This reminds me of Scott Alexander's "Meditations on Moloch" https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/

If it is just us, what would happen if we all just stopped? What would happen if all said, "I'm going to turn off the screen, visit with my next-door neighbors, take up a hobby instead of watching netflix or youtube, and eat grocery store food"? I imagine the result would be very psychologically cleansing, but the short-term effects might be similar to what happens at the end of "Atlas Shrugged" - widespread social chaos as the old yet broken system is ushered out.

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Yeah - it feels like there's no easy way out. The infrastructure is too entrenched at this point. Not to say it won't happen, just might be a painful transition.

Thanks for the SSC link! That's been recommended to me before but I've never actually read it.

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