Chapter 1: The ideas that are lying around

This is not a utopian book, nor a polemical one. Its aim is to leave a solution lying around in preparation for a crisis.

“Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.” Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning Economist



“If something can’t go on forever, it will stop.” Herbert Stein, economist

Former Soviet Dissident Warns of European collapse

“There will be a collapse of the European Union pretty much like the Soviet Union collapsed. But do not forget that when these things collapse they leave such devastation that it takes a generation to recover. Just think what will happen if it comes to an economic crisis. The recrimination between nations will be huge. It might come to blows… We will probably have, like in the Soviet Union at the end, so much ethnic strife that the mind boggles.” Vladimir Bukovsky, leading Soviet dissident, writer, and neurophysiologist, From the desk of Paul Belien February 2006