Cybercommunities are about sustainability. And sustainability is about staying Put. Business understands this -- at least some businesses do. Here is an example from today:

The reason cybercommunities are sustainable is that they eliminate the need for expensive and useless movement. They render cars unnecessary. This saves us from the prospect that all our talk of global warming and climate change is doomed to fall to an economy that depends on commuting to survive.

Cars are a mere 20 percent or so of carbon dangers but the world that cars enable is built to make warming inevitable.

Fossil fuels

We are also facing a prospect that may accelerate warming and make the elimination of cars mandatory. When I speak of eliminating cars I am speaking also of the end of dependence on oil and fossil fuels. The earthly sponges that soak up carbon are no longer capable of doing the job. They are becoming full, saturated, impotent to save us.

Collision course

Now you will argue that I am missing the key to sustaining the car. Batteries! Clean fuel! Even driverless cars. No, because the argument is not simply that cars will make global warming happen inexorably. It is also that our present economy is no more sustainable than the present trajectory for meeting the Paris benchmarks is.

We are on a collision course with automation, robots, outsourcing and everything that spells shrinkage.

In other words what is not being sustained in the present world is us.


Consider the costs of securing vehicles and whatever fuels them and your likely income and you will hit a brick wall. Add to that the costs of building a separate home along past construction lines and you will be hitting a mortgage wall.

These two costs alone would account for massive social changes and such changes are progressing as we speak.

How about less mobility?

These social changes are about staying put. Getting work and living together. Becoming integral. Probably shrinking family size if families are even affordable, And making it harder and harder to read the style section of the upwardly mobile New York Times with anything but a dull sense of it not being for you.


Fortunately, the cybercommunity ideas will actually make for a more prosperous world because it is much more growth intensive to create everything anew so we can be happy staying put rather than producing single family homes in outlying fields and sell more and more vehicles.

I forget of course the third leg of today's rapacious economy -- higher education. Get around that. Cybercommunities are the way beyond pauperization and debt slavery.