampa Bay area, north of Bradenton.

When pumping many millions of gallons of toxic water into the water supply is considered a solution… I think we can call this a serious infrastructure failure.

The next looming infrastructure challenge is with microchips.

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A Wall Street Journal article, “GM to Halt Production at Several North American Plants Due to Chip Shortage” (2) reports this failure.

The article says: General Motors Co. GM 0.12% will halt production at several North American factories and extend shutdowns at others because of a chip shortage that has been worsening for U.S. auto giants and poses a threat to a strong sales rebound.

GM said Thursday that three plants previously unaffected by semiconductor supply problems will be idled or have output reduced for one or two weeks, including a factory in Tennessee and another in Michigan that make popular midsize sport-utility vehicles. Models affected include the Chevrolet Traverse SUV and the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 SUVs.

The moves follow news last week that Ford Motor Co. would deepen production cuts in North America, including idling for two weeks a factory near its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., that makes the F-150 pickup truck, its biggest moneymaker.

Increased coercion is being required to maintain the hierarchy.

Not only is it human nature for the pigs in the hierarchy to take more than their fair share from the trough, they also want to maintain their position on top.  When they lose the power of belief, they turn to force.   That’s happening in many counties now.

Last Friday USA Today had an article, “In wake of riots, policing takes a militarized turn” that shows how peaceful cooperation in the USA is failing.   More coercion is required to maintain order.  The article focuses on a chain-link fence, topped by barbed wire, around the Minneapolis courthouse during the Derek Chauvin trial.

The article told how January 6 changed everything and explained that the executive director of the largest police union has said “he has no objections to a more direct relationship between the national guard and Capital Police as long as the association offered more protection for the police.”  In other words, the police are no longer enough force to maintain order in the system.

Of course as a Portlander (though I have not lived there for almost 50 years, much of my family is still there) I have watched (with some horror) as the infrastructure has deteriorated there.

This is not just an American problem.

Most of the major problems humanity faces are multinational. They can’t be solved without worldwide cooperation. Pandemics, climate change, global trade, disruptive advances in technology.

We are living in a time when technology is taking serious bites out of time and space.   We can get and give words and images, thoughts and beliefs almost anywhere we want in the world.  This threatens most local governments want to maintain sovereignty despite the fact that there are no longer any truly independent countries in the world.  Local governments want to control the beliefs that bind the hierarchy they control.  History shows that that this resistance is eventually always futile.

The big danger in a deteriorating infrastructure.

A mistake that many will make it to believe that the deteriorating infrastructure is abnormal and will revert back to the good old days.  The changes we are seeing are to be expected as the old order lets go and a new one began.

New technology will always eventually replace the old ways.  That does not mean one has to embrace the change.  The key is to know where you stand in the transition.

For example, I could choose to live at our North Carolina farm and have Amazon.com deliver all my food and other goods I desire, ordered over the internet.   I can use the high fiber optics fed bandwidth to run a virtual business and even put in hydro power to assure my electricity supply.

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Preparing a ginseng plot at our farm

Or I take the opposite end of the spectrum, put in a wood burning stove, get some picks, rakes, shovels, maybe a plow and mule (or a diesel fueled tractor if I want some technology).  I can add a cow, some chickens, maybe raise a hog or two, plus harvest venison, wild turkey, raise and catch trout.   There’s a never ending supply of wood for fuel, plenty of apples and blackberries for fruit.

I tend to live in the middle of these two options.

The key is I know where I am in the diffusion model and have a plan of action regardless of which way the infrastructure deterioration goes.

I don’t know how we as individuals can alter these facts.  We can alter how we react to whatever reality unfolds.  This reality I believe will include more deterioration of the infrastructure as we know it.   That’s why I have formed the Pruppie Club described below.

Gary

CHAOS CREATES MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

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Enormous, economic, social, political and productivity change was already in the process.  The pandemic however has accelerated and accentuated the process. You still have time to join the few who are left standing from the 2020 disaster.

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The last couple of millennia are filled with stories of empires rising and falling.  There are basic conditions in each of these tales.

  • First the idea of debt loses its real meaning and rising to levels that are unsustainable.
  • Interest rates charged for debt fall to extremely low levels so the idea of investing for a known amount stops making sense.
  • Central monetary authorities replace innovation and increased productivity as activators of the economy.
  • Disparity of wealth widens dramatically and the spread increases.
  • There is so much divisiveness in politics within countries that social and political conflicts spiral.

We’re seeing these changes rapidly happening now!

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Social and economic deterioration restricts safety, lifestyle, well-being and peace of mind. Social and economic shifts of this nature reduce the purchasing power of income.

Inflation, for example puts pensions and savings at risk. 

Growing deception allows manipulation of medical care, finances, the value of homes, how cars are bought, the price of gas, the education and raising of children, the food we buy and eat, the shows watched and the ways we work and play.

A very large and growing part of the public throughout the Western world no longer believes in the integrity of local or national government, law enforcement, health care, banking, pensions, legal systems, educational processes, media or church, just to name a few.

However, mistrust of anything authorities say has become so deeply rooted that even health assurances as serious as the pandemic have not been believed.

I invite you to join Merri and me in expecting the world to get better… to live and earn based on that expectation but…  to also prepare for bad times as well as good.  Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper.

We do not give up anything much.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

Let me be clear.  I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers that the changes from the COVID pandemic will bring.

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(1) www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/04/florida-imminent-pollution-catastrophe-phosphate-retention-pond-bradenton-piney-point-desantis

(2) www.wsj.com/articles/gm-to-halt-production-at-several-north-american-plants-due-to-chip-shortage-11617893417?mod=itp_wsj&mod=djemITP_h