The relationship between the British and their North American colonies has greatly influenced global civilization for the past few centuries. Whether the balance tipped to the side of good or evil depends on who is asked. Many extinct peoples of North America cannot answer, but we can reasonably infer their reply. The would probably vote in the negative, as would the peoples of India, as would most surviving remnants of Native American societies, as would many other colonized peoples, both during the ascent and dominance of the British Empire and the American Empire. The preferred fiction is that the USA is not an empire, even though it has several hundred military bases scattered across the world, even though it has killed far more people internationally than the , and the tally does not include the millions, even billions, immiserated by the USA’s neocolonial policies. Below is a map of the British Empire's territorial control. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Those imperial games of indoctrination, apology, censorship, obfuscation, and turning reality upside-down are highly relevant to the West’s economic trajectory, and are leading reasons why FE and its potential outcomes reside outside the realm of possibility for the world’s people, particularly those living in industrial societies. not endorsed by the scientific establishment and its patrons are today, and this is arguably the greatest triumph of humanity’s social managers. When people encounter the of FE, they almost invariably have reactions of denial that range from to to . For those of us who that , witnessing that entrenched denial can be quite a spectacle. That subject will be , but the development of industry, science, and political-economic ideologies, even though they are inextricably entangled with imperial dynamics, deserve much more treatment.
But what led to English success in North America, more than anything else, was the energy-rich continent that they stumbled into. Intact forests and soils were long gone in Europe, and seemingly virgin lands were there for the taking, as long as the natives were removed. Soon after the USA achieved its independence from Great Britain, during a meeting of English and American diplomats, a British diplomat noted that despite their many similarities, among them their common heritage, the Americans at that meeting were all about a foot taller than their British counterparts. Colonial New Englanders lived several years longer than their British counterparts. The rich soils of North America grew larger people than Europe’s depleted soils, and Americans always had one of humanity’s longest life expectancies. That was largely why they could .
Those basics never really changed, and environmental destruction accompanied all civilizations, as razing forests and growing crops could never really be sustainable and certainly could not form the foundation for economically abundant societies. Economic scarcity, which is always rooted in energy scarcity, was as deeply ingrained into all ideologies as thoroughly as those early religions that to reinforce group cohesion. Economic scarcity was and is so pervasive that it is an of of today’s . As with all assumptions, scarcity has become a barely visible framework to adherents of dominant ideologies. If energy were abundant, scarcity-based realities and ideologies would quickly become obsolete, as well as many societal features that are scarcity’s side-effects, such as , , , , and .
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The rest of this chapter will trace many important preindustrial developments which helped set the stage for the Industrial Revolution, which is humanity’s fourth and most recent Epochal Event. But until the last few centuries in Europe preceding the Industrial Revolution, the basics among all civilizations did not appreciably change. Agriculture provided a local and stable energy supply that allowed for sedentism, forests were removed to make way for crops, and domestic animals were used to provide labor and/or flesh products, while their manure helped replenish soil nutrients depleted by agriculture. Virtually everywhere that agriculture appeared, so did civilization, with varying levels of urbanity. Elites dominated all civilizations, and they almost always invoked either a divine nature or divine sanction to justify their status, and they always engaged in conspicuous economic consumption. Cities situated on low-energy transportation lanes, which were almost always bodies of water, exploited forested and agricultural hinterlands, which were worked by peasants and slaves, while cities housed professionals and the elite. Forests and agriculture provided the primary energy supply of all preindustrial civilizations, which was usually supplemented with the products and services of domestic animals. All preindustrial civilizations were steeply hierarchical - economically, socially, and politically – and the means of production provided small surpluses that supported a small elite and professional class. Fighting over resources and plunder has been the primary predilection of all civilizations for all time, except for a very brief interlude at the beginnings of .
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Today, capitalist interests have turned and concocted other that the public has swallowed whole. Greed and other deadly sins in our scarcity-addicted world. If abundance comes to pass, if a practice is discovered to be harmful, then it will be abandoned and a harmless method will be developed and implemented. What will not happen is that those “invested” in the harmful practice will brainwash the public, with , to call addictive junk food (that capitalizes on the evolutionary energetic adaptation to ) nutritious, and the many other evil practices that parade today as beneficial or benign. Without huge capitalistic interest involved (the GCs are capitalism on steroids), which are , those kinds of practices will end.
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In summary, a world without pollution, environmental destruction, hunger, poverty, and warfare would quickly come to pass with the most basic of technologies that I exist. But what may challenge most of today’s minds are the many features of today’s civilization that will quickly become archaic and viewed as and “games” are today.