Comment 70953

By Henry and Joe (anonymous) | Posted October 29, 2011 at 21:00:41

Indeed, there is nothing that guarantees a bright and prosperous future. If anything, the likelihood of a monumental collapse of our current civilization is probably greater than before. It is not because naval gazing is more prevalent in our society than in past empires, but because the stakes are higher than ever before since the entire planet is involved. Europeans would have likely met sooner with a damning fate, had they not been given an entire half-planet subsidy as Ronald Wright points out in "A Short History of Progress". As long as we proceed with caution while we still have wealth and natural capital, we may be able to avoid the "progress traps" that destroyed Sumer, Easter Island, Rome and the Mayan Empire.

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