Transit villages (formerly known as cities) will be restricted to having only the population that can be supported by food grown within a 100 mile radius (called a 'food shed'). Food sheds will dictate where you can live and when you can change your residence. Calculations, such as those done recently at Cornell University, will determine how much food can be grown within that area and then the Transit Village population will be limited to the number of people who can be fed by that land (click on the red to go to the Cornell website). It is reasonable to expect rationing based on this mode. If you want to move to that village you will have to apply and wait for an opening.
The recent crash/depression is world-wide and was engineered to destroy long-term expectations of economic employment. If people have no expectation of long-term employment they cannot plan for the future, and cannot comfortably buy a home and contract for a 30 year mortgage. They cannot create community with long-term neighbors. With property values plummeting there is a shift to a more transient life-style which is more conducive to living in SmartGrowth Transit Villages---condominiums and apartments. Private property and accumulation of money will be phased out through excessive regulations and land use restrictions.
Do you see? According to ICLEI, if you only have one car or no car your disposible income will be at least 20% higher. Does this mean that you will have 20% more money to spend? No. It means that corporations can lower your wages by 20% and still sell you the same number of goods. A compression of the economy with a more efficient outcome for big business. Concentrating populations into urban areas where they can be easily monitored, where their usage of energy can be regulated, where their consumption of goods can be restricted, is a goal of UN Agenda 21.
THINK ABOUT THIS: I'm going to describe the greenest community possible.
Everyone lives in small units just big enough for the number of residents to have a bed and small sitting space. Bathrooms are communal. Energy is generated by recycling human waste (methane). Everyone works collectively since that is the most efficient, and food is produced on combine farms that ring the community. No animals are permitted that consume food that could be eaten by humans unless those animals are working. Because the food generated is seldom enough to feed everyone with sufficient calories, there is malnutrition and general exhaustion. Any surplus goods generated by the group are sold for a small profit to more urban areas which do not have food sheds sufficiently large enough to provide for their inhabitants.
Since there are more people than necessary, human energy is cheaper than using machinery. Therefore tasks that previously had been done with machines, like washing clothes or pumping water, are done with human labor. The community does not value education and considers reading a waste of precious labor time. Basic tasks require full time commitments from all community members, and credits are issued. Certain people can earn loyalty points for non-physical tasks such as spying, reporting, organizing work groups, and generally making sure that any sign of independence or dissent is silenced before it is allowed to impact the group. Requests for visits to the city or for relocation to another unit will be considered based on loyalty points and the opinion of the group.
Transportation is via rail or bus and very few (top officials only) will have private vehicles. Roads will be destroyed or fall into ruin if they are considered redundant or go to areas that are off-limits to people.
Information on each individual will be coded to their place of residence and their employment source, with Global Information System (GIS) mapping technology. This is already happening. Mapping will include all relevant documents, reports, and files on each person through a data base keyed to location. Asset Based Community Development (see my blog posts) is the first step.
Most activities will be communal, and desire for privacy will be considered anti-social and a cause for investigation. A philosophy of fatalism will be developed, a sort of Zen, that discourages fighting against fate and encourages acceptance of 'What Is.'
Children will be expected to work unless they are in the cities, in which case there will be little employment available to anyone and most will be on government assistance living in subsistance level Transit Villages with inadequate food sheds. The majority of members of the 'community' will be deeply in debt and commited to petty lenders. Cash will be non-existent, having been replaced with a combination identification/credit card that has your entire weekly, monthly, or yearly allotment connected to it. There will be very little underground economy and barter will be illegal, though most participate in it. Health care will be minimal, and life expectancy will be short.
What I am describing is the New Feudalism. Neo-Feudalism. Peonage. UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development taken to its logical culmination. Remember, Revolution is bad for business.