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The answer is patently obvious.  We must help our leaders build more large stone statues with red stone caps on their heads

so they can acquire the manna to restore the island .. I mean planet.

As food prices increase and as the food available per person decreases the poor will starve to death.  And there ain't no way to increase food production.  In fact, total food production in the US and the world has reached maximum and has started to fall:  rice production in the Sacramento Valley, the salting of fields in the California Central Valley, the areas dependent on the depleting Ogallala Aquifer, the loss of topsoil in the US Midwest, the prospects of a fertilizer shortage,the collapse of the cod fisheries, and the threatened collapse of the tuna  and salmon fisheries as well.  This is a crises in food production such that many countries (pdf!) can no longer afford to purchase food, and they can't grow enough on their own to feed their population.

We live on an island in space

and just like the Eastern Islanders the human race is dependent on what the island can provide.  We can, like the Eastern Islanders, continue to build our little statues with the red top hats until the whole thing crashes or we can start doing what needs to be done to bring the population under control and move to a sustainable lifestyle.

Make no mistake, the population WILL fall over the rest of this century.  The question is the means and procedures by and through which it happens.

If NBBooks is correct, and the Ruling Class attempts to inflate their way out of the financial crises, the Third World will explode.  Inflating the currency means an increase in the price of food costed in that currency.  The Third World is already having difficulty buying the food they need.  Increasing the costs means pricing it out of their reach. People don't quietly sit down and starve to death.  They riot, revolt, migrate, take whatever they can to raise food or raise the money to buy the food they need.  

We're not immune to this crises.  One of the things they can steal are the mines, oil fields, and the other natural resources the First World depends upon for our industrial civilization.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Apr 9th, 2008 at 12:51:54 AM EST

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