Sunday, October 27, 2013

Why societies collapse— and what it means for us

Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of Collapse of Complex Societies, explains why societies collapse. In a nutshell, they become complex for a good reason but in the end that complexity causes the society to collapse. Much confusion can be avoided if you understand that Tainter uses the term "sustainability" not as we generally understand it but to mean "maintainability" as in maintaining the same standard of living. A couple of things that Tainter doesn't touch on is overpopulation and that the entire world can be seen as one empire compromising world elites and led by US elites and the US military.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Evo Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma spoke at the UN on September 25, 2013. He had some interesting things to say:
"You do not combat terrorism with more military spending or by training more military forces.  As far as I know you fight terrorism with social policies, not with military bases, you fight it with religious tolerance, with more democracy, more equality, more justice and more education.

"What peace can we speak of when military spending sacrifices the human rights of our peoples? How is it possible, when there are so many unemployed, for your (US) government,  for your president, to spend 700 billion dollars on the military? It is not possible for these huge amounts of money to be spent on the military and on espionage when there are so many brothers and sisters in the United States without homes, without jobs, without schooling. I simply cannot understand how they can spend so much money to interfere in other countries while leaving their own unprovided for."— From OpEdNews
Watch and listen to the English translation here:
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