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By Robert A. Vella

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.  No one wants to hear it.  No one wants to give up hope, including myself.  Everyone knows the situation is bad, but most are in denial about just how bad it really is.  If shooting the messenger is the right thing to do, then I offer myself as target.  But, this message is too important to be marginalized;  and, I am compelled to convey it.

One of the problems surrounding discussions about the state of the world today is that there are two separate and distinct debates going on.  One is taking place in the public sphere, largely sanitized by the corporate news media and by duty-bound professionals wary of alarming the populace.  The other is taking place behind the closed doors of our various social institutions;  and, although the language used is couched in opaque terminologies, the substance of the debate couldn’t be more frighteningly candid.

In recent years, some professional and amateur researchers (including myself, see:  A statistical projection of Population Decline in the 21st Century due to Climate Change) have attempted to quantify the forecasted confluence of overpopulation, climate change, political and economic dysfunction, and social upheaval.  Unfortunately, these modern academic studies have been negatively associated with numerous mythical and poorly-conceived doomsday scenarios some of which are as old as human civilization itself.  However, when evaluated singularly and with objective adherence to the science, their logical conclusions are mostly inescapable.

One such academic presentation was broadcast over the weekend on C-SPAN (a 1 hour, 15 minute video) titled, Climate Change and the U.S. EconomyAuthors and academics involved in talked about the influence of climate change on the U.S. workforce. They compared the effects of climate change on the current workplace economy to the 1930’s Dust Bowl and Great Depression.  While the content was presented technically, rationally, and without sensational embellishment, descriptions of depopulation, revolution, war, and other catastrophic events kept repeating over and over again.  Two of the researchers disagreed somewhat on how this dystopian future could be managed.  One said that government knows how to deal effectively with the advent of depopulation;  although, she did not elaborate.  The other said that violent revolution on a mass scale is now unavoidable at some point in this century.

If you have the courage to watch it, do so objectively and leave your subjective intuitions behind.

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5 thoughts on “The worst is coming, folks, I’m sorry to say

  1. This is tragic, but not a surprise. War, pestilence and famine are the traditional crises that kept the human population in check. Prior to that, rare natural events like floods, volcanic eruptions or meteor strikes were devastating, but affected relatively few people.

    Over recent decades, improved hygiene and the development of vaccines increased human lifespans, thus increasing the number of children that became adults and reproduced. Simultaneously, another problem arose, especially in America: our society became largely driven by private interests that prioritize partisanship, shareholder value, commodification and centralization of land and labor, and selfish disregard for everything/everyone else in order to concentrate more dollars into fewer hands. So as the human population exploded beyond the readily available resources to provide for it, industry-created problems increased desertification and flooding that will force mass relocation and societal clashes. Improved international travel will increase disease transmission, while some politicians deny these problems and impair remedies.

    I am scared to death that we are nearing a point of no return. I cannot idly witness it without pursuing some action to alter this course of events. My suggestion is for legislative campaign reform that returns power to the people. In summary, The Fair Elections Fund–a Whole New Ball Game© (www.thefairelectionsfund.com) funds campaigns with a $7.00/year tax paid by individual IRS income tax filers. Having paid into the Fund, citizens will have a vested interest in the process. Prospective candidates must obtain Supporting Signatures from 2 — 3,000 Registered Voters in each jurisdiction in order to use these public funds for their campaigns. People will learn that funding extreme candidates will waste not only their own money, but that of their neighbors as well. Public funding and Approval Voting grants opportunity to more candidates, and will expose the outliers. If one’s preferred candidates don’t gain wide acceptance or play by the rules, the popular #2 would be elected. This could also simplify the time, expense, and representation lost during recall and special elections. Resourceful individuals are really good at solving problems, so we must enable and empower them.

    Doing nothing is not an option. @thefairelection

    • Excellent comment, and I have nothing to add.

      However, the solicitation – well intended or not – is unwelcome here. I’ll allow it this time, but please refrain from doing so in the future. -Administrator

  2. Your warning is acknowledged. My efforts are gratis; not soliciting donations anywhere, any time.

    Claudia @thefairelection

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