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Exploring the Scale Issues

Histories of the rise and fall of civilizations (Taintner, 1988; Diamond, 2005) point out that the causes of the declines and disappearances of prior societies lay in those society’s refusals to give up old habits and ideas that worked in the past. Big ideas get things done, but they change slowly, sometimes too slowly for societies to adapt to changing realities. Political histories also point out the roles of small elites who have vested interests in the status quo, and the influence they bring to bear in maintaining the old habits.

It should be noted that there is no consensus about sustainable scale, which is a major reason for this website. For a discussion of various critiques of the concept, and responses, see Dialogue with the Skeptics.

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