Trou­bles ahead

The Times-Tribune - - Editorial -

Edi­tor: There could be noth­ing bet­ter for the fab­ric of this na­tion than to re­lease our young peo­ple from the bondage of soul-crush­ing stu­dent loan debt.

Sen. Bernie San­ders had the temer­ity to say this out loud dur­ing his 2016 cam­paign for pres­i­dent.

The de­clin­ing re­spect for col­lec­tive gov­ern­ment ver­i­fied for us re­cently by Donna Brazile, for­mer in­terim chair of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, is proof that our elec­toral process on the na­tional level, at least, is on life sup­port.

Si­lenc­ing San­ders was only a piece of a larger dy­namic. The 2004 pub­li­ca­tion up­date of the book “Lim­its to Growth,” il­lus­trates the case for over­shoot and the col­lapse of com­plex so­ci­eties. It is summed up in the pref­ace; “The col­lapse will ar­rive very sud­denly, much to every­one’s sur­prise.”

The elites know about the com­ing con­ver­gence of en­vi­ron­ment, en­ergy and eco­nom­ics is­sues out­lined in the book and are busy in­creas­ing their share of the world’s de­clin­ing re­source base in prepa­ra­tion for these trou­bles.

This enterprise is doomed to fail­ure. The con­se­quences of un­sus­tain­able over­shoot even­tu­ally will visit the most heav­ily for­ti­fied es­tates and be funded in part, on the backs of our youth. JACK MOORE DICK­SON CITY

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