The Decline of the Undiscovered Country. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

03-15-2017 (Photo:Ruins of ancient Rome, antiquity, cities and countries, Italy, Rome 1600x1200 ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Decline of the Undiscovered Country. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs. “…We will see that our path to the future often resembles historical patterns. Democracies and republics may once again lose their fashionable appeal, for example (indeed, the abuse of those systems already shows signs of their declining prestige). “Republics” and “democracies”, as we have seen them over the past few centuries, are, indeed, an ancient phenomenon, and are no more modern than tyrannies, monarchies, or any other form of human organization. They all have had their appeal, reflecting different social contextual conditions. Moreover, the notion that “democracy” is solely bound up in a highly formulaic process, often increasingly distant from a reflection of social needs, also fails to consider that “democracy” is any form of governance in which allows — or necessitates — an interactive response between levels of the social hierarchy. What we call “democracy” today is not what we called it several centuries ago; even 50 years ago. Nor is it what we will call it in 20 or 50 years hence. As well, significantly, the postulations of a technology-driven future all tend to assume a continuation of current patterns of capital formation and economic and social behavior, not to mention taxation and bureaucratic frameworks. What is most critical, and what is not yet taken into account, is the now-clear evidence that human populations globally will, unevenly, begin entering a period of substantial decline in numbers. Indeed, that process has begun already in advanced economies, and particularly related to highly urbanized societies. The profound implications of that I examined — or began to examine — in the 2012 book, UnCivilization: Urban Geopoli-tics in a Time of Chaos2. Profound changes in population dynamics (size, movement, cohesiveness) have corre-spondingly profound impacts on economic trends, including consumer demand (as a driver of the size of capital asset values, as well as production requirements), employ-ment, and much more. Is it possible that scientific and technological breakthroughs could offset — or enhance — the impact of population decline and urbanization and transnational migration? Indeed. And the greatest area of such technological offset will need to be in the area of dispersed electrical power generation, because power grid in-frastructure will be the most vulnerable variable in progress going forward….”

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