What the Archdruid said
[P]olitics are subject to rules very different from the implacable mathematics of petroleum depletion and net energy. At some point in the not too distant future, the political system of the United States of America is going to tip over into explosive crisis, and at that time ideas that are simply talking points today have at least a shot at being enacted into public policy. That’s exactly what happened at the beginning of the three previous cycles of anacyclosis [definition*] I traced out in a previous post in this series. In 1776, 1860, and 1933, ideas that had been on the political fringes not that many years beforehand redefined the entire political dialogue, and in all three cases this was possible because those once-fringe ideas had been widely circulated and widely discussed, even though most of the people who circulated and discussed them never imagined that they would live to see those ideas put into practice.
Yes, it's about time:
1860 - 1776 = 84
1933 - 1860 = 73
2013 - 1933 = 80
Very interesting post on "the commons." Can the market state manage a "commons" successfully? I doubt it. Readers?
NOTE * I"m very dubious about this framework. Wallerstein and Arrighi seem to have gotten hold of the right end of the stick.