Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Five Reasons Why Our Collapse is Different

The things that are different about this collapse include:
  1. Its very international reach so we don’t have a “rest of the world” (except for perhaps the few hunter-gatherers) to fall back on;
  2. Our dependence on international trade for making computers, LED light bulbs, and everything high tech;
  3. Our dependence on electricity as well as oil;
  4. Our super specialization. Hardly any of us are farmers. Most were farmers in past collapses, and could go on farming, so that food was not a problem for most. Water and waste were handled by simple local systems as well, so that basic needs for most people could continue to be met;
  5. The extent of our population overshoot.

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