Why are population and energy/resources never mentioned ? 1) The population in productive societies went from 1 billion in 1980 to 7 billions. It takes time to adapt and grow the economies. 2) GDP growth requires energy and resources. Increasing oil production 7x is impossible. The result of this is the rebalancing of wealth (collapsing middle class in developed countries) as we cannot grow developing countries fast enough. I don't see what socialism and worker coops will change. The global average GDP per capita is lower than a Foxconn worker in China (among the best paid workers in China).