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Tango0118 Apr 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

"Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world's future, says Rachel Nuwer.

The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of anyone outside of our immediate group. Should we find no way to get the wheels back in motion, we'd eventually face total societal collapse…"
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Mikasa19 Apr 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

Huge population growth driving mass immigration. The West could pull up the draw bridge but won't. I give us about 30 years.

wminsing Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 4:35 a.m. PST

Ah yes the good old 'Yellow Peril' mentality, alive and well.


wminsing Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 4:40 a.m. PST

Also, this article, like so many others, confuses 'Western Civilization' with 'Industrial Civilization'. The two aren't the same and never have been.


Tango0119 Apr 2017 10:19 a.m. PST



Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

It is a sad fact that history doesn't stand still, and there are no guarantees in life. Bet the Romans didn't see it coming either.

There's this demographic tidbit to mull -- the coming Muslim majority among the world's population: link

USAFpilot19 Apr 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

Of course there are any number of unpredictable events that could happen which are independent of politics and nations. Pandemic, ecological disasters, asteroid, just to name a few.

Legion 423 Apr 2017 5:10 a.m. PST

I give us about 30 years
I'll probably be dead by then … so …

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