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The slow burn of a long-term slowdown

Consumption

We’re not in a space race anymore, or an arms race, or any kind of race right now. And even if we were, it doesn’t seem like we’d be winning.

As fast-moving as it may feel, the world has really been slowing down for decades. From the global population, to the economy, to technology, the rate of innovation and growth has practically ground to a halt. That’s according to Danny Dorling, a professor of geography at Oxford University and author of Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration — and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives.

“We don’t expect our children to have that different a life from ours, and, although our life is more different to our parents, their lives were much more different to their parents,” Dorling said. “And this is everything from chance of dying, to what they consume, to what they throw away.”

The idea that we’re slowing down or reaching a growth plateau seems to run counter to concerns about overpopulation. The Earth’s human population went from about 1 billion at the start of the 1800s to nearly 8 billion now. Dorling said that our population doubling, and doubling, and doubling again in the span of just a few hundred years has never happened before to our species, and it won’t happen again.

“The UN and many other bodies that look at demographic trends say that within the next century, maybe within just 70 or 60 years, we’ll hit stability,” Dorling said. “Population on the planet will stop growing for human beings and then we’ll have a slight reduction.”

The clearest proof of this gradual population slowdown is the steadily dipping birth rates around the world. In many countries, birth rates have fallen below two children per woman in a lifetime, putting population growth below replacement level. In South Korea, the rate has dropped below one child per woman, meaning the population is poised to halve in a single generation.

We can see this larger slowdown in other areas, too. Even before the pandemic shut down economies around the world, global GDP had seen less and less growth for decades. Similarly, our technological innovations, which, for hundreds of years, grew in leaps and bounds, have been tapering off.

“We cannot do things fundamentally differently to how we did them 10 or 20 years ago, whereas the difference for our grandparents and parents was much, much bigger in their lifetime,” Dorling said.

As an example, the tractor is only a little more than a century old, and before that, we were using horses, which Dorling calls “an enormous change.” By comparison, our lives since birth have changed very little.

 

Some of this may seem like bad news. On the surface, a slowdown sounds like a decline, whether it’s for our quality of life or for our expected wealth. But Dorling says this slowdown might just be what the world needs. For one thing, fewer people means less consumption, and less consumption means less pollution. Plus, Dorling says it’s worthwhile to ask ourselves what the purpose is of the innovations we’re still making.

“I quite like the idea of my children living a life that is not dramatically different to mine,” Dorling said. “I don’t think that some of the ways in which we’ve accelerated our lives have necessarily improved our lives — we’ve just done it because we can.”

PRI



23 Comments on "The slow burn of a long-term slowdown"

  1. The Nationalist on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:01 am 

    Rubbish, aircraft navigation systems for example have improved by orders of magnitude in the last 10 years alone.
    Just one example from my industry.
    Things improve constantly in my experience whilst becoming more reliable and cheaper.

  2. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 14th May 2020 6:12 am 

    “In South Korea, the rate has dropped below one child per woman, meaning the population is poised to halve in a single generation.”

    Yeah great! The developed world is dying off, where the jungle returns. 500 years of European expansion for nothing. Hurray!

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/detroit-illiteracy-nearly-half-education_n_858307

    “Nearly Half Of Detroit’s Adults Are Functionally Illiterate, Report Finds”

    If things continue like they are developing now (they won’t), Africa and Islam are going to win, thanks to humanism, Christianity, ethnic Marxism, multicult and the rest of the kosher sourced garbage. “European values”.

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/alain-de-benoist-on-being-a-pagan/

    Page 1:

    For those who share Nietzsche’s belief that the conversion of Europe to Christianity and the more or less complete integration of the European mind into the Christian mentality, was one of the most catastrophic events in world history-a catastrophe in the proper sense of the word-just what can the word “paganism” mean today?

    #RomanValuesInstead

  3. SocialRevolutionComing on Thu, 14th May 2020 11:12 am 

    Chaque matins je regarde quel est la plus récente propagande COVID. Je tape dans la barre de recherche YouTube, UK news, CNA news, Asia News, Russia News, US News, France news, Europe News. Filtrer les résultats par date des plus récents. Essayer, ça va vous ouvrir les yeux ou vous mettre en colère
    ———————————————
    Every morning I look at the latest COVID propaganda. I type in the YouTube search bar, UK news, CNA news, Asia News, Russia News, US News, France news, Europe News. Filter the results by date of the most recent. Try it, it will open your eyes or make you angry

    Fucking shit show western civilisatio has become.

  4. JuanP on Thu, 14th May 2020 11:16 am 

    SocialRevolutionComing is a stupid fuck

  5. More Davyskum sock puppetry ID theft and lunacy on Thu, 14th May 2020 1:07 pm 

    Davy on Thu, 14th May 2020 11:16 am

    Davy is a stupid fuck. Who knew?

  6. Asshole JuanP on Thu, 14th May 2020 1:28 pm 

    This is from asshole JuanP:

    More Davyskum sock puppetry ID theft and lunacy said Davy on Thu, 14th May 2020 11:16 am Davy is a stup…

    More Davyskum sock puppetry ID theft and lunacy said Ab-Normality on Thu, 14th May 2020 12:09 pm
    More Davyskum sock puppetry ID theft and lunacy said Davy on Thu, 14th May 2020 11:17 am

  7. Anonymouse on Thu, 14th May 2020 1:29 pm 

    JuanP. Please drop dead

  8. SocialRevolutionComing on Thu, 14th May 2020 1:53 pm 

    Les Africains ont compris que l’OMS est corrompu ainsi que l’UN (agenda 2030). Pendant ce temps, les dirigeants des nations blanches continuent a sucer la graine de l’OMS. Les dirigeants des pays blancs pensaient qu’ils pourraient contrôler leur populations en utilisant un propagande de peur extreme. Leur propagande de peur extreme a complètement détruit les nations blanches occidentales.

    Burundi expels WHO coronavirus team as election approaches

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/14/burundi-expels-who-coronavirus-team-as-election-approaches?ref=hvper.com

    Pis comme si nous avons pas assez de problèmes, l’OMS et les dirigeants des nations blanches continuent avec leur propagandes de peur. Des marquages sur les plancher des McDonald’s pour continuer la stratégie de peur et de distanciation physique.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssTFA6fuEfc

    Après ils sont tous suppris que les gens sont paralysé de peur ou remplis de colère.
    ——————————————-

    Africans have understood that the WHO is corrupt as well as the UN (2030 agenda). Meanwhile, the leaders of the white nations continue to suck the seed of the WHO. The leaders of the white countries thought they could control their populations using propaganda of extreme fear. Their propaganda of extreme fear completely destroyed the western white nations.

    Burundi expels WHO coronavirus team as election approaches

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/14/burundi-expels-who-coronavirus-team-as-election-approaches?ref=hvper.com

    Worse as if we don’t have enough problems, the WHO and the leaders of the white nations continue with their propaganda of fear. Markings on McDonald’s floors to continue the strategy of fear and physical distancing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssTFA6fuEfc

    After they are all suppressed that people are paralyzed with fear or filled with rage.

  9. l on Thu, 14th May 2020 2:27 pm 

    SocialRevolutionComing on Thu, 14th May 2020 1:53 pm

    Les Africains ont compris que l’OMS est corrompu ainsi que l’UN (agenda 2030). Pendant ce te

    supertard supertard sock

    no work on supremacist muzzies amputation starig with muzzie imams?

    clearly i underestimated the severely of muzzie ck addiction

  10. JuanP on Thu, 14th May 2020 2:28 pm 

    SocialRevolutionComing STFUA asshole

  11. JuanP on Thu, 14th May 2020 2:29 pm 

    I, STFU asshole

  12. Deport illegals on Thu, 14th May 2020 2:30 pm 

    Go back to South America asshole, JuanP

  13. l on Thu, 14th May 2020 2:54 pm 

    muzzie enjoying peaceful ramadan
    day 21
    kabooms: 109
    went to see allah and muhadmad the pedifilers:
    476

    still no world from SocialRevolutionComing supertard. muzzie ck must be awesome

  14. I AM THE MOB on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:25 pm 

    Protesters don’t scare the elites.

    Snipers do.

  15. JuanP on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:26 pm 

    I am afraid to comment on the moderated side

  16. Dredd on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:27 pm 

    Yep, we are slow burning ourselves on the barbecue of “it can’t happen here” (On The Origin Of The Home Of Covid-19).

  17. Boney Joe on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:28 pm 

    JuanPussy, why are you such a coward ?

  18. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 14th May 2020 3:35 pm 

    The board has degraded to the tune that only mobster says something not entirely mesjogge.

  19. Cloggie on Fri, 15th May 2020 2:55 am 

    Sanitized the greenhouse data I posted yesterday:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/greenhouse-technology-in-kazakhstan/

  20. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 15th May 2020 4:03 am 

    China and Australia: the boa constrictor and the rabbit.

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

    “Beijing wants to ‘split Australia’”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SDUm1bx7Zc

    “Australia’s China Problem”

    More:

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=china+australia

  21. Abraham van Helsing on Fri, 15th May 2020 10:16 am 

    The Indonesian capital of Jakarta, in ancient times known as Batavia, is the fastest sinking city on earth. By 2050 most of it will be gone:

    https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p088t8gm/the-world-s-fastest-sinking-city

    The Indonesian government will rebuild the city in Borneo.

  22. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 1:33 pm 

    Abe, it would take years to rebuild the city and costs money, manpower (a lot of skilled workers) and resources. As of currently, our world’s resources are being overconsumed. All this fantasy of renewable energy will never happen. We will have to live with the serious consequences of our mistakes on a global scale (rising sea levels, desertification, erosion, pollution etc.).

  23. Richard Guenette on Fri, 15th May 2020 1:35 pm 

    Abe, learn to adapt to our changing world. Slow down (live life slow). You only live once.

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