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Production Methods, Overpopulation, and Resource Scarcity

2,179일 21:22 - The Irish William Wallace

Modern political economies and environmental conservatism have a very loose relationship at this point in time and has mostly been something that scientists and environmental activists have acknowledged as being of extreme importance. In the United States, we have few congressmen who are willing to base their campaign off environmental conservation because coincidentally conservationism affects the economy negatively. Our conservative environmental policy has only held the floodgates open to an ever increasing issue of natural resource depletion, degradation of the environment, and the extinction of many species in a relatively short time span. I would like to present information through statistical data and historical analysis, about the link between production methods, overpopulation, and increasing resource scarcity.



The inputs and outputs of our current mode of production is characterized by private ownership of the means of production. That means that the extraction of natural resources used to produce goods is almost entirely at the will of private enterprise so as their right to make profit. Most governments have weak environmental regulation, especially in third world nations where resources are essentially being extracted at increasing rates to keep a profit margin. Statistics show we are losing 2.4 acres of rainforest per second which accumulates to 78 million acres per year. The motive for having such environmental policy is obvious, if production slows so do profits which in turn slows the accumulation of wealth by those who own capital. The only economic incentives that exist are that our government offers grants and funding to companies that meet emission standards or they face a heavy fine.



Before the Industrial Revolution the methods of manufacture were produced almost entirely from hand production methods. During the Industrial Revolution new manufacture saw the transition of hand production methods to the use of machines. This is the where productivity begins to rise rapidly and soon after the world’s population. Some other contributing factors to this are advancements in healthcare, worker’s rights, and safety regulations which in turn reduce mortality rates. Since the 1950s, our productivity in the United States has risen exponentially, reaching 254.3% in 2010. After 1995, it has risen twice as fast as previous decades. This noticeable increase in production correlates with corporate profits (after tax). Productivity and corporate profits both are record high and both statistically show to be rising at incredible rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, corporate profits (after tax) have reached nearly 1,800 billion dollars. The relationship between increases in production and corporate profits is undeniable; however, it is also undeniable that the increases in production correlate with increased resource consumption. At the current rate, if everyone consumed as much energy as the United States, we would need five Earths to sustain it. According the EPA estimates, in the past few decades alone we’ve used up a third of the world’s resources. To conclude production methods, it is evident that productivity and resource consumption is on the rise.





The global population has, as well, been exponentially growing alongside production and resource consumption. As the population rises, the demand for resources increases. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the human population grew subtly. Around 10,000 BC according to the chart provided by the Population Reference Bureau, there is an estimated increase in human population during this time period from increased agricultural production. This is the first example we see the relationship between production and population growth. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that it hit one billion and a century later in 1950 there were roughly two and a half billion people. Only fifty years later the population grew to six billion. This is all according to the U.S. Census Bureau. On October 31st, 2011 the top United Nations officials declared we past the seven billion mark. A conservative estimate for the world population in 2050 is nine billion with the possibility of reaching ten billion. That number is also what scientists proclaim is the Earth’s “maximum carrying capacity”. That means that beyond that point the Earth would not be able to produce sustenance. Scientists believe that our population growth will make a “u-turn” and statistics have shown the growth rate to be lowering and that the world’s population will stabilize slightly fewer than ten billion. However our resource consumption rate has continued to increase. Naturally, increases in population will increase consumption whether or not they are economically able to be active consumers.



The information provided clearly shows the integral relationship between the extraction of natural resources, which are used for the production of goods to be consumed, and the continuous rise in population are directly contributing to the problem of resource scarcity. The fact that our methods of accumulating capital are based on the need for increased productivity and the fact that the means of production are in private ownership, in an economic system that is profit-driven, leaves the environment in the hands of people only interested in creating profit. If productivity is decreased, they are no longer making a profit, and if it continues to decrease than the business will be considered unsuccessful and unprofitable. It is this dilemma that faces the 21st century and the current state of modern political economy.



Thanks for reading! Comments and discussion are encouraged!

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My next work is titled: "Reaching For A Better World: Neoliberalism contre Democracy" which will be released shortly after Novemember 18th.

 

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Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken 2,179일 21:34

You need to bring eRep in here somehow or will get a dreaded FP when some ass reports you.

The Irish William Wallace
The Irish William Wallace 2,179일 22:06

I did bring eRep into here, I asked kindly for community debate and discussion over the evident issue I've written for you all. It isn't necessarily eRep, but it involves the eRep community

The Irish William Wallace
The Irish William Wallace 2,179일 22:06

Also my EA comment at the end

Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken 2,180일 05:54

Spam cases include, but are not limited to, the following cases:
articles not related to eRepublik ;

therefore every article you need to twist it more into eRep. For example adding a paragraph about how resource problems differ in RL and eRep would bring you into the safe zone.

Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken 2,179일 21:35

will read it later dont have time now

Cry of the Banshee
Cry of the Banshee 2,179일 21:38

lol you were PP of Eire Aonair mike??

I still have a lot of funny stories to know.

my vote !

Viktor Kurgan
Viktor Kurgan 2,180일 10:48

Even Kurgan was once PP of EA:
http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/inconvenient-truth-about-eire-aonair-2179071/1/20

I also turned EA into EA Abbey coz of exorcism i had to perform to clean that party from SATAN!

Struis Vogel
Struis Vogel 2,181일 06:26

You are my favorite weirdo on erep.

tsakali
tsakali 2,180일 00:59

144/560

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man 2,180일 01:23

o7

Demonaire
Demonaire 2,180일 04:09

Who's report this, is an Asshole.

Done, enough protection for today. xD

Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken 2,180일 05:06

read up on the spam rule. recently got such a penalty.

Demonaire
Demonaire 2,180일 05:11

...And, in that mode, the people destroyed the few of fun still existing in eR.

Seanan
Seanan 2,180일 05:01

Where is that last image from?

The Irish William Wallace
The Irish William Wallace 2,180일 06:45

After work I will fish you out the site

Seanan
Seanan 2,180일 12:29

You're a babe. Cheers!

Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken 2,180일 05:50

its an interesting article. think that must have been last year about. As far as resources go I think science will keep up with resource demand. for example canoes used to be made with fibre glass and now their made from plastics which can be recycled.

i think the point these kinds of articles miss is that people's lifestyles have become way too comfortable and that people need to be more self reliant. we have difficult seasons so produce mostly in the summer but i will atleast make a contribution to my food ask(for lack of a better word ) I do not focus 100% on food production else I probably could have about a meal of spinach each day. but its very interesting. on 1 ground we will never run out of resources and that would be food production

Viktor Kurgan
Viktor Kurgan 2,180일 10:53

Clearly this article speaks about naked womenz......voted hard....not hard in that way....maybe...

Ryan I
Ryan I 2,180일 13:19

ah, I know you Emperor Palpatine, and I'm watching...

Winston Hope Smith
Winston Hope Smith 2,180일 13:30

I'm vote 528

sir adriano prette
sir adriano prette 2,180일 13:44

Interesting article, a decrease in the amount of meat consumption would go a long way to helping the ecosystem and increasing the sustainability of our planet, the UN wrote an interesting report on how Cassava will need to become the staple part of most people's diet's in the future if we are to continue to support our numbers on this planet.

The Irish William Wallace
The Irish William Wallace 2,180일 14:00

Yes, they said if everyone was vegetarian that we could support 10 billion people, but doubtful everyone would become vegetarian it is lowered to 9 billion.

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille 2,181일 06:38

*righteous glow* :p

Struis Vogel
Struis Vogel 2,181일 06:39

I love Cassava but DON'T take away my steak! my precious steak....

Anthony Colby
Anthony Colby 2,180일 17:14

In the US if minimum wage was tied to productivity it would be around 20 dollars by now I have read. Instead it has gone the other way.

The Irish William Wallace
The Irish William Wallace 2,181일 12:39

I think it was more like $22 to be exact, but yeah I'm making $7.25 as I have all my life. There's that and the fact I'm paying more in taxes than investors, who make so much more than I ever will. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid 15% in taxes, if you could ever elect a bigger cheat it would be him.

AD31 the Highlander
AD31 the Highlander 2,180일 18:25

Voted.

Great article mate! Waiting for the next one

 
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