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Post Carbon Institute26 September under a Creative Commons License Akropolis by Leo von Klenze Could declining world energy result in a turn toward authoritarianism by governments around the world?
As we will see, there is no simple answer that applies to all countries. However, pursuing the question leads us on an illuminating journey through the labyrinth of relations between energy, economics, and politics. Department of Energy anticipate an increase in world energy supplies lasting at least until the end of this century.
However, these agencies essentially just match supply forecasts to anticipated demandwhich they extrapolate from past economic growth and energy usage trends. The ratio of energy returned on energy invested EROEI for fossil energy production has tended to fall as high-quality deposits of oil, coal, and natural gas are depleted, and as society relies more on unconventional oil and gas that require more energy for extraction, and on coal that is more deeply buried or that is of lower energy content.
Further, renewable energy sources, especially if paired with needed energy storage technologies, tend to have a lower some say much lower EROEI than fossil fuels offered during the glory days of world economic growth after World War II.
And renewables require energy up front for their manufacture, producing a net energy benefit only later on. The quantities and qualities of energy available to any society have impacts that ripple through its economy, and hence every aspect of daily life. Abundant, easily transported and stored energy from fossil fuels made industrial expansion possible during the twentieth century, and especially after World War II.
This period of turbo-charged economic growth had repercussions in fields as diverse as manufacturing, farming, transportation, and even music via the electrification of live performance as well as the flourishing of the recording industry.
Further, as archaeologist Joseph Tainter has pointed outsocieties often use complexity an increase in the variety of tools and institutions as a means of solving problems.
But complexity carries energy costs, and the deployment of complexity as a problem-solving strategy is subject to diminishing returns. All of which suggests that if and when energy sources decline, industrial societies will face systemic challenges on a scale far beyond anything seen in recent decades.
Specifically, I address the question of whether and which societies will have a high probability of turning toward authoritarian forms of government in response to energy challenges.
However, as we will see, energy decline is far from being the only possible driver of authoritarian political change. The Anthropology and History of Authoritarianism and Democracy It is often asserted that democracy began in ancient Greece.
While there is some truth to the statement, it is also misleading. Many pre-agricultural societies tended to be highly egalitarian, with most or all members contributing to significant decisions. Animal-herding societies were an exception: Herders, whose social relations reflect the harshness of their environment, typically live in places unfit for farming, such as deserts.
A good example of democracy completely independent of the Greek tradition is the Iroquois confederacy of the American northeastwhose inclusive decision-making system incorporated checks and balances; it served as an inspiration for colonists seeking to design a democratic government for themselves as they threw off the yoke of British rule.
Early agricultural societies were often rigidly authoritarian. Marvin Harris explained this development in infrastructural terms: But the appropriation of so much power by an individual or family required further justification; hence new sky-god religions emerged, valorizing kings and pharaohs as wielders of divine power.
Farmers could grow diverse crops independently, without relying on state controls over water and grain.
Prior to the fossil fuel era, Europe enjoyed a significant injection of wealth from its sail-based pillaging of much of the rest of the world.
Merchants, as a social class, began to jostle against the aristocracy and clergy, previous holders of political power. In modern times, industrial expansion based on abundant energy from fossil fuels has led to urbanization and to the employment of much of the population in factory, sales, and managerial positions.International Scholars Tuition School International Scholars Tuition School (IST) tutors are dedicated to teaching the most comprehensive lessons for the 11+ Common Entrance Exams (CEE), UKiset, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, 13+ Common Entrance Exams (CEE), 13+ Common Academic Scholarship Exams (CASE), and Eton College King’s Scholarship Exams, to Hong Kong students who .
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