More nationalism, less cooperation, more international conflict. A year of of electoral revolts may end the European Union as we know it.
In the West, globalization is in freefall. It is blamed for gutting the industrial base and corroding social cohesion. Whatever the reasons, more and more previously thoughtful nation states are returning to the me-first politics of demanding toddlers. Toddlers with weapons. Toddlers who engage in trade wars, geopolitical confrontations, and large-scale military conflicts.
At a scientific level, these shifts look like symptoms of a larger underlying problem: the overburden of our huge global population starting to thrash against the limits of its ever diminishing resources. When there is not enough to go around, animals start to fight. It’s basic ecology. The simple fact is, there are not enough resources to support the world’s population. […more…]