From: Thomas Buckner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Aug 17 2004 - 05:15:10 MDT
--- Randall Randall <email@example.com>
> I don't know to what extent the Easter
> Islanders would have been
> helped by a market system, since I know little
> about that situation.
Their society crashed when they ran out of trees.
There was no nearby place to get more trees, and
no way at all to build boats. They were trapped.
I see similar possibilities for technological
society as a whole. Suppose a severe setback of
some sort left us with only a 19th C. tech base.
We might still have all the advanced info but how
would that help when all the easy-to-reach oil
was pumped long ago, or some other basic raw
materials could no longer be accessed because all
the low-hanging fruit had been taken?
Not saying it will happen, or is even likely, but
I can imagine it.
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