Who said it?

“The age of abundance is over. The period from 1945 to 2005 when almost unimaginable amounts of cheap petroleum sloshed through the economies of the world’s industrial nations, and transformed life in those nations almost beyond recognition, still shapes most of our thinking and nearly all of our expectations. Not one significant policy maker or mass media pundit in the industrial world has begun to talk about the impact of the end of the age of abundance; it’s an open question if any of them have grasped how fundamental the changes will be as the new age of post-abundance economics begins to clamp down.

Most ordinary people in the industrial world, for their part, are sleepwalking through one of history’s major transitions. The issues that concern them are still defined entirely by the calculus of abundance. Most Americans these days, for example, worry about managing a comfortable retirement, paying for increasingly expensive medical care, providing their children with a college education and whatever amenities they consider important. It has not yet entered their darkest dreams that they need to worry about access to such basic necessities as food, clothing and shelter, the fate of local economies and communities shredded by decades of malign neglect, and the rise of serious threats to the survival of constitutional government and the rule of law.”

John Michael Greer, “The World After Abundance”



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2 responses to “Who said it?

  1. The news reports this morning were almost giddy about the recent decline in fuel prices in advance of the Memorial Day weekend. It means that more people will be able to buy more gas to waste on longer trips, all while massive amounts of our precious, non-renewable resources are continuing to spew into the Gulf of Mexico.

    How does it make sense that for the past month we have spilled more oil than we will waste in the coming weekend and both involve resources that we will never recover?

    • steveaustinlex

      There’s a sense of “it’s getting better” even though it isnt getting better at all – in fact, its getting much worse…the shock to our system when the reality hits will be that much worse…

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