Can I just say that the picture she paints of the Dacha life is actually quite bearable - I’d even say preferable to the current standard Pampered Twenty Percenter life-style - so long as you’ve got prepared, and acclimatised to it.
This is very much how I live now, give or take a few real privations which the average Ukrainians are suffering and I’m not. We do get power outages here at the boatyard from time to time, though; a familiar experience; so we’re all tooled up for off-grid living on our boats.
And - like the East Europeans and Russians - there happens to be enough woodland here, neglected, virtually unmanaged and unharvested, to collect all the wood-stove fuel that I need - and to spare - just for the work of carrying and processing it, with simple hand tools.
Also, there’s enough neglected land to do guerrilla growing, as I did - again - this year; first flow of taters already in use in my galley.
I do of course get it that such good luck isn’t always around for urban dwellers; but as the example of Cuba demonstrates beyond question, urban food-growing - in LARGE volume - is entirely possible, with a bit of ingenuity.
This is the way things will be going, as the Long Descent picks up pace now. For even the lightly-prepared, it’s doable - and entirely bearable!
Indeed, my considered opinion from long experience is that it’s actually much better than the PTP consumer life. How else does it come about that my grand-daughter, her husband AND her mum, between them bring in about ten times - sic! - my income; yet they’re struggling incessantly to hold their lives together, and I have to subsidise them out of my single-person state pension - which I can do, easily: no sweat at all?
World turning upside down, innit: