According to a new study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.
The report, written by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center along with a team of natural and social scientists, explains that modern civilization is doomed. And there's not just one particular group to blame, but the entire fundamental structure and nature of our society.
Analyzing five risk factors for societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy), the report says that the sudden downfall of complicated societal structures can follow when these factors converge to form two important criteria.
Motesharrei's report says that all societal collapses over the past 5,000 years have involved both "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity" and "the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or "Commoners") [poor]."
This "Elite" population restricts the flow of resources accessible to the "Masses", accumulating a surplus for themselves that is high enough to strain natural resources. Eventually this situation will inevitably result in the destruction of society.
Elite power, the report suggests, will buffer "detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners," allowing the privileged to "continue 'business as usual' despite the impending catastrophe."
The above report from NASA basically sez that it was the rich Romans Mayans, and the contemporary Western rich which doomed themselves, and their slaves or in our case employees.
I'd love to see a trial of the corporate, and leisure class guilty before it all devolves into Mad Max time. 2000 sharp guillotines in front of the Stock Exchange downtown.
2000 sharp Guillotines no waiting.
Btw them wonks at NASA are moral cowards...no surprise. They'd have no problem telling us that a comet was about to blow us to bits. However telling the hard truth that it's how we knowingly organized our world society is our downfall is too dicey for'em.
Admitting even now that's it's too late to change that the gross inequalities of our civilization is the true enemy goes too far for them. This being so NASA is scuttling like crazy to cover their ample butts.
They're distancing themselves like mad from this report. That clanging sound you just heard was NASA's balls falling off.