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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Chasing Vapour

More and more people are chasing an ever decreasing potential for collective 'growth' amongst the individuals that make up the population. It shouldn't present a difficult issue to comprehend. Many commentators and analysts complicate the basic 'problem' either deliberately (in the attempt to hide the problem) or by trying to clarify.

  • It's worth considering that most consumer items are produced in large numbers and generally prices go downwards for the masses, yet early adopters pay more to be first. It is typical to encounter sale, sale, sale and price cuts. There is, however, a different interpretation of cuts. Consumer goods (for a growing population) represent the growing market. Anything financial or essential will always cost more. It's the parasite's method of maintaining subservience and removing an ever-increasing-sized slice of the cake for itself. The cake stays the same size, but the sizes and redistribution change constantly.

To reward effort, something must be produced that is necessary and wanted (an essential) and sold so returning a gain from which those making the product can be paid. The manufacturer in order to grow must improve its own financial reward that in turn feeds the development of new products. Unless it's something that forms a staple diet (eg. bread), then new products are developed since older products usually go 'stale'. The growth of the consumer base continues to produce new crops of individuals needing to be fed with products: necessary good quality food and unnecessary consumables. The quality of foodstuffs is declining since growing food on exhausted land cannot return anything worthwhile. Farming used to involve periodically, but regularly, leaving a field fallow (crop rotation) so that the ground could recover. This no longer happens. Fertilisers and 'growth promoters' see to that. Food remains a 'growing' industry in the 'growth' market: more is needed and it just becomes more and more expensive, especially if the crop fails  due to exceptional weather conditions (as it sometimes does).

The tipping point was reached some while ago. The climate may be changing, though it has little to do with human activity. Such activity may not be helping a dire situation, but is still not the cause.

Overheads are many and varied from basic operating expenses (employment costs of staff) and the energy that is required to manufacture a product. A restaurant that offers food to its customers must buy-in the raw (uncooked) materials, prepare a sale-able product and employ staff to serve the products. Lighting and heating are just two of the overheads that are necessary to operate a business from the premises that have to be paid for.

As the population continues to grow theoretically more consumers will require more servicing. But, without a product of its own, a consumer will have no means to acquire money to buy anything. More and more people continue to arrive without the means to buy outright. Interest from debt is an industry that cannot be sustained as the debtors have a declining means to pay the interest on products that are not owned. Finance companies and banks technically own the majority of items imagined to have been bought. Until all debt is paid off, any item cannot be owned.

Enough food and water on an over-populated planet could possibly be sustained (just), but the main product is becoming simply the waste produced by that population. Good quality food is in decline like the drinking water available (3%) of all water over the Earth. This creates a potential water crisis. A greater population needs more of this water that must also be used to manufacture the concrete and bricks necessary to house this population. There is no new money (a man-made concept) to buy anything manufactured. Selling and lending are the two main curses facing this population. It defines them and us: those selling (them) and those buying (us). But to buy there has to be money available to use. The workforce is declining and makes more and more products that cannot be afforded (whatever the hype). Computer automation requires an even smaller human work-force. The costs of energy to simply sustain the growing consumer population continue to escalate. The Winners And Losers scenario clearly defines the stagnation for any potential of that 'buzz-word' growth.

The concept of growth traps the consumer who wants more and more, but continues to be less able to afford products. A fixed size global economy cannot grow. It can be, and does become, redistributed with the majority of the population being owned by some financial institution. The end result is control of those debtors who imagine they are 'comfortably well-off'.

One outcome of a growing population is that the growing number of people who are destitute is continuously being replaced by new mouths to feed (the new consumers). The birth-rate out-numbers the rate of death (the entire spectrum from natural to unnatural) so the always newer population continues to grow.
This does not form a cycle, but a spiral. An ever decreasing sized-spiral so paradoxically, the numbers get larger, but the resources to sustain this population declines.

The misdirection involves the 'science' (mostly an anonymous community) describing how more and more children can be brought into the world (each child requiring a resource for survival) and how £$bns can be spent by an ever-indebt global population to go to Mars or the Moon (both for the 1st time). The Moon is (probably) thought to contain oil (abiogenic) as is the Earth's mantle. The search and the production of oil is still described in terms of making a profit and so in it's turn defines the need for a growing consumer/population base. One day, the logic will (too late) awaken to the real demise of the population and its rapid decline and truly negative growth:

BIG TIME

and the acceleration in the decimation of the Earth. A growing number of people will not be able to sustain themselves. The skills and 'know-how' will simply not be available or known. The more specialised the requirements the less is the number of capable individuals who can provide a need. Manufacturing continues to be moved to regions like China, but anything made must still be sold. Such finance must originate from somewhere...

The vapour

Eventually, there will remain a planet with a population that cannot sustain itself and the parasite so destroys itself. It's inevitable and it won't take long. The process has already started, fuelled by:

GREED and STUPIDITY

Politics will destroy the Earth. It all comes home to that inescapable conclusion. The global economies of the so-called leading and advanced societies actually serve to define the grotesquely backward attitude of the human parasite.