Head to Head, Together

Apologists for industrialism, as well as its critics, agree that the industrial mode of economic production, and industrial society itself, do not have the choice of arresting their growth at a desired level, or even to slacken momentum.  Like the cancer cell, when the system stops growing, it dies.  A carcinoma perishes only after it has killed off the organism on which it has been preying.  The industrial process, and the industrial society it supports, will collapse only when two things happen.  The first is that global industry is deprived of the natural resources, and the materials it synthesizes from those resources, that it requires in order to continue to produce industrial goods.  The second is that the human resources it needs to operate the machines that create industrial wealth and to consume it either disappear, by some means or another, or are reduced to a number of human beings insufficient to perform both functions.  Until one or both of these apocalyptic events happen, industry will grind on, bound by the law of endless growth and supported by the ineradicable conviction of consumer society that what it has at present is not enough, that twice or three times as much would still not be enough, that the very concept of “enough” is unimaginable.  Arguing from unarguable fact, it is safe to predict that industrialism, reinforced by future technological...

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