Dropout economy

Time Magazine says maybe our schools are pointless and if your kid drops out, maybe he has a better idea of what to do. Seriously.

Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells. As industrial agriculture sputters under the strain of the spiraling costs of water, gasoline and fertilizer, networks of farmers using sophisticated techniques that combine cutting-edge green technologies with ancient Mayan know-how build an alternative food-distribution system. Faced with the burden of financing the decades-long retirement of aging boomers, many of the young embrace a new underground economy

Glendale Stewart is already doing this in Detroit. He bought a vacant lot there, put a fence around it, lives in a trailer. He has bicycle-powered electricity, gets water from rain, do a few odd jobs, doesn’t really need money, and has no bills.

Urbanophile profiles him and his blog, Detroitblog, which is a must-read.