How Many People Are Required To Maintain Our Current Technological Civilization?
A writer offers a contrasting view to those who propose small, self-sufficient societies.
The English writer Charlie Stross, in his blog, while pondering about the minimum number of people needed to maintain the current level of technological civilization, calls out politicians who create false nostalgia around small, self-sufficient societies and terms them as delusional.
Stross says that in today’s society, everything from machines to products are extremely complex in nature that require huge manpower with expertise in every micro-niche imaginable in their production. He compares cars made in olden days with those now running on roads: