Monday, January 18, 2010


The Internet-based community that's grown up around Peak Oil has produced some really phenomenal writing, some of which I've tried to highlight at this blog.

That said, there are also some arguments that simply shouldn't be made, like arguing that America is less vulnerable to severe oil shocks because it's "monoethnic" in contrast to the deeply divided Europe. Not that Europe isn't divided, but if your understanding of the United States is that it's monoethnic, or that ethnic fault lines haven't caused numerous crises within America's politics, you really ought to put your head down on your desk and think about what you've just said.

That said, the idea of a new Byzantium, where some parts of the global system stay intact when others collapse utterly deserves some thought.

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