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The Twilight of Abundance
American Thinker, by David Archibald

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Posted By:HedgehogInOz, 4/12/2014 12:05:12 PM

Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history. The superpower nuclear standoff gave us fifty years of relative peace. We had cheap energy from an inherent over-supply of oil. Grain supply increased faster than population growth. And the climate warmed due to the highest level of solar activity for eight thousand years. All those trends are now reversing. We are now in the twilight of that age of abundance. My new book, The Twilight of Abundance, had its beginning almost a decade ago.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/12/2014 12:31:10 PM     (No. 9808206)

Everyone should read and disseminate this essay. Must read!

FTA: Socialism is an archaic and regressive behaviour that we left behind in evolutionary terms with the development of agriculture ten thousand years ago. It all has to do with the enormous amount of effort needed to take human babies and infants through to adolescence. That led to group food pooling behaviour in our Palaeolithic forbears. Everything was shared and nobody got ahead no matter how hard they tried. It seems that our species was once hard-wired for socialism.

Fortunately, group food pooling behaviour was superseded by the storable surpluses from agriculture and civilisation blossomed thereafter. This was the beginning of private property, capital formation, division of labour and all the other good things that led to the level of civilisation we now enjoy. Thus conservatism is a more evolved state than socialism.


In two paragraphs David Archibald demonstrates the immorality of the socialism toward which all Democrats and some Republicans are pushing us.

Archibald´s idea that we should be be perfecting the design of thorium molten salt reactors should be bruited from rooftops. The abundant energy thorium reactors will produce might well protect America from the poverty that is about to overtake human civilization.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: QRP, 4/12/2014 12:35:19 PM     (No. 9808213)

Well, he has some of it right. We do seem to be entering a time when the sun is cooling off and with it will come a shorter growing season. Any increase in CO2 will probably not offset the decrease in grain we can grow and countries that import grain are going to be out of luck.
He misses the point entirely on energy. Yes the price of oil has gone up, but that enabled new recovery technology. We are still ramping up production, but the proven reserves of recoverable energy have skyrocketed. The oil cartel has pretty much crumbled and if grain gets scarce they are not going to be able to trade oil for food.
In general I think we are going to see a twilight of abundance, but mainly because of changes in the sun.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: craige, 4/12/2014 12:36:37 PM     (No. 9808216)

I disagree about a long term cooling trend. Judging from the last hundred years, it should cool slightly for only 20 - 30 years. Akin to 1945 - 1975.
Over the next 500 - 750 years, temperatures should warm 1 - 2 degrees (1500 year cycle).
Within 5,000 years, another period of glaciation will start (Ice Age).
Within 4 billion years, the sun will burn up the planet.
We are all doomed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/12/2014 12:50:31 PM     (No. 9808231)

What an inspired nutball this guy is !

Even as an Agnostic, I enjoyed his Biblical references.

It truly is tragic that nuclear energy has been given a bad name.

It´s equally tragic that our freeekin´ hippies in power can´t get over their massively maternal instinct to just "Share" everything like good little children.

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Fortunately, group food pooling behaviour was superseded by the storable surpluses from agriculture and civilisation blossomed thereafter. This was the beginning of private property, capital formation, division of labour and all the other good things that led to the level of civilisation we now enjoy. Thus conservatism is a more evolved state than socialism.

Ya´, I know this was included above but it bears repeating and repeating and.......

This genius looney reminds me of Hitchens whom I still miss very much.



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