A NASA-funded study claims that Western civilization is on the brink of a massive Roman Empire-style collapse due to the “economic stratification of society into Elites and Masses.”
Societies throughout history that have allowed this stratification to occur have always been destroyed, the study finds.
“Two important features seem to appear across societies that have collapsed,” reads the study. “The stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity and the economic stratification of society into Elites and Masses.”
In unequal societies, researchers said, “collapse is difficult to avoid…. Elites grow and consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society.”
As limited resources and decreasing quality of life plague the working class, the Elites, insulated from the problem, “continue consuming unequally” and make the issue worse, the study said.
If this pattern sounds familiar, it is because we are living in the most unequal era in history in terms of wealth distribution. And the U.S. is the richest – and most unequal – country in the world. According to the NASA study formula, a collapse is overdue.