The basic premise of Karl Marx 1848 “Communist Manifesto” was “To each according to his needs, from each according to his means.” Ignoring the impossibility of implementing this in a classless society without resorting to outright theft let me examine means and especially needs.
There are three needs, food, water and protection from the elements and predators. The biggest predator being Government. All else are luxuries. The political opportunists substitute wants for needs and appeal to envy to implement egalitarianism to make all equal by redistribution of resources by force. This creates a fertile environment for corruption with each competing for ever decreasing resources and the “Rule of Law” degenerates into might makes right. This is why our owners want people control misnamed weapons control.
Of the three needs food is the leading contender for shortages with phosphorous and/or diesel fuel causing shortages of production of food in accordance with Liebig’s Law. Liebig’s Law, “Growth is limited by the scarcest resource, not by the total amount of resources,” For plant growth the scarcest resource is phosphorous. No North American fertilizer company can achieve vertical integration because they have to import some Phosphorus.
Seventy percent of the world’s phosphorous reserves are located in Morocco, twenty percent of the world’s oil in Saudi Arabia. Morocco is a Sunni Kingdom so far friendly to the West. From the standpoint of the Worlds food supply Morocco is the most important county on the planet. The depletion of phosphorous will cause the world’s food and population to decrease on some form of Seneca Cliff to what can be supported by permaculture.
The other entity causing the return to permaculture (excluding extinction) is the depletion of diesel fuel. Diesel fuel can only by be made from crude oil of certain specific gravities. It cannot be made from tight, light oil or the oil sands tar. Volumes and BTU (British Thermal Units) are irreverent since BTU value of gasoline and diesel are much closer than the 106,000hp developed by the largest diesel engine and the largest practical gasoline engine. Also gasoline engines are 25 to 30% efficient vs. 50% for diesel.
Until the invention of the internal combustion engine gasoline was a waste product dumped in the rivers (before EPA). Gasoline engines eliminated a waste product, provided employment for millions but provide vehicles that basically run around in circles. All the heavy lifting was done by diesel. Industrial agriculture is totally dependent on diesel as well as the military and most transportation of bulk goods.
It takes Mother Earth millions of years to make crude oil that can be used to make diesel. This is the real reason for the push to get diesel cars extinct. Flatten Out the Seneca Cliff of the depletion of phosphorous and/or diesel. With the depletion of phosphorus and/or diesel we are back to permaculture and the life style of my heritage, the Old Order Mennonites and a much smaller World population.