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Why are dystopic visions of the future so popular?

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People have been attracted to apocalyptic scenarios throughout history during periods of unsettling change.

Marshall McLuhan said that in the future, we will wear our nervous systems on the outside of our bodies.

Drugs and overstimulated nervous systems are creating paranoia, but there is some greater and justified collective anxiety that is fueling this phenomenon.

We are at a nexus where technology is going to change the world, make many human jobs obsolete, completely end the concept of privacy and create artificial intelligence that will become the top of the evolutionary food chain.

Combine that with the suicidal and contradictory official policies to bomb and at the same time empower Dark Age religious fanatics whose stated goal is to drag human rights and tolerance back to an age of totalitarian repression using the most barbaric means necessary, and you have a climate where fictional visions of dystopic futures resonate with an anxious population.

Our fearless leaders denounce violence at the same time they slaughter innocent people all over the globe, lie about why we must launch new wars, boast about how many countries they are bombing, expand our nuclear arsenal and use our tax dollars to fund and arm terror groups.

The aristocracy lays a carpet of blood across the globe while they direct our outrage at selective and comparatively small scale acts of psychotic violence, many of which were inspired by their own acts of mass barbarism.

Is there mutual jealousy between the powerless savages and the powerful savages?

Are those who tell us violence is not the answer while they advocate unrelenting brutality as a panacea for every crisis simply hypocrites, or do they have disdain for humanity?

Do they hate themselves and lash out to kill the parts of them they despise?

Our future enemy is the same as our enemy of the past.

Our adversary is the hubris-filled aristocracy who have failed humanity.

They continue to exploit crisis and divide-and-conquer the world while attempting to transform their crimes into virtues in the public eye.

We live in an age of partisan zealots, corporate science dogma, establishment worship, personality cults, climate doomsday cultists and cultural missionaries and anyone who dares question the beliefs of these neo-religions is guilty of heresy and subject to inquisition and banishment.

Most of us now know that the mainstream media is a weapon designed to manufacture our consent to an agenda that is not in our best interests.

This is a controlled psychological operation forcing us to focus on events specifically chosen to stir up the emotions required to persuade.

We understand that by warping the narratives using sophisticated branding techniques, they aim to influence our opinions and bend our will to support the next war, or the new freedom-killing initiative while obfuscating the crimes of the establishment and blaming their victims.

So why do we go back to discredited media for information when they have been exposed as corporate and state propagandists?

We have the whole world at our fingertips.

Don’t let the enemy tell us what is important.

The purpose of propaganda is to paralyze individual thought and condition us to act as a mass.

A portrait that incarnates the idea of what they want us to destroy is created.

We can then direct our hatred at targets assembled from our primal fears and failures.

Our private demons become these official, public targets.

The false God of tech delivers these messages to us and gives us illusions of power and choice while hijacking our minds.

Consensual paranoia ensures that imagined enemies become real enemies as the reactionary cycle of violence descends into a tragic, never ending loop.

Social media platforms are also used as forums to disseminate official narratives, bury dissent and incite division.

In these digital Dannemoras, we are encouraged to fight with each other like prisoners for the amusement of the guards.

These are places where the worst of human frailties are on constant display and the intimate details of our lives are transformed into commodities to be traded in ways to which we are never privy.

In the future, even our thoughts will be public property.

Our next stop is a 21st century promised land.

A world where war is permanent, but “humanitarian”.

A time when corporations and governments enjoy liberty, but the people do not.

A technological Gilded Age, filled with wonders beyond our comprehension.

All we need surrender to arrive is privacy, freedom, conscience and ultimately, free will itself

 

Infowars


39 Comments on "Why are dystopic visions of the future so popular?"

  1. jjhman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 11:47 am 

    The author spins as much nonsense as he complains about. There is not a single useful or informative word in the above nonsense.

    Yep. Life is tough. go out and do something about it or shut up.

  2. shortonoil on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 12:10 pm 

    “The author spins as much nonsense as he complains about. “

    Could you be a little more specific? Which nonsense, and which complaints are you referring to? Do you mean the constant parade of war, and the barbarism that has ensued? You’re right! Nothing to see here – move along.

  3. Dredd on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 12:25 pm 

    “Why are dystopic visions of the future so popular?

    Because of our love-hate relationship with reality.

    (On Thermal Expansion & Thermal Contraction – 2)

  4. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 1:48 pm 

    It’s not a “vision” when it’s already well underway.

  5. eugene on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 2:10 pm 

    Long time ago, I realized bullshit is the grease upon which the world turns.

  6. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 2:26 pm 

    Lake Tahoe: Warmest water temperatures ever recorded threaten famed clarity, new study shows

    http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_30181914/lake-tahoe-warmest-water-temperatures-ever-recorded-threaten

  7. Davy on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 2:50 pm 

    The usual complaints and the usual subject for the complaints. The ideas brought up have some traction but they do not deal with the fundamentals of collapse. What is going on is not a conspiracy. There are conspiracies going on but they are insignificant in the greater picture. The fundamentals are macro decay, deflation, and depletion within abrupt climate change and ecosystem failures. Feedback loops have started. Dangerous converging conditions beyond human control are occurring from more than 200 years of adverse human actions. The social issues are a product of these issues but more importantly they are based on overshoot of population and consumption. We will now have overshoot of population and consumption combine with decay, deflation, and depletion for a violent reactivity at all levels physical and abstract. We are far past the threshold of stability for balanced and productive change. Change will now be destructive. We are at global limits within a systematic condition of diminishing returns. Technology is failing us and we are using technology to attempt to mitigate these failures and this is failing. That is a snake eating its tail.

    We can blame, complain, and lash out all we like but there are no solutions. There are some changes that can be made that will head off further problems. These are window dressings in comparison to what is coming that will just have to be endured. We all will endure it and many will die from it. A never before seen amount of people will die from it at some point. There are things that can be mitigated and there is plenty of adaptation. These are dependent on quick action to be effective. Quick action is needed to utilize our modern productive potential before it is no longer available. This can happen at the local and the global level but since we are in the denial of collapse at the global level most of this adapting must be local.

    Much of the current apocalyptic talk is for the wrong reasons being influenced by popular thought. This popular thought is influenced by corrupted mainstream religion, by Hollywood, and by misplaced political thought. Popular culture is rotten to the core. Each one of these positions is locked in deadly serious passions without flexibility. There is envy, hatred, and dangerous self-importance. All of these positions are wrong even though they may have some correct points. The fundamental issue is Nature is in a great epochal turning. Everything is a subset of this and nothing matters but this.

    We have precious little time to leverage a huge global productive potential to prepare for the end of modernism and possibly the end of time. We still have a reasonably stable climate but just only. Our earth ecosystem is not yet completely destroyed. Yet, in every one of these areas we are on the cusp of destructive change with multiple tipping points near and in progress.

    We as a people are locked in 20 century thinking. We are locked in the dangerous dependence on technology and development as the means to solve our problems. Our problems are now predicaments. Our means is part of the very problem we seek to correct. We are caught in a catch 22 trap of a paralysis of action because any action is a bad action. Anything we do leads to the same bad outcome just with a variance of time or negative result. All actions are bad but some are worse. We need to be seeking the ones that are less bad. All actions of the status quo leadership are wrong and making the trap worse. We are choosing bad actions because we are still living in denial that we are in a catch 22 trap with no escape. We still believe we can fix this problem of many problems. We have greens who think we can solve our energy problems and pollution problems with energy and pollution. We have economist who think we can degrowth and still remain modern. We have religious fanatics who think we can pray our way out of this.

    The best we can do is acknowledge what is ahead honestly. Some will need to know less than others because society cannot handle the truth and still maintain normality. We need solid leaders and robust systems to make tough choices. Instead we are sinking deeper into corruption and disregard for the rule of law and dismissal of basic economic fundamentals.

    It may be that this mess of a situation is the best course of action because we must collapse and the sooner the better. It may be the case the harder the collapse the better. Let’s wipe the slate clean and let nature rebuild a new man. We can’t know which is better for society or for ourselves because fate is a mystery. As an individual you will have to make your way. Now is the time to begin your journey.

  8. onlooker on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 3:11 pm 

    Because everyone now senses that the ballyhoo and carefully crafted technotopia is actually turning into a Dystopia. It is reality intruding upon the senses, thoughts and emotions of many. It can only be shut out for so long and only to some degree.

  9. dave thompson on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 4:35 pm 

    If you have kids, I feel sorry for the fact that you are lying to them, by just bringing them into this world.

  10. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 5:37 pm 

    Humanity at the Crossroads | Sheldon Solomon

    “Humans manage existential terror by embracing cultural worldviews that afford a sense of meaning and value, and hope of immortality. Efforts to transcend death underlie our most noble achievements; however, they also foster our most ignominious proclivities, including: disdain for and hostility toward people with different beliefs; indifference to, or contempt for, the natural environment; and, the mindless pursuit of money and stuff—which, if unchecked, may render we humans the first life-form to prune their own branch from The Tree of Life. Prospects for the future of our species will be considered in light of these ideas.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuJhD5TkX-0

  11. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 5:47 pm 

    Cultural insanity: Ponerized Western consumer culture is creating a demoralized man in psycho-spiritual crisis

    “Our descent into the Age of Depression seems unstoppable. Three decades ago, the average age for the first onset of depression was 30. Today it is 14. Researchers such as Stephen Izard at Duke University point out that the rate of depression in Western industrialized societies is doubling with each successive generational cohort. At this pace, over 50 per cent of our younger generation, aged 18-29, will succumb to it by middle age. Extrapolating one generation further, we arrive at the dire conclusion that virtually everyone will fall prey to depression.”

    https://www.sott.net/article/318269-Cultural-insanity-Ponerized-Western-consumer-culture-is-creating-a-demoralized-man-in-psycho-spiritual-crisis

  12. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 6:38 pm 

    Rate of species decline ‘no longer within safe limit’ for humans, experts warn

    ‘Until and unless we can bring biodiversity back up, we’re playing ecological roulette’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/extinct-species-biodiversity-loss-ecosystems-anthropocene-journal-science-a7137476.html

  13. onlooker on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 6:59 pm 

    AP in depression the West may not have a monopoly. I think most humans are demoralized by our collective current conditions on this planet

  14. yoshua on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 7:10 pm 

    “CIA chief Brennan not optimistic about Syria’s future as one country”.

    Sounds as if they have started to give up on failed states.

  15. makati1 on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 7:14 pm 

    Depression. Hmmm. What is that?

    Depression: “Psychiatry A mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep” Oxford Dictionary

    I would say it is more prevalent in the Us than most places. Just an example of the higher you are, the harder the fall. The sheeple are getting hit with so many 2X4s that they are beginning to wake up to reality. And about time!

  16. makati1 on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 7:30 pm 

    Perhaps this is why so much depression?

    “Because the main street economy is failing, the nation’s entitlement rolls have exploded. About 110 million citizens now receive some form of means tested benefits. When social security is included, more than 160 million citizens get checks from Washington.

    The total cost is now $3 trillion per year and rising rapidly. America’s entitlements sector, in fact, is the sixth biggest economy in the world.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-30/us-government-entitlements-sixth-biggest-economy-earth

    How long can the US prop up the economy with the printing press? We shall see.

  17. Apneaman on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 7:49 pm 

    onlooker, something like that for sure. I see much over compensating and people I know doing even more consuming and “bucket list” stuff to try and fill the void. That whole Einstein definition of insanity thing. I have one buddy who has embraced Buddhism and it’s helped him. Most will never go down the dertiminist path that I have and I would not recommend it either. It was fucking brutal for a number of years with lots of anger, but I have mostly come to terms with it. I make up my own meaning for the most part – family and friends. Funny how this one little quote had such effect on me.

    “We’re here to get each other through this thing, whatever it is.” -Mark Vonnegut

    That’s what works for me.

    Of course going on over the top absurd internet rants and mocking the shit out of everything and everyone is kinda spiritual too;)

  18. onlooker on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 8:18 pm 

    Sounds good AP. You sound like one of the most brutally honest people I have ever encountered. In my book that is a good thing. It is those who are cowardly and dishonest with what they are and what they do who have all in their own little way participated in making this world the cesspool that it is. Me, I like to remain aloof of the personal stuff and in my dealings with everyone always keep in mind that we all have both good and bad within us. Emotional detachment works for me. It is just that some times I wake up and wish the world and people were just a little nice and nicer to each other.

  19. Sissyfuss on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 9:14 pm 

    Man, that’s really cold, D Thompson!
    Right On!

  20. makati1 on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 9:20 pm 

    ““New and improved” is now an oxymoron. Every single day my cell phone tells me that 10 or 20 apps have been “updated” and none of them ever work better. Instead, a phone that worked perfectly when I got it now tells me, 10 to 20 times a day, “Unfortunately, Moto has stopped.” The operating rule in technology for years now has been, if it isn’t broke, graft something onto it so we can advertise it as new and improved.”

    http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/07/30/technology-is-now-a-cancer-stage-four-metastasized/

    So true and why so many are getting depressed?

  21. jedrider on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 10:36 pm 

    Dystopia? Of course. That’s the word that describes what is happening!

    D. Thompson, yes, that is a dilemma, how to instill optimism when it’s basis seems to be eluding us, mostly because cold, hard, physical facts get in the way.

  22. yoananda on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 1:40 am 

    the dystopian society is already there.
    look around.

  23. Brad on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 2:36 am 

    Infowars maybe a little sensationalist at times, but they have a much better intuition what the average commoner thinks than for instance that idiotic British globalist-racial communist rag the Economist:

    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21702750-farewell-left-versus-right-contest-matters-now-open-against-closed-new?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/20160728n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/n/n

    Hopelessly out of touch with reality.

    Globalism is rapidly losing steam, exactly like economic communism did after 1980 in Eurasia.

    The globalist western elite will soon meet a 1989 of it’s own. See Trump as America’s Gorbatchev pulling the plug on globalism, including mass migration.

    Before the USSR imploded in 1991, eastern Europe had already escaped from the Soviet bloc and Warsaw Pact in 1989.

    A similar pattern could emerge in western Europe: European countries stepping out of NATO and all sorts of US centric trade deals, as well as UN, IMF, etc before America imploded.

    The dissolution of the western empire will be much more bloody though. You can abolish a useless leftist economic system over night prevalent in the Soviet bloc, but you can’t do the same with multiculturalism, the American flavor communism.

    It is going to be a rough ride.

  24. Brad on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 2:45 am 

    “““New and improved” is now an oxymoron. Every single day my cell phone tells me that 10 or 20 apps have been “updated” and none of them ever work better. Instead, a phone that worked perfectly when I got it now tells me, 10 to 20 times a day, “Unfortunately, Moto has stopped.” The operating rule in technology for years now has been, if it isn’t broke, graft something onto it so we can advertise it as new and improved.””

    Wut?!

    Makati, you don’t have a cell phone, but a real smart phone!

    I thought you considered this “iCrap”!?

    And still you manage to put dirt on this marvelous invention.

    I am currently cycling from Holland to Sweden. I do not need clumsy 1 m2 maps like in the old days. A female voice from my shirt pocket will tell me where to go and inform me within 20 m accuracy where I am. And when cycling literally has become a pain in the ass, I look for a bench to see what crap apneaman has written this time.lol

  25. makati1 on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 3:34 am 

    Brad, I have an 8 year old cell phone, by Nokia that works perfectly for what I need it for, calls and texts. All the other bells and whistles it may have have never been used. I have to have one home phones wired to the wall are rare here in the Ps. I make 1-2 phone calls per week and maybe a dozen texts. Who do you think will miss the techie junk most? Me? Or You?

    As for the GPS bitch, it too will soon fail so I hope you can read maps. So sorry you are addicted to tech. The withdrawal will be especially painful for you and those like you.

    Yes, I do use the internet as is obvious, but I lived most of my 72 years without it and will do so again before I pass. So will you. lol

  26. Brad on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 4:47 am 

    Makati, I would ‘t be surprised if you made the most airmiles of all of us here.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we would experience an oil crisis of sorts, like in 1973, when the US and Holland were subjected to an Arab oil boycott and we could rollerskate on the highway, void of cars (on sunday only), but low energy cost internet is here to stay as the backbone of the economy of the future.

    Writing these words from a cafe 15 km north of Hobro in Denmark, while seeking shelter from rain and sipping my coffee.

    The rain radar app just told that this is likely the only rain I will have to endure on my trip to Aalborg and the hotel there I booked online, as well as the hotel in Frederikshavn and Gothenburg. Additionally a website told me the ferry schedule and prices and bahn.de told me where the railtracks are in case my old bicycle breaks down. Oh, and I found this cafe agsin using Google maps, I otherwise never would have found.

    Denmark is basically one big farm and very lonely and isolated. I have not seen a single foreign car license plate in the interior of the country. There are hardly cafes and a lot of people surprisingly do not speak English. Not that they should. And very few Ahmed’s. And wind turbines everywhere as this is wind energy country #1 in the world. And a lot of solar panels.

    Denmark will survive the coming downturn easily.

  27. makati1 on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 6:15 am 

    Brad: Ah, but, AIR miles are NOT car miles. I traveled at the rate of $0.07 per mile this last trip. I go ~20,000 miles, the amount of ground miles I used to drive annually to work and other places

    That equates to about about 260 gallons of jet fuel per round trip annually. About 1/5th the amount I used to burn just going to work. I would bet that you burn a lot more than that and you do not even travel. About 5 gallons per week is a nice reduction from my average of 5 times that just 8 years ago.

    Denmark will be overrun by immigrants. You have no future in Europe. The nations of Europe are not food or energy self sufficient and artificial borders will not save you. Not to mention that if you keep poking
    Russia with a big stick (NATO) Denmark may be radioactive some late night while you are asleep. Dream on, and try again.

  28. regardingpo on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 6:15 am 

    “Denmark will survive the coming downturn easily.”

    Bahahaha yeah totally. All those countries collapsing around you will just leave defenseless little Denmark alone, will they? All those countries with enough military strength to crush you 1000 times over? First they’ll take Greenland from you and then go for the rest.

    You also don’t realize that you can’t make wind turbines or solar panels without fossil fuels. Nor can you maintain the existing infrastructure.

    And millions of Ahmeds are waiting just across the border in Germany.

    I suggest you leave this website while it’s not too late, so that you can remain blissfully ignorant.

  29. peakyeast on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 9:42 am 

    Airmiles past 10 years: 0

    The Ahmeds are located in the bigger cities – as soon as they are free to move around they lump together in dense groups and slumify the areas in order to exhibit their specific cultural “values”.

  30. Brad on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 11:21 am 

    Regardingpo,

    I’m not a Dane, so it is not chauvinism that brings me to the conclusion that the prospects for Denmark are relatively good. Although no resources of its own, it has flat areable land, merely 5 million people and a population very much aware of the energy predicament and doing something about it with vigor.

    And what do you mean ‘collapsing countries’? I travelled extensively this summer through Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Switserland, Holland and Denmark and all these countries are in perfect shape and afluent and not a single sign of deterioration whatsoever, and I guess it is much the same in most white areas in North-America.

    Their is an orgiastic quality about your doom.

  31. Boat on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 12:08 pm 

    Brad,

    “A study released by the Pew Research Center shows Asian Americans surpassing Latinos as the largest group of new immigrants arriving each year in the U.S., a finding that has weighty political implications. The survey also reports that Asian Americans are the best-educated, have the highest incomes and are generally happier than other groups”.

    Seems Asians do better than the whites. Appears you picked the wrong color to champion.

  32. Brad on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 1:54 pm 

    “Seems Asians do better than the whites. Appears you picked the wrong color to champion.”

    Don’t worry Boat, I don’t have leftist pale heads like you in very high regard.

    You aren’t by any chance attending Ahmed’s algebra classes together with apneaman, do you?

    Tell me Boat, where can I buy a Chinese car, admitted to western roads?

    Did it occur to you that is always possible to draw a subset from 1300 million, plant them in America and expect them to do well in a setting created by European-Americans?

    Don’t get me wrong, I deeply respect Chinese civilisation, the oldest on earth. These people however do not agree with your assesment, they see European civilisation as superior and can’t believe what they ser happening:

    http://www.amren.com/features/2016/01/chinese-reflections-on-europe/

    Don’t forget to scroll down to the graph that shows the human achievement index, as quoted by an intelligent Chinese. There is hardly any lasting achievement, other than fireworks.

    The Dalai Lama recently has said the same: do not give Germany away to the Arabs.

    Unfortunately, the West is run by self-defeating leftists like you and apneaman. But al the signs are that the tide is turning and a harsh segregational correction is underway.

  33. joe on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 3:54 pm 

    After the end of the USSR and Warsaw Pact Russia almost fell apart as the world watched stunned as country after country left Russia. Some countries like Chechnia didnt make it out and paid the price, others got out and are still paying the price. NATO will likely make its move on Russian oil soon, most of which is still in the south, the next chechen rebellion will likely succeed as NATO will be in a much better position to help via Georgia. Armenia is already being convulsed right now as the government there is being rocked by protesters that came out of the blue. Russia may be left in control of the whole of Siberia, but if China stepped in and took eastern Siberia to ‘relieve’ Russian over extention I dont think anyone would care.
    Chechens by the way made up the hardest of the ISIS order of battle, most of whom are probobly heading home as we speak to make use of their training. Dont take my word, do your own research.

  34. ktoś on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 4:11 pm 

    Boat – Asians are so good, that India, or Cambodia are first world countries.

    Don’t mix Chinese, or Koreans with equator people, just because it’s Asia. Equator people cannot match Whites. It’s genetically impossible.

  35. Apneaman on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 5:15 pm 

    Brad, I love Al-Jabr & I luv’s me some….

    “Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī[note 1] (Arabic: محمد بن موسى الخوارزمی‎‎; c. 780 – c. 850) (Arabic pronunciation: [ælxɑːræzmiː]), formerly Latinized as Algoritmi,[note 2] was a Persian[3] mathematician, astronomer, and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate, a scholar in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad.
    In the 12th century, Latin translations of his work on the Indian numerals introduced the decimal positional number system to the Western world.[4] Al-Khwārizmī’s The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing presented the first systematic solution of linear and quadratic equations in Arabic. He is often considered one of the fathers of algebra.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_ibn_Musa_al-Khwarizmi

    He was a Persian Muslim, so do we hate them as much as the Arabs? I find I get overwhelmed with the hate scale.

    Here’s an enjoyable history book on Islam, I read a while ago written by white British historian, Tom Holland. Apparently it’s controversial with a bunch of Muslim’s – go figure.

    In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Shadow_of_the_Sword_(book)

    Here is the Doc, based on the book. Plenty of pissed off Muslims from it as well – go figure.

    Islam – The Untold Story

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzKk0L6H1ms

  36. Outcast_Searcher on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 6:30 pm 

    The constant “doom is in our face crowd” reminds me of the Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” sketch, asking what the Romans have done for society lately.

    “All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?”

    Yes, it’s not a perfect world. However, I have to believe that even the Romans would appreciate smart phones and heat pumps and PHEV’s.

  37. makati1 on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 6:45 pm 

    Brad, your optimism about Denmark is exceeded only by your ego. You country is a flyspeck on the map, not worth considering and easily controlled by your neighbors.

    Europe is sick and dying. That you have no resources is fatal, ask Japan. That you ignore the European banking system being on the verge of collapse and taking Europe down with it is amazing. If you think Denmark is going to be immune to what is happening all around you, well…

  38. Apneaman on Sun, 31st Jul 2016 7:42 pm 

    Outcast, fuck off with that guilt trip argument. All those toys and public utilities are a product of human ingenuity, not some ideological system you happen to cherish. Every invention is part of an unbroken chain going back to when one of our way back black African grandaddy figured out how to harness fire and cook food (more energy) and our way back black african grandma figured out how to sew and make clothes. The system itself is just one more human invention. No matter what system it is it does not exist without humans. Systems do not invent things humans do and all the current inventors are standing on the shoulders of a million inventors and discoverers, big and small, who came before them. Sometime between 100,000 to 70,000 years ago the human brain took what is called the “cognitive leap”. That is when complexity really starts to show up in the archaeological record. Once that happened we were off and running and sooner or later some tribe was going to harness the power of wind, water and fossil fuels. The timing could have been different, but IMO a techno industrial civilization was inevitable given the human brain. Don’t you know by now that the human brain is infinitely restless and infinitely clever and never stops reward seeking. I believe that if humans had developed some control and shifted their reward seeking to gaining knowledge, that they might has survived long enough to harness the power and develop the technology to colonize space. That might take a few thousand years of uninterrupted civilization, but it’s looking like the humans will be lucky to last out the century. It’s that brain and it’s insatiable appetite for rewards (dopamine) what done it.

    Thanks granddad.

    Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human (2009)[1] is a book by British primatologist Richard Wrangham, published by Profile Books in England, and Basic Books in the USA. It argues the hypothesis that cooking food was an essential element in the physiological evolution of human beings. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catching_Fire:_How_Cooking_Made_Us_Human

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69ckWLrvVhg

  39. PracticalMaina on Mon, 1st Aug 2016 8:03 am 

    Whites are the best at making broad overreaching generalizations on the internet, and controlling the world during environmentally destructive eras, good job gang!!!!

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