Defending our Civilization Exorcising the ghost of Malthus Geo-strategic issues Moving civilization forward

A note on technology-driven economic long waves (aka, the ghost of “Kondratiev” roars)

Nikolai Kondratiev was a Russian economist in the 1930’s who was shot by Stalin on September 17, 1938, because he had the integrity and courage to say the economic crisis of that decade, on statistical evidence, was largely a generation(s) length cyclical oscillation; not the Crisis of Capitalism leading to global Socialist Revolution that Marxist Read More…

Culture Energy Engineering Exorcising the ghost of Malthus Geo-strategic issues Moving civilization forward

Energy transformation vs. the ghost of Malthus

Our civilisation is haunted by the ghost of the Rev. Thomas Malthus. His core vision of resource exhaustion and population crashes haunts our imaginations. As BBC profiles in brief: Malthus’ most well known work ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’ was published in 1798, although he was the author of many pamphlets and other Read More…

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The FFC -Cambridge (Metalysis) Metal . . . esp. Ti . . . reduction process

This video summarises a direct, molten salt based electro-reduction process for metals, especially Titanium: (Titanium, of course, is a rather abundant but hard to win “super-metal.” See Wiki here for a more detailed summary. The process extends to other metals and of course turns on having abundant electrical energy.) Let me add an illustration of Read More…