Note — Sep 18, 2022

The Infamous 1972 Report that Warned of Civilization’s Collapse

At WIRED, a quick interview with Carlos Alvarez Pereira about the 1972 book The Limits to Growth and the ways in which it failed. His conclusion at the very end kind of matches my current thinking, but neither of us knows how quickly it happens.

What the system has done, as a mechanism to continue with growth at all costs, is actually to burn the future. And the future is the least renewable resource. […]

So politically, at the level of corporations, at the official level, things are going pretty much in the wrong direction. Culturally, below the line, my bet is that a lot of things are happening in the good direction. The human revolution is already happening—it's just that we don't see it. And maybe it's good that we don't see it yet, until the very moment where it makes a lot of things shift.