Supply chains and “Peak Everything”
Most of life should be local.
Modernity starts with the opening up of the whole world (and associated expansionist lust) about five hundred years ago. Hyper-modernity starts with the industrial revolution about two hundred years ago.
Up until the modern period production and consumption was essentially local for ninety-nine percent of people.
But the Expansionsists keep trying to do their expansion thing. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Greek Empire by Alexander the Great Expander. It collapsed. They over-expanded with the attempt at a Roman Empire. It collapsed. Etc.
The Industrial Production Empire of our time over-expanded. That’s why the system is currently facing a supply chains crisis. It’s the third sign of incipient collapse. (The first was the globalized financial freeze of 2008; the second was the globalized pandemic of 2020.)