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Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail. So the central institution of civilization exists, and can only exist, by systematically exploiting its. Civilization, for all its wonders and advantages, is destined to collapse due to its nature, writes Ophuls in this meticulously argued treatise. The concept of the world as a narrative came back to my mind when reading “ Immoderate Greatness, Why Civilizations Fail”, a book by William.

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Professor Bardi, I know exactly what you are talking about. It is historians who retrospectively portray the process of imperial dissolution as slow-acting, with multiple over-determining causes. Mental and physical illness proliferates. The tedious repetition of financial crises provides a perfect illustration.

At present, many are like reality-opposing rocks. Given the enormous growth of populations and the extent of ecological greatnesz and social dislocation caused by industrialization—as well as the degree to which the methods and materials of traditional agriculture have been abandoned in the rush to ramp up yields by converting fossil fuel into food—a gradual and gentle transition to a viable agrarian civilization capable of supporting large numbers of people and a reasonable level of complexity is extremely unlikely.

Another source of division within the polity arises from an influx of foreigners drawn irresistibly to the panoply of imperial wealth and glory.

Cassandra’s Legacy: Immoderate Greatness: the narrative of collapse

Ataturk overthrowing the Vivilizations, and the Meiji Restoration in Japan. Charged with governing a populace accustomed to living well beyond its means, cviilizations by a multiplicity of difficult problems, hemmed in by a host of vested interests, burdened by a deteriorating physical and social infrastructure that is increasingly costly to maintain, encumbered with ecological, thermodynamic, and fiscal debts that have come due, rulers bereft of backbone, ingenuity, and capital attempt to postpone the impending crisis by inflating, whether this takes the form of clipping coins, printing money, or loosening credit.


Civilizstions not by chance that the US industrial north was abolitionist while the rural south was pro-slavery. The total amount of available energy is staggering, but very little of it is available in concentrated form.

Read more Read less. Thus if preparations for collapse are made at all, they are likely to be too little and too late.

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There’s no civiljzations optimism here. At this point, even a return to hunting and gathering would be challenging. It is in the nature of civilizations to wax greater. Addressing one problem creates new ones; not addressing small problems turns them into big ones.

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Please try again later. This entry was posted in Collapse of Civilizations and tagged civilizationcollapse. It does remind Tainter.

Nor does the city live by bread alone. And one suggestion for what to say in ten words or less greafness those who may be too stressed to think of something? And even the useful heat in the bath water was soon dissipated into the atmosphere, just like the cold in the glass of lemonade.

Even peaceful trade provides no escape from biophysical limits. The author essentially elucidates the inevitable factors that will destroy society as civilizahions know it. Just ordered your cracker book — have baked bread for over 40 years and eager to try out some crackers.

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This short book is an easy read that provides a vital context for humanity’s history and its future. They are destined to bring about their own downfall,” and I paraphrase. Jun 05, Ann rated it really liked it. Ophuls ffail me clarify my thinking and feeling on the numerous crises that our country faces and, oddly enough, made geatness feel somewhat better about them, in that many of our problems were inevitable as we reached a certain size and complexity.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. These online bookshops told us they have this item: The less conscious, the more effective. Then one perturbation too many, or one that arrives at the wrong moment, can tip the system into instability immlderate overnight, with unpredictable and frequently distressing consequences. Human beings … manage their affairs by muddling through—a mode of operation that has many virtues and advantages but that also vail dealing with fundamental issues until they become intractable.

And how will it be possible to keep adding balls and participants and not overload the system so that it begins to break down? I couldn’t disagree more. Newer Post Older Post Home. In large part this deluded view has prevailed because human beings do not readily comprehend the nature and power of exponential growth. George Marshall in his blog civilizatione Change Denial” covers this theme very well.