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The economic course of the last three decades is rather obviously based on unsustainable tricks. Is there really no high concern of what comes after foreseeable deluge? Elite calculations may show that critical dangers may be most effectively used for a transition to some neo-feudalism. Whatever happens, some are always better off. It's not even polite to mention concerns of the Club of Rome. Quite a revenge of rich fools.

An promising turn of events requires quite a lot of organization. How many are willing to contribute, how much?

by das monde on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 06:07:50 AM EST
... and what they can accomplish with a rabble of corporations each fully willing to sell out anyone and everything for a good quarterly report are two different matters.

If powerful men always set aside the defense of their individual prerogatives in defense of their class as a whole, Poland might well have had many more decades of independence than they had in the early modern period.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 at 11:32:58 AM EST
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It's actually more than a few decades of unsustainable tricks, it's a couple of centuries of them. A much-quoted article from 2002 by Gigi Richard summarizes the problem: Industrial farming is fundamentally unsustainable, and while it has held off the predictions of Malthus for quite some time, the best estimate of the carrying capacity of the planet is about four billion people. We have six billion. We are past the tipping point.

http://www.iere.org/ILEA/leaf/richard2002.html

by asdf on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 09:16:21 PM EST
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This is just wrong. And I keep running into it, over and over. Farming is not going to collapse due to peak oil, energy constraints or soil destruction or what have you.

Since the discussion is currently about north africa I am going to point out an interesting company currently building things there:
http://www.seawatergreenhouse.com/
What this does is turn a patch of desert, which has extremely low biomass, into an extremely high yield agricultural production area. The inputs are steel, glass, and labour and modest amounts of electricity, and if it becomes nessesary, this will scale to feed any number of humans the planet will ever see, forever.

by Thomas on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 06:08:30 PM EST
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