Re: [roeoz] the punctuated collapse of the roman empire
- The article provides details of the nature of collapses of civilization using the collapse of the Roman Empire as an example. It covers what happened without commenting on why! Jared Diamond in his book "Collapse" comments on why a number of civilizations collapsed, generally because of the misuse over a period of time of the natural resources available in the region. He did not examine the collapse of the Roman Empire. But he does believe Australian civilization will collapse because it is the dry continent with little fertile soil remaining. He notes that China has similar problems. Ironically these assessments do not take into account the fundamental weakness of the current industrialized civilization. It has irreversibly used up a high proportion of the limited natural resources to not only provide society with goods and services but also to construct, operate and maintain a vast array of infrastructure, predominently in cities. This is an unsustainable process so will be a major contributor to the inevitable collapse of the current industrialized civilization. Malfunction of the financial market, over population, irreversible climate change, declining availability of many resources, including those supplying energy and devastation of the enrvironment, including loss of soil fertility and potable water are other symptoms of the holistic malaise of global civilization. The collapse (dieoff of population and demolition of infrastructure) is likely to be quite rapid because so many contributing factors are now emerging. The civilization at the end of this century will be but a shadow of what exists now. Society will simply have to learn to power down with the withdrawal of the services they have become so dependent on.
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