Transition Town movement: US versus Europe

An interesting insight by Lindsay Curren, publisher of the US-based Transition Voice website, commenting on the writings of Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the UK-based Transition Town movement,

In America there’s another incentive to build local economies and local resilience: the lack of a guaranteed social safety net, and the crumbling of the strained services that are available. In Europe, we “still have nets that catch you when you fall,” says Hopkins.

To be, “more survivalist based” is therefore more natural for the United States. That’s why we may see more of a desire stateside to balance family emergency and self-defense plans with community building, a reality of the culture whether it fits in with Transition’s gentler original intentions or not.