Category Archives: Resource Depletion

Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Technology—Promise or Curse?

By David L. Brown Historian Niall Ferguson in an article published in The Daily Beast raises a question that’s long interested me. He asks, in effect, which vision of the future we should embrace: The idea that technology will make … Continue reading

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My New Book

By David L. Brown I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book DEAD END PATH: How Industrial Agriculture Has Stolen Our Future. This work, in the form of an extended essay, is the result of a lifetime … Continue reading

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A Realist Looks at the Year Ahead

By David L. Brown Good morning everyone. If you woke up this morning (as I presume you did since you are reading this) you were probably surprised to learn that we have entered a New Year, Anno Domini 2009. I … Continue reading

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More Panic Among Oil Producers

By David L. Brown Russia has suggested it will join OPEC to cut petroleum exports and thus raise the price of oil. According to a story on Bloomberg.com this morning: “We have to defend ourselves,” [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev said … Continue reading

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When Things Go Horribly, Terribly Wrong

As nay-sayers continue to deny that global warming is real, scientists now say that not only is it real, it’s probably too late to do anything about it. Here’s a rather lengthy excerpt from an article appearing today on the … Continue reading

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Realism: The Emerging New World Order

By David L. Brown I have failed to contribute to this blog in recent weeks, for which I apologize. It has been a time of chaos in the world, beset with financial doom, political uncertainty, growing threats from every side. … Continue reading

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Looking Beyond the Multiple Resource Peaks

By David L. Brown We write endlessly about the changes that are taking place in the world, and there is mounting evidence that we are at a cusp of history, a brief moment in time after which things will be … Continue reading

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Farmers Choosing Mammon Over Conservation

By David L. Brown As we have predicted here the ongoing ethanol mania, now magnified by rapidly rising food prices and impending Third World famine, is causing farmers to plow up fragile lands that have been protected by conservation programs. … Continue reading

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Why Can’t the Chinese Be More Like Us?

By David L. Brown The current issue of The Economist has a cover story about China’s insatiable and growing thirst for natural resources. The cover itself bears the title “The New Colonialists,” and features this picture (which I have cropped … Continue reading

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