- In a three part interview, I found myself astounded by
author Michael Folkerth's book: "THE BIGGEST LIE EVER BELIEVED."
He epitomizes a humorous economist and the "King of Simple."
- His book presents irrefutable logic that this nation
cannot continue growing for the long term. We must face the facts of our
limited continent. We must come to terms with not being able to extract
five quarts of water out of a one gallon jug!
- "I constantly attempt to create analogies that represent
our system of ever expanding economic growth and the impossibility of continuing
the same," Folkerth said. "Growth is not the answer; it's the
- "I have been a guest speaker on many national radio
programs, and relate well to the expression 'carrying capacity' that erupts
in the media from time to time."
- Carrying capacity
- Folkerth continued, "My experience with the term
"carrying capacity" is that of western ranches. Having owned
and sold ranches in Western Colorado for many years, the first question
that a perspective buyer will ask is, "What's the carrying capacity?"
- "In the instance of a ranch, "carrying capacity"
refers to the number of cattle that the resources of the ranch will support
on a year around basis.
- "Say that number was 200 head of mother cows and
their offspring. That means the feed, water, landmass, and handling facilities
will support these numbers as a contained unit.
- "Now say that we add 50 mother cows to the mix without
expanding our holdings. What would happen? You may think that 50 cows and
calves would starve, but that isn't true. All of the cows and calves would
starve as would the ranch owners!
- All of the cows and calves would starve as would
the ranch owners
- "Here's why. As the cattle eat the feed, they will
do so as a unit, each satisfying their necessary intake of hay. In our
example, we added 50 cows or 25 percent more than the carrying capacity.
Therefore all of the cattle will eat their fill for 75 percent of the year
or nine months.
- "During these nine months, everything would appear
to be going fine and the cattle would be fat and healthy. However, come
the 10th month, feed wouldn't slowly diminish; it would be totally absent,
having consumed 100 percent of carrying capacity in the first nine months.
The cattle would now all be without feed and all would starve. The rancher,
now with 250 dead cows and calves, would also be ruined.
- Growing ourselves into the same fate
- "So why as humans can we not see the very real fact
that we are grooming ourselves for the same fate? We have finite resources,
but continue to expand infinitely. I promise you that it is no different
than the above example of the cows.
- "The U.S. grows our population exponentially each
year with legal, and ignored illegal immigration as a means of maintaining
our consumption based economy, but our land and resources remain the same
size. It won't work.
- Examples abound but we don't listen
- "As an example of the pending resource depletion,
we now find ourselves having to import 75 percent of our oil from foreign
nations (the U.S . hit peak oil in 1970) and we borrow some $3 Billion
per day from the Chinese, Japanese, East Indians, Arab nations, and others,
to keep our false economy alive."
- "We import some $700 billion more in products than
we export. We also suffer the second largest untaxed underground economy
in the world that sends $80 billion in cash transfers back to home countries,
annually. We pay over $400 million daily for interest on our $9 trillion
- "As the remainder of the developing world consumes
resources at ever greater rates, the U.S. position will continue to weaken,"
Folkerth said. "Americans represent approximately 4.8 percent of world
population and consume some 25 percent of global fuel and 30 percent of
- What about the other 95.2 percent of the folks on earth
- "The other 95.2 percent of the folks on earth now
want their fair share and often, their sovereign owned, natural resources.
Do the math! If China alone consumed at the same rate as Americans, there
would be no resources left on earth for any other country.
- "The cornerstone of the U.S. economy is growth.
More people, more consumption, more imported goods, is the premise under
which we operate. After digesting the above information; how long do you
think our economic growth model will work going forward? Scary, huh?"
- Folkerth has a powerful message GROWTH is the problem
- Reading Folkerth's book provides a foundation for a new
awakening for the United States. He said, "We must move to a more
sustainable economic model. Growth is not the answer, it remains the problem."
- You may use the 'carrying capacity' model for a ranch
or city or state or country. Better yet, you can use it for our finite
globe. It does not fail in the final analysis. The failure comes from a
finite piece of land being overwhelmed by any species past the 'carrying
capacity.' You've heard of deer populations crashing. Even today, human
populations crash or live in unheard-of misery all over the planet. For
the United States, it's only a matter of time and growth.
- "Growth" proves the most dangerous word of
the 21st century.
- "This is about the future of our country, our kids
and grandkids. We the people have to rise up to make sure things get changed."
David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States of America made
this statement on "60 Minutes" March 4, 2007.
- "THE BIGGEST LIE EVER TOLD"
- Author: Mike Folkerth
- ISBN # 0-9779965-3-0
- Publisher: Lifetime Chronicle Press
- Available: <http://www.kingofsimple.com/>www.kingofsimple.com
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