The Community Action Partnership, which is the umbrella organization of Community Action Agencies–which in turn administer the lion’s share of anti-poverty programs in the US–has just come out with a report, Facing the New Reality: Preparing Poor America for Harder Times Ahead. Input for the report came from (among others) Nate Hagens, Dmitry Orlov, Sharon Astyk, Dave Room, John Michael Greer, Megan Bachman, and Richard Heinberg.
From the report:
Letter of Introduction
- Increasing crop failures like those recently in Russia, due to extreme heat and drought; in Pakistan, due to extreme flooding; and in Australia, due to extreme heat, drought and extreme flooding.
- Increasing death, destruction and economic devastation as ever more powerful tornados, floods and hurricanes afflict larger areas across the United States.
- More forest fires and hurricanes afflict larger areas across the United States.
- Greater damage from pathogens and insects as naturally balanced ecoystems begin to break down.
- High inflation or deflation, either one further contracting the economy.
- Scarce capital or credit for job-creating development or badly needed infrastructyre projects.
- Dramatic cuts in government services as debt liabilities grow and tax revenues shrink.
- Growing ranks of the unemployed and families descending into poverty.
- Possible, some experts say, inevitable, global economic collapse.
Peter H. Kilde
Third Vice President and Strategic Initiatives Task Force Chair
The Community Action Partnership Board of Directors
Read the full report (PDF)