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    may actually benefit the Eaarth and its other inhabitants, as we may use fewer resources and certainly will have less power in the long term to war on the other peoples of Eaarth.  Perhaps the structures that emerge from the ruins of our empire will be more forgiving to our ecosystem.  Chris Hedges' idea of "monastic communities," not in the religious and celibate sense but in the self-sustaining and local one, hold promise.

    But, China is an ascending empire, in many ways; and we have very little influence on what happens there.  We can only hope that the Chinese government has a long-term plan to achieve a steady-state economy.

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