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Off the Cuff: Abnormal Times

Our institutions no longer serve our interests
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:47 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Jim discuss:

  • The Dimming of US Legitimacy Abroad
    • Americans have a growing fear & distrust of our own foreign policy
  • Charity Begins at Home
    • Why are we sending $ abroad that is much needed at home?
  • Abnormal Times
    • We are so far from fundamentals that a correction is guaranteed
  • This Weekend's Seminar at Rowe
    • Kunstler will be participating
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Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

And why they're so hard for us to address
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:11 PM

As we embark on a new year, it's important to keep the really big elements of our global predicament squarely in mind. To that end, we're surfacing this excellent discussion on population growth that Chris recorded in 2012 with Bill Ryerson of the Population Institute.

At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them)? What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it? » Read more

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The Siren Song of the Robot

It may not be the boon we're counting on
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 1:03 PM

The quest for cheap energy and cheap labor is a conquering human urge, one that has played out with notable ferocity starting with the Industrial Revolution. The introduction of coal into British manufacturing and the more recent outsourcing of Western manufacturing to Asia have marked key thresholds in this ongoing progression.

But despite the harvesting of additional productivity gains from the more recent revolution in information technology, the suite of macro data suggests that the rate of advancement in physical production has slowed, notably, in the past thirty years.

Seen in this light, the greatest gains to global industrial production were probably enjoyed from the late 18th century (when coal extraction and use began in earnest) into the mid-20th century (when oil reached broad distribution). In contrast, computers, the Internet, and the leveraging of developing world labor might eventually be seen as the finishing touches on this great industrial wave. » Read more

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Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

And why they're so hard for us to address
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 3:55 PM

At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them?) What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?

Population management is an inflammatory issue. It's nearly impossible to discuss without triggering heated emotions, and rare is the leader who's willing to raise it. And by going unaddressed globally, the risk of problems created by overpopluation grow unchecked. War, poverty, starvation, disease, inequality...the list goes on.

Which is why we feel we need to have the courage to address this very important topic directly. And to have an adult-sized conversation about these risks and what can done about them. » Read more