James Howard Kunstler begins this ten-point primer on how to survive the coming post-oil era thusly: "Out in the public arena, people frequently twang on me for being 'Mister Gloom'n'doom,' or for 'not offering any solutions' to our looming energy crisis. So, for those of you who are tired of wringing your hands, who would like to do something useful, or focus your attention in a purposeful way, here are my suggestions..." And these include a lot of suggestions I'm quite familiar with -- you know, go local, make stuff, grow stuff, think beyond the car, get used to the idea that listening to Saint Etienne on your iPod is one day going to be a memory and not an activity. It's curmudgeonly, too -- "get busy," "get off your ass," etc., though back in the day he might have said bust a move -- which means it's after my own heart. If you read only one thing on the internet this year, read this thing, too.
Mind you, I think it's important to fight at all levels -- we have to think within the car as well as beyond it, which is to say fight for more fuel-efficient cars at the same time we fight for a world that doesn't need cars. But Mr. Kunstler's primer is a good thing to give to your subconscious.