Sunday, November 7, 2010

The age of peak everything

Malthusian catastrophe
A Malthusian catastrophe (also phrased Malthusian check, Malthusian crisis, Malthusian disaster, or Malthusian nightmare) was originally foreseen to be a forced return to subsistence-level conditions once population growth had outpaced agricultural production. Later formulations consider economic growth limits as well. The term is also commonly used in discussions of oil depletion. Based on the work of political economist Thomas Malthus (1766–1834), theories of Malthusian catastrophe are very similar to the Iron Law of Wages. The main difference is that the Malthusian theories predict what will happen over several generations or centuries, whereas the Iron Law of Wages predicts what will happen in a matter of years and decades.

An August 2007 science review in The New York Times raised the claim that the Industrial Revolution had enabled the modern world to break out of the Malthusian growth model,[1] while a front page Wall Street Journal article in March 2008 pointed out various limited resources which may soon limit human population growth because of a widespread belief in the importance of prosperity for every individual and the rising consumption trends of large developing nations such as China and India.[2]

Because of technological advances the predictions Paul R. Ehrlich made back in the '60. failed to materialize on schedule.

So far we continue to put off the Malthusian catastrophe by virtue of technological advances and perhaps reducing population growth rates.  But not only do we need to figure out how to deal with peak oil and other natural resources, we need to also deal with the consequences of zero population growth and even population decline. Peak population.
The next 30 years will be the age of peak everything.

To reach out to those that deny this is real, I say unto you, it's your ass on the line too. Your economic survival is at risk whether or not you 'believe'. This issue isn't about green, it isn't liberal, it isn't ecology or environmentalism... it's about survival as a civilization.

Found the movie Collapse

If even a fraction of what this guy says is true we're frog soup.
Michael Ruppert is too extreme for you? How about General Wesley Clark?

Here's an explaination why Ehrlich's predictions never materialized.

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