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By adrian (registered) | Posted December 06, 2010 at 22:09:11

I'm not so sure that Western civilization is in nearly as much trouble as you make it out to be, at least not due to resource depletion or pollution. The resilience you advocate is in fact a key feature of Western societies and it is one of the elements, along with work ethic, representative government, low levels of corruption, and other characteristics, that has served to make Western societies the ones that still enjoy the highest standards of living in the world.

If in years ahead we have to make do with less it will have less to do with oil scarcity and more to do with our ability - or inability - to compete with China and India. Our future prosperity and ability to provide for ourselves and our children has far more to do with higher education and innovation than it does with learning how to grow our own food or develop other, more practical skills.

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