MegaCities of the Coming Anarchy

What Would a Preview of Tomorrow’s World Look Like?

It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapesbrutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. __ The Intercept

Megacities Outgrow the Nation State Source

Megacities Outgrow the Nation State

Cities have endured long beyond the civilisations and empires that made them great. But there are limits to what cities can survive.

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters. __ Source

Global demographic forces are driving a rapid growth of cities across the third world. As these global demographic trends accelerate, the future of cities is looking more than a bit frightening. [Unspoken subtext]

The global elites are setting the stage for an unfolding nightmare. Fully prepared to “destroy the world in order to save it,” they are marching forward in corrupt lockstep dedication to a utopian ideology that can only result in ruin. The drama will be played with greatest intensity and pathos in the cities.

Already there are plenty of examples of dysfunctional cities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Without skillful management, cities become centers of decay, gridlock, crime, urban sprawl, slum housing, and pollution. The quality of life deteriorates and economic dynamism falters—scale diseconomies outweigh scale benefits.

These challenges are most acute in the megacities—cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. The world will see the number of megacities rise from 23 today to 36 in 2025. Some cities such as São Paulo and Shanghai could have GDP in excess of $500 billion by 2025, more than the GDP of Belgium or Switzerland today. __

Today’s cities are filling up with angry young people intent on mischief and mayhem. As the process unfolds, cities of tomorrow will be stinking open-sewer slums without clean water, without civil order, without basic services such as reliable power, medical services, or fire departments.

No One Can Control What is Coming

Third world peoples from Manila to Lagos to Karachi to Jakarta are being crammed into unmanageable mega-slums lacking clean water, sanitation, and other basic infrastructure. National governments have lost control of the process, as a future of criminal anarchy awaits the emerging hellholes of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The United Nations is giving tacit consent to this worldwide enterprise of decay and corruption.

Take Karachi as an example of one of the more functional emerging megacities:

How does Karachi solve its civic problems? The megacity of over 22 million people has been unable to resolve the question of how to provide basic infrastructure and basic services to a majority of its population. __

The military of the United States is concerned enough about the prospects of having to send its fighters into such megacities, that it has conducted multiple studies looking at the problem:


“Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University. __ Video of the Day h/t Zerohedge

“Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,” says a disembodied voice. “These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.” __ Source

The Problem is a Desperate One

And it will drive more and more people of competence and foresight to create their own parallel infrastructure of survival and community far from the crime and filth that concentrates within groupings of large, violent, unintelligent, and poorly ordered populations.

The decline of Europe and the Anglosphere as typified by demographic decline and corrupt elitist takeovers of most governments, cultural institutions, infrastructures, and sources of information and learning, can be disheartening — even to those who understand the larger picture and the underlying foundations of human existence, innovation, and evolution of societies.

But such things can also serve as clarion calls to action, for building parallel infrastructures that will allow competent and far-seeing groups of people to propagate their kind into the future, beyond the decay and collapse of the unsustainable world the “utopian” elites are hastily cramming together in what is becoming the slumlands.

Bright people of vision have to perform a rearguard, holding action, while at the same time laying the foundations for innovative communities and networked city-states capable of building upon the ruins of the old and degenerate order.

Disruptive human innovation is the key that unlocks an expansive and abundant human future. At this stage, it is important to focus innovative efforts around critical infrastructure, in order to make technologies of living more robustly resilient and anti-fragile.

The general attitude that is most helpful for such an enterprise is spelled out in Julian Simon’s free online ebook, Ultimate Resource. Pessimism is the living space of defeat, and open-eyed optimism, contrarianism, and unconventional thinking is the door to a more open future. Danger warnings can be very useful, but a perpetual wallowing in doom is counter-productive and self-fulfilling in the prophecy of ultimate defeat.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

The ongoing projects of the Al Fin Institutes — including The Dangerous Child movement, The Next Level, The Society for Creative Apocalyptology, and others of a more inchoate nature — cannot solve the larger problem of a humanity in decline.

But they can help to build networked communities of expertise, competence, and vision which can assist the recovery from the disastrous utopian projects of a corrupt and generally incompetent elite under which we currently endure.


An excellent presentation by Matt Ridley exposing one of the most destructive dogmas of the corrupt utopian project

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