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Global Economic Collapse Imminent: MIT Researchers Predict Next Great Depression By 2030

Global Economic Collapse Imminent:  MIT Researchers Predict Next Great Depression By 2030.


“The world is on track for disaster.”


Mac Slavo

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computer model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process.


Consumption based economy
Everything is fine!

Via Smithsonian Magazine:  Recent research supports the conclusions of a controversial environmental study released 40 years ago:  the world is on track for disaster.  So says Australian physicist Graham Turner, who revisited perhaps the most groundbreaking academic work of the 1970s, The Limits to Growth.

Written by MIT researchers for an international think tank, the Club of Rome, the study used computers to model several possible future scenarios.  The business-as-usual scenario estimated that if human beings continued to consume more than nature was capable of providing, global economic collapse and precipitous population decline could occur by 2030.

Of course nobody can predict the future.  But it is a warning.  If humanity continues this mindless exploitation of our planet, if we continue our addiction to consumption, if we insist on the unsustainable path of economic growth, Western civilization will collapse.

I disagree with the idea in this documentary that by destroying the machines we will solve the problem.  It has been done before by the Luddites;  it didn’t work.  I don’t think that technology is the problem.  It is how we use the technology.  Technology might even help ameliorate some problems.  For example, the e-readers and e-books  save a lot of trees.  Smaller devices like the i-Pad and smart phones will save raw materials.  Also one universal device will replace laptops, desktops and TVs.  Thanks to the internet many of us can work from home. Humanity eventually will spread to other planets.

But technology cannot solve all the problems humanity is facing.  Due to technology advancements many will lose their jobs.  And then what? 

If people continue to use technological advancements in order to devise better ways to kill each other, we are doomed as a species.

I do believe that intelligent species capable of interstellar travel were able to advance spiritually to avoid self distraction and were able to use enormous power needed for star ships without killing themselves in the process. Assuming there are millions of habitable planets just in our galaxy, there are likely advanced civilization capable of interstellar travel.  The reason we had no contact is that advanced species prefer not to interfere with primitive species and allowed the natural selection do the work.  Did all intelligent species survive the crucial transitional period that we are just entering?  Probably not.  Natural selection at work.

According to the MIT findings and numerous others (including my opinion), we are rapidly approaching a major crisis for humanity.  And I doubt that it is preventable.  I hope I am wrong.  But so far,  I don’t see any indications that governments are doing anything to prevent the crisis.

Will humanity survive this crisis?  Probably. But in much smaller numbers.

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