a few years ago I read Jared Diamonds book, “Collapse”. every condition of societal and economic collapse is present in the US. It comes down to an unwillingness to adapt the political and economic paradigm to changing conditions such as resource depletion and to practice environmental sustainability. Examples in his book were Easter island, the Mayans, the Vikings. On Easter island trees were harvested for moving Moai to their erect locations, but boats made of wood were essential to keep trade to other island alive. The Moai were a tribute to political leadership. Trade was a lifeline to the isolated location. Wrong choice! Vikings also remained dependent on trees for their boats, but had none in Greenland. They survived by raiding, but needed boats to do it. The Inuits were there too and while they perished, the Inuits are still there - Inuits could live off of existing resources, Vikings couldn’t. Mayans lived off existing resources initially but their success made them grow and grow, outstripping their ability to survive with such large populations, on those same resources. What about us -capitalism demands obsessive growth, populations are getting too big, resources are diminishing against over-consumption, ecological collapse is changing the world faster that we will be able to adapt to it.