Our Totalitarian Future - Part 2

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

In Part One, I asked questions your keepers don’t want to answer truthfully, while providing the contextual setting for how our over-populated world is progressing relentlessly towards a future of war and totalitarianism.

Totalitarianism Now

“Where the republican or limited monarchical tradition is weak, the best of constitutions will not prevent ambi­tious politicians from succumbing with glee and gusto to the temptations of power. And in any country where numbers have begun to press heavily upon avail­able resources, these temptations cannot fail to arise. Over-population leads to economic insecurity and so­cial unrest. Unrest and insecurity lead to more con­trol by central governments and an increase of their power. In the absence of a constitutional tradition, this increased power will probably be exercised in a dictatorial fashion.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958


Huxley wrote his dystopian masterpiece in 1931 before the rise of Stalin, Hitler and Mao and their murderous totalitarian empires, sustained by torture, mass murder, surveillance, and fear. Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948, after living through the nightmare of World War II and witnessing the malevolent systematic terrorism inflicted upon innocent populations by psychopathic tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. World War II killed 65 million people. Stalin’s purges killed 20 million Russians, and Mao murdered 45 million of his own people. It appeared that Orwell’s gruesome vision of a future of brutality, surveillance, and fear would come true.

Instead, Huxley’s vision gained ground in the post war world of cheap oil, mass production, consumerism, and TV advertising. It was found that government through terror works on the whole less well than government through the non-violent manip­ulation of the environment and of the thoughts and feelings of individual men, women and children. Propaganda, amusements, materialism, easily accessible debt, and relentless media messaging convinced the masses to love their enslavement and never dream of revolution. It worked as long as energy and debt remained cheap and plentiful.

The 4.4 billion increase (157%) in the world’s population since Huxley’s warning in 1958 is attributable to vast supplies of cheap easily accessible oil, natural gas and coal, which have allowed technological and agricultural advancements that have vastly expanded food production, water purification, global transportation, and medical advancements. With the peak in traditional worldwide oil production reached around 2005, and modest subsequent production increases obtained only by mining tar sands, fracking shale and drilling in deep water at much higher production costs, the era of cheap plentiful energy has come to an end.

Propaganda and storylines about vast reserves and energy independence fail to acknowledge the concept of Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI). Once it requires investing more than one barrel of oil in energy to extract one barrel of oil, the game is over. We are approaching the limits of growth because our remaining energy resources will require much more capital investment and higher prices for companies to make that investment. Oil prices were $25 per barrel when George Bush and the neo-cons launched their Iraq Freedom campaign in 2003. Eleven years later, with U.S. oil production at 44 year highs and consumption at 2000 levels, a barrel of oil is over $100 per barrel. The combination of increased demand from developing countries, vastly higher production costs, and global unrest in the areas of the world storing “our” oil under their sand will put a floor on prices, with spikes upward as resource wars flare up around the globe.

It is not a coincidence that the world economic system collapsed in 2008 after oil prices topped $140 per barrel. World food prices also spiked to all-time highs in 2008. The surge in food prices in 2011 to new highs was the impetus for the Arab Spring and social unrest across the Middle East and Africa. The FAO World Food Index spiked to levels only exceeded in 2011 earlier this year. Oil prices have surged as high as $106 and have averaged over $100 in 2014. Do you think it is just a coincidence that social unrest across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe has surged in the last few months? Rising prices and the increasing scarcity of food, water and energy resources push the desperately poor towards revolution.


Societal strife, economic decline, poverty, lawlessness, and resource deprivation in third world countries result in dependency upon a central authority to sustain the masses. In the poorest countries without a long history of democracy, the people turn to a strong leader to save them. Before long too much power is accumulated in too few hands and totalitarian regimes are born. The world is awash in the blood spilled by dictators (North Korea, Egypt, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Tunisia, Syria, Sudan) and presidents in name only (China, Vietnam, Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Russia, Argentina).

Dreadfully poor people with no hope for a better future turn to radical religion, extremist ideas, and psychotic leaders. A full belly trumps freedoms and liberties. It is not surprising that despots proliferate in the poorest countries with the highest population growth rates. The so called developed world in the U.S. and Europe had been able to sidestep and even take advantage of these developing countries until the 2008 financial collapse. The oligarchs have treated the third world as slave plantations to be reaped, plundered and pillaged. Their banker solution to a crisis caused by the fraudulent issuance of debt products has been to redouble their looting and pillaging campaign through the issuance of even more debt in order to further enrich themselves at the expense of the many.

Huxley saw it beginning to happen even during the late 1950’s:

“Meanwhile impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this impersonal pushing is being consciously acceler­ated by representatives of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of new tech­niques for manipulating, in the interest of some minor­ity, the thoughts and feelings of the masses.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

I think Huxley underestimated the lengths to which a minority of criminal wealthy bankers, their crony capitalist corporate co-conspirators, and feckless bought off politicians would go in their sociopathic manipulation of the masses to gorge themselves upon the world’s resources and wealth. In 1958 the manipulators only had TV in its infancy and independent newspapers published by journalists who attempted to report the truth. They’ve come a long way baby.

The Deep State, Silent Government, Oligarchs, TPTB, or whatever term you want to employ to our Brave New World Controllers have mastered the art of propaganda, manipulation, distraction, and social engineering to such an extent the majority of Americans have come to love their techno-narcissistic, debt saturated, welfare/warfare, surveillance state. When a minority of evil minded men gain control of a nation’s currency, own and control the few remaining propaganda news outlets, run the mega-corporations selling toxic poison processed food and iGadgets to the masses on debt issued by Wall Street banks, pay-off the politicians writing legislation and tax codes, and brainwash the youth through government controlled education, your Brave New World nightmare has arrived.

Huxley believed that over-population was not an immediate threat to the personal freedoms of Americans and Europeans due to their long history under democratic constitutions. Of course our national debt of $276 billion in 1958 was only 57% of our annual GDP of $482 billion. The population of 175 million could easily be sustained, with ample supplies of energy, food and jobs. The standard of living for families rose consistently and an economy based upon savings, capital investment, and producing things flowed wealth across all classes – raising all boats. Banks accumulated deposits from citizens and leant money to small businesses. There were no stock options, derivatives, stock buybacks, or trading profits. People borrowed sparingly and saved for the things they wanted.

Huxley predicted trouble by the beginning of the twenty first century if the population of the U.S. continued to outpace the available resources to support that population. He was right again. The party ended in 2000.The National Debt has soared to $17.6 trillion, or 104% of GDP in 2014. Why did the debt go up by a factor of 64 while GDP only advanced by a factor of 35? In 1958, prior to the blossoming of the welfare/warfare state, there were little to no unfunded liabilities. Today the total exceeds $200 trillion. A country adding debt at this astronomical rate is a country consuming far more than it is producing. Depletion of resources, overconsumption, and economic decline lead to debt expansion and centralized government control. When 20% of all households depend upon food stamps to survive, your country has too many mouths to feed and a failing economic system designed to serve the oligarchs and impoverish the peasants.

Consumer debt outstanding in 1958 totaled $48 billion, all non-revolving debt mainly for auto purchases. The credit card did not exist. Consumer debt outstanding today totals $3.2 trillion. Has this 6,667% increase in consumer debt benefitted the average person or Jamie Dimon and his ilk? Is it a rational choice of consumers in a free capitalist market or is it a result of coordinated actions by the banking cabal and their captured government benefactors to enslave the masses in debt while keeping them dumbed down and distracted by electronic gadgets produced in slave labor camps overseas under the guise of globalization? Huxley didn’t anticipate Federal Reserve bankers and cowardly captured politicians purposefully inflating away 88% of the U.S. dollar’s purchasing power as they expanded the welfare/warfare state through monetary manipulation, abandonment of gold backed currency and unfettered debt expansion. The result is real wages haven’t advanced in the last 40 years, while corporate profits reach record heights and a small cadre of oligarchs reap the rewards of debt enslavement of the many.


The Ponzi scheme system created by the invisible “leaders” of the supposedly free developed world required never ending growth to support the never ending issuance of debt in order to keep the fleecing of the masses operation running smoothly. This is where increasing population and resource depletion have thrown a monkey wrench into their printing press operation. The autocrats harvested energy and minerals resources from third world countries, while utilizing the catch phrase of globalization, as a cover for their wage arbitrage mechanism to continue their worldwide pillaging scheme. The Ivy League educated moguls are extremely smart when it comes to figuring out new and creative ways to screw the common folk, but their unparalleled hubris and arrogant disregard for humanity blind them to the ultimate consequences of their malevolent machinations. There will be blood and they will not escape unscathed. War is coming, but not the war they anticipate.

The definition of totalitarianism is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible. Our two party farce of a political system is aligned to control our lives through laws, regulations, rules, bylaws, procedures, tax codes, taxation, inflation, and debt, enforced by government apparatchiks, bureaucrats, politicians, bankers, police state thugs, and when all else fails – the military. While the masses were distracted by facebooking, texting, twittering, instagramming, taking selfies, playing Words with Friends, engaging make believe enemies on their PS3 or Xbox, watching the Kardashians on one of their 700 cable TV stations, or shopping for Chinese produced crap at one of our 1.5 million cookie cutter chain retail boxes, those in control of this country covertly turned the nation into a surveillance state while militarizing local police forces. They know the endless growth story is over. Our oppressors fear the repercussions when the masses realize it’s all been a big lie and they are left impoverished and hungry. They are attempting to instigate foreign wars, while preparing for the coming civil war.

The confusion, chaos, mayhem and war currently shaking the foundations of our planet are a direct result of too many people jammed into too small of a space with too few resources and too few opportunities for economic advancement. Poor, deprived, hungry people with nothing to lose begin to lose it. Revolution, civil unrest, radicalism, the rise of extremists and despots, and totalitarian regimes are the result. The invasion of Iraq was about oil. The overthrow of Gaddafi was about oil. The ongoing attempt to overthrow Assad is about a natural gas pipeline to Europe in order to isolate the Russians. The Ukrainian coup is about Russian natural gas and oil. The sanctions and saber rattling over Iran’s nuclear program is really about their oil. The United States is utilizing their military industrial complex and CIA assets to instigate turmoil and war around the world in an effort to gain control over the dwindling energy resources in the Middle East and Africa. Russia and China are blocking U.S. efforts at every turn, as the world inches ever closer to a major resource war.

Huxley’s Brave New World dystopian America had a good run from 1950 until 2000. Our keepers kept us fat, dumb, distracted, and in debt up to our eyeballs. Since 2000 Orwell’s 1984 dystopian Surveillance States of America seems to be taking shape, under the watchful eye of our very own Big Brother, the NSA. Fear, punishment, slogans (See Something Say Something) and appeals to non-thinking patriotism have replaced freedom, liberty, individual rights, the Constitution, personal responsibility for our own lives and questioning authority. The propagandists created the War on Terror as a way to keep the ignorant masses fearful and cowering behind the skirts of Big Brother. The 2008 financial collapse was another crisis that couldn’t go to waste. The Federal Government has expanded the spending of your tax dollars by 40% since 2007. The DHS concentrates on the internal enemy – you. The military industrial complex creates new foreign enemy threats every day – Hussein, Gaddafi, Ahmadinejad, Assad, and now Putin.

The monetary and fiscal policies of the country have remained in permanent crisis mode because the Ponzi scheme can’t be maintained without a constant debt fix. As our permanent state of crisis devolves into war, our remaining liberties will be stripped away in the name of safety, security and unquestioned support of the state. Huxley knew that we would consume, obey and submit until dictatorship became almost inevitable. Will you sit idly by while a small cabal of power hungry men destroys our country? Will you send your sons off to wars manufactured by tyrants as cannon fodder to further enrich the military industrial complex? Will you make a stand when they begin to round up subversives, dissenters, and malcontents under the guise of protecting you from domestic terrorists? Will you choose liberty and freedom over repression and descent into captivity and totalitarianism? The choice is yours.

“But liberty, as we all know, cannot flour­ish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government. And permanent crisis is what we have to expect in a world in which over-population is producing a state of things, in which dictatorship becomes almost inevitable.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958


Are you a believer?

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Or a truth seeker?

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.” – Aldous Huxley

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xcehn's picture

'Designer War By Default - Seven Types of Elite Madness'

"History tends to prove that elite psychosis and mental disorder thrive in a disoriented and changing society. For the elites themselves, there is no perception that its own and very specific “Group Think” has its own internal dynamics, what we can call “high gain positive feedback”. This quickly outstrips the pace of real events and any public knowledge or understanding of them, and can very easily “tip into war”. This is reflected today, as it was during the run-up to World War I, by what French call the “valse-hesitation” or a constant to-and-fro of radically different urges and impulses among European and American elites, and by what many historians call the “fog of war”.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Cool, but this is not your "core audience" for your post, alas, as you can surmise.

xcehn's picture

aye, captain. here's a cool site your science officer would appreciate....


TeamDepends's picture

The globalists think they have this in the bag, but the Holy Spirit has some surprises in store for them!

Escrava Isaura's picture


You said: "he Holy Spirit has some surprises in store for them!"

You are absolutely right

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



TeamDepends & Escrava Isaura

Yes, I too think there will be some big surprises coming from above.  And when He gets here, I doubt that He will be happy.

Jackagain's picture

The book of Revelation is a good preview of what's ahead....

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Besides "dilithium crystals", Kirk is very partial to...

Coal, Wood, Wind, Photovoltaics, Solar panels for pre-heating water and Heat Pumps.  The word is "Resilient".  Too bad there's no stream to use for hydro power.

Totentänzerlied's picture

You could build a 2-phase hydropower plant - use your solar/wind/whatever to power water pumps to move water into large storage tanks elevated above a hydropowered generator; when you want hydropower, open the valves on the tanks.

This is, of course, just a lower-tech version of a rechargeable battery. Unfortunately your tanks need to be quite large.

Bill of Rights's picture

After witnessing the idiots that these people truly are ,I worry not until my untimely death .

Escrava Isaura's picture

Bill of Rights,

You said: "witnessing the idiots that these people truly are"

Names, please.

Thank you.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

Orwell    1  0    Huxley

JuliaS's picture

It's actually a 50/50 split between them. A pint of Rand wouldn't hurt at this point, just to make it more interesting.

zer0concerns's picture

Arnold J Toynbee Fucking ten million yo. Should anyone be interested in skipping the revolution and just going on ahead and reading the conclusion to it allllllll instead I'd suggest ya grab the abridgment of his, a study of history. That'll clue you in on what's already happened. Once you're done with that read his magnus opus, the biosphere. That'll put ya in the know of the end game. Then you can skip the bullshit and start anew. Maybe some of you will have better days before it's over. Best to squeeze as much joy as is possible outta the life ya already have and not take any chances on the possibility their won't be a hey zeus waiting on ya for eternal ever lasting glory in that other fascist kingdom known
a s heSven that's surely just another zionist run ponzi and you're not gonna be in the club there either...should there actually be such a place.
Remember who the chosen ones are.
Yes, it's true, I've zero Fucking concerns./p>

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

"You're a smarter dude than I amGunga Din!"

I have forgotten just about as much Toynbee as I ever read.  

If I could stop posting all over the net, first I'd finish Pynchon's "Against The Day", THEN I'll take another look at Toynbee.

Thanks for your concern about me knowing the 'conclusion'. I'm pretty sure I'll know as much about it as anyone who ever lived and died before me. (I don't believe in Immortals.)

Remember, it's not the destination, it's the journey.

I's be very surprised if anybody has had a better, more amazing journey than I.

Just to spill a few beans, I'm not an atheist and not an agnostic  --because I do have faith in god.

A god who endorses NO religion and who is only discovered the way Helen Keller discovered Anne Sullivan.  Hard work. Trial and error.

Hard but not impossible.

I hate to boast but my days are full of joy, not from making money or reading my monthly statements from broker and bank. And, if at some advanced age not working isn't considered a sin, I am the proverbial 'pig in shit'.

You can find the god I found. Then you'd see how one hideous event does not break equally over the heads of both the good and the bad.


Reaper's picture

Central planning plans its battles against its prior enemies. The Natural world is always creating new different things. The world of men and ideas is always creating the new unexpected. The present leaders and planners are the spawn of an earlier successful. They are not as tough, not as clever, not as able, nor as adaptable.

Flammonde's picture

Oligarchy is transnational.  The slave system is global.  Rival oligarchies will duke it out.

espirit's picture

...and I'm sure Putin is adept at taking out a rival oligarchy.

This is what will make the future interesting.

Who's next?

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Whatever happened to the Founding Fathers?

Are they not celebrated and taught in elementary school anymore?

BlussMann's picture

The "Founding F*ps" were con artist who suckered the various sovereign States into submitting to the yoke of Federalism and unbridled money controlled central government and complete loss of individual freedoms. The Federalist gang, for example, were dead set against a Bill of Rights, but relented when the hicks in the State legislatures became suspicious of this "glorious" new government and its "genius" constitution.

zer0concerns's picture

Bluss I'd buy you a case of fine scotch for that statement.
Toooo many ZH'ers wear their asses for a hat and actually believe those homos cared about any of that bs.
They just wanted power and a legacy. None of it was true, what they taught in school. None of it.
Gore Vidal got it as close to right as is possible in his work, Burr.
Sheez, Whatta buncha Fucking dumb fucks for ever believing in anything other than great pussy, fine scotch and good smoke.
Fuck the other dumb shit.
They should try living with a superiority over life. Not fearing misfortune. Not yearning for happiness. It is, afterall, allllllll the same.
Their's more differences between dogs than between primates.
Now, between pussy, scotch and smoke? Well now, many, many differences and quantity won't best quality.
I learned to stop worrying and looooove the fuck outta the bomb. I have become death.
And...ya know what? I've got zero Fucking concerns yo.
Peace out yo

spqrusa's picture

Right on - the amount of "Founder Worship" in this country makes me puke. Franklin was a satanic paedophilic fool. The Federalists were Monarchists in disguise. The Federalists knew that they would eventually get their way. The final nail was the 17th amendment which got rid of those pesky Senators and replaced them with lapdogs so the european oligarchy could finally run amok in the land their fore-fathers founded as a cotton colony. USA USA USA!!! Oorah!

SemperFudge's picture

Do you have any idea how much different the world is today than it was in the 18th century?

I'm a lawyer, and there are many fine common law rules and traditions that survive even to this day. But you have to understand -- the Founders occupied a world in which so-called "Enlightenment" thinking dominated the political and philosophical discourse. Don't get me wrong, it was an improvement on what they had in the past, but it has its flaws. It places far too much faith in the ability of "reason" to act as some kind of truly impartial arbiter of disputes and controversies. Sure, having three branches of government is great, but what good is it when the rise of multinational corporations eclipses every single branch? When words are twisted so much by clever corporate lawyers that "reason" and "logic" are obscured by Kafka-esque rules, procedures and a 250,000 + page (and growing) Federal Register in an increasingly complex world?

All this to say I know more about the Founders than most, but if you're looking for 235 + year old elitist politicians to solve your 21st century problems, you're "gonna have a bad time."

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Tylers are very quiet about the Israeli Lobby on the Hill. Why?


BlussMann's picture

Huxley was predicting modern England (UK),where Kaffirs stride to and fro citing White Britons for "hate" and non PC speech is met with jail terms and oppression of native White's in general. There was much more personal security and freedom in, say, Mussolini's Italy or National Socialist Germany.

alexcojones's picture

I got a lot more out of reading 1984 than BNW in high school.

Then Lucas made THX 1138, which seemed to combine the two

More great quotes in 1984 than BNW.

Offthebeach's picture

Any library, Victor Kemplrer's diary of pre and war time Germany.
Taxes, petite rules right to the end.

alexcojones's picture


Hat Tip for your use of the pic from "They Live."


moneybots's picture

"Over-population leads to economic insecurity and so­cial unrest."


Economic depressions cause economic insecurity and social unrest. 

Gold Dog's picture

I had to log in to tell you that this is a prime example of Bad-Think and Bad-Speech!

Please desist.

Your friend,


Salsipuedes's picture

"Mad" or braindead. I find "mad" infinitely more attractive.

 "A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights." - N. Bonaparte

We can only pray their children, their dignity, their balls and their immortal souls are "of interest".

nink's picture

If I sell you oil at NIRP $100 per barrel so you pay me back $90 to drill for Oil to sell at $110 a barrel it all works out. You make $20 a barrel while I print the $100. What can go wrong ?

kurt's picture

A cloud bursts over an iceburg floating on a warming sea. Cascades run in rivulettes, the sun breaks and ignites a heartbreaking blue. Denizens of the deep, unused to the warming season buffer themselves by staying near, but not too near the slowly shrinking leviathan, just right.

MickV's picture

And Quinn still refuses to acknowledge the biggest Constitutional disaster of all, perpetrated by the NWO and the fellow travelers in Congres, which is the allowance of one born to a foreign father to serve as POTUS. As such Hussein Obama is a domestic enemy of the US, and Congress, with full knowledge of the fact that Obama is not a natural born Citizen has committed wholesale treason, and only serves to protect against the knowledge of that treason.

"The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners".  Minor v. Happersett, 88 US 162, 167 (1874)

The "Common Law" of the United States is law of nations (See Sosa v. Alvarez (2004)). Natural born Citizen is "nomenclature" (term of art) of law of nations, and as such the Constitutional Congress adopted law of nations whole cloth into the US Constitution, and explicitly adopted it at A1S8C10. "Natural born Citizen" is specifically defined by law of nations as one born in a country of parents who are its citizens--- exactly as the Minor case did.

That Quinn refuses to acknowledge the Usurpation of the Presidency shows that he is willfully blind to the biggest disaster of all-- since when the executor of the laws is an illegal entity, then there is no law. As such he is merely a steam vent, repeateing, like in this article, what we already know, and refusing to educate the public to the real danger it faces. Knowledge of the Usurpation is the KRYPTONITE of Obama, the treasonous Congress and Media and the NWO. It is the only Real step in returning to the Republic.

Chaos_Theory's picture

It seems TPTB have discovered BNW sets the conditions that allow 1984--which is really just the techno version of Plato's perfect city in the Republic--to be secured without the risk of the lower classes rising up at the  bastile. 

IOW, we're all frogs in the pot.  Ooh, look, another Kim Lardassian selfie!!!!!!

gcjohns1971's picture

A very good point, and entirely correct.

Plato was making the same points thousands of years ago.

If his population was too much - at a few million - then how have we gotten here?

The real story of Plato's Republic is that in the midst of technological primitivism and miniscule population, he was calling for a 'wise king' and a caste society frozen in place, to distribute the (few) goods of society.

His system does not work to produce plenty.

But it does work to produce privilege.

And that is what these people are really after.

gcjohns1971's picture

Jim Quinn, though often right, is wrong on this one.


Scarcity is not a new phenomenon.  It is the constant of existence.  It may be USED as the justification for totalitiarianism, and population may be USED as the justification for the scarcity.

But the fact remains that scarcity has always existed and will always exist.  Scarcity is the environment for all political systems, not just totalitarianism.

The logical error that Quinn, Huxley, and for that matter Malthus, have made is the presumption that consumption destroys the resource.  The first law of thermodynamics tells us that this is not so, that only the form is changed.

Before society was built on oil it was built on coal and whale oil.  Before that it was built on wood.  Perhaps in 10,000 BC it was based on something we may not currently understand.

The dominance of oil is the child of our Great-Grandparents.  Our great grandchildren will depend on something else.

The error we have is over-centralization in the name of scarcity.  The centralization itself inhibits the adaptation required to survive. 

If I have shale, what do I need oil for?  Oil is for energy, not for oil.  Just because we build engines to run on oil does not mean there are no other engines, which run differently. 

Regulation has stifled the back-yard engineer.  And it is from him that you will get your next set of tools to use the energy you have, rather than the ones you used to have.

AnAnonymous's picture

Why call over Malthus? Malthus lived in a world that was from very different from an 'american' world. In Malthus's times, disparities in consumption between people was something like 1 to ten all over the world.

It is no longer the case, with the 'american' middle class changing the whole paradigm.

AnAnonymous's picture

The 4.4 billion increase (157%) in the world’s population since Huxley’s warning in 1958 is attributable to vast supplies of cheap easily accessible oil, natural gas and coal, which have allowed technological and agricultural advancements that have vastly expanded food production, water purification, global transportation, and medical advancements

The large increase in population happened after the loss of attributed colonies by 'american' countries.

After WW2, colonies were lumped together and were subjected to collective loot from all 'american' countries. Before that, each 'american' country was looting their attributed colonies. In this configuration, they also protected their colonies from the loot of the other 'american' countries, the rate of consumption was lower.
In the configuration of non longer attributed turf, a race was opened between 'american' country to ensure they get the best of it. It turned into looting as fast as possible with the stress of competitive consumption in a territory each 'american' country was priorly the only one to loot.

As 'american' economics is about transfer and concentration of wealth, an increase in population was necessary to ensure an increase in the rate of looting.

It is all a matter of transfer and the lack of growth in one side of the transfer limits the growth in the other side.

A very strong increase in the number of poor around the world was necessary to make sure that the wealth was transfered and concentrated on the 'american' middle class. Without it, the velocity of the looting act would have been lower.

AnAnonymous's picture

Societal strife, economic decline, poverty, lawlessness, and resource deprivation in third world countries result in dependency upon a central authority to sustain the masses. In the poorest countries without a long history of democracy, the people turn to a strong leader to save them. Before long too much power is accumulated in too few hands and totalitarian regimes are born. The world is awash in the blood spilled by dictators (North Korea, Egypt, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Tunisia, Syria, Sudan) and presidents in name only (China, Vietnam, Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Russia, Argentina).

'Americans' have always that talent for coming with violent denials of reality at hand.

A central authority to sustain the masses?

Without a long history of democracy?

What is that central authority? Something material that requires large amounts of resources to be? Something immaterial like a long history of democracy (that is creed)?

As usual, with 'americans', there is nothing to understand, only things to accept because 'americanism' is all about submission.

Rusty Loads's picture

"either you are with us or you are with the terrorists"

Bush II