“Scientists” say society is doomed, according to a “research study,” but the explanation is right out of the Marx playbook.
Economic determinism, inequality, class struggle – it’s all there in a Live Science article, “Society Is Doomed, Scientists Claim.” The scientists, we learn, are from NASA-Goddard and the University of Maryland. While both institutions thrive in a free-market capitalist system, they have no need for that hypothesis, even after watching floods of poor people flee communist dictatorships for the freedom in America. Societal collapse, you see, is a Darwinian thing. It’s like the balance of nature: too many predators (bourgeousie), and the prey (proletariat) drops off. (The “researchers” avoided those terms, for obvious reasons).
“Informed by this paradigm,” the article says, “the researchers developed a relatively simple formula with four factors influencing social collapse: nature and natural resources, the accumulation of wealth, the elite and the commoners.” Unless a revolution of the proletariat presumably occurs in time, economics will drive the rich richer and the poor poorer until society collapses. There’s no role for sin (e.g., corruption and dishonesty of leaders, or ignorance and apathy of voters) in this equation. Not even intelligent design (technology, planning) can stave off this law of nature, they believe. They do, however, have a solution to provide hope:
“Not all is lost, however: Societies can moderate the two factors that contribute most to social meltdown: the exploitation of natural resources and the uneven distribution of wealth, the researchers said.
“Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per-capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion,” they wrote.
Ah, yes: redistribution of wealth. Marx would be honored to have “scientific researchers” confirm his theory. His utopian visions worked out so well in the 20th century (e.g., 11/30/05)
The article led to some emotional interchanges in the comments. A subsequent statement by NASA posted on Space.com said that the paper was “not solicited, directed or reviewed” by the space agency, and “NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions.”
Favorite cheer of Big Science academia: “Lean to the left! Lean to the left! Stand up, sit down, fight the right!”