LET THERE BE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS
Some people, such as myself, hate mathematics with a purple passion and have a hundred and one arguments why they never have any use for the crap if they ain’t an engineer ( I theorize your brain has to be wired a certain why to either visualize or appreciate higher math ). Others, having been subjected to dull witted and dull spoken asswhore public school teachers, had history massacred for them and now hate the subject with a purple passion. I can understand that, and I also think your mind has to be wired a certain way to appreciate dissecting and connecting and enjoying the nuances of social studies. To me, it is a joy to always find another piece of the puzzle trying to see the rhythms of mankind and society. To you that could care less, I do apologize. Although I would think that settling in to become an elite lifetime subscriber Bison Loyal Minion, one would pretty much figure out the kind of stuff I love yakking on about ( for those wondering what all this has to do with survivalism, you can’t fathom the possible future without knowing the past ). I’m starting to read Ronald Wright’s “What Is America” last night and the thing is proving to be simply fascinating AND well written which is always like waking up Christmas morning at 14 years old and discovering Santa left an anatomically correct sex doll.
The Industrial Revolution, in short, was realized by Incan gold. This is nothing new, Karl Marx said as such ( not that I had ever heard it, such was my successful early anti-communist indoctrination in the military-“kill a commie for mommy” ). But besides that, New World food crops made it possible. The New World made the New World Order, as the author blithely puts it ( using the Order as in the Industrial Age, not the new One World Government ). Here’s the deal. Spain introduced smallpox into the New World. Upwards to 95% of the populations of vast agricultural empires ( in North, as well as South America ) were wiped out by this epidemic. The way cleared for Whitey ( it is postulated that the English North American east coast settlements were only possible as the new arrivals found abandoned corn storage from dead villages, then moved to surviving ones to steal more. In an effort to stop the rapine the settlers were taught to grow their own ), conquest was pretty easy ( superior metal was negligible- imagine a lone high tech tank surrounded in a field by a legion of peasants each holding a rock. They will eventually win with minimal loses to themselves as they clog up the treads and fill in the barrel, etc., then stone the starving inhabitants upon leaving the confines of their fortress ).
Gold flooded into Spain, and they decided that in the name of God they were going to kick the scrawny ass of every non-believer/not enough of a believer country around them. Hey, God gave them all this gold, right? They were NOT going to waste such a gift. This continual war brought the continent into an arms race and the northern countries advanced their armaments industry. To the point that advances in metal working and better tolerances paved the way for the eventual machines needed to build other machines for industry. Yet, that alone wouldn’t have been enough. To get to the point that machines could feed factory workers, you needed a food surplus to prime that water pump. The New World both supplied sugar, a very affordable calorie source from the Caribbean that fueled factory workers with the extra calories needed ( and you thought Americans with soda were the original “sugar diet” practitioners ), and supplied new crops that fed more people from the same land ( that would be corn and potatoes ). Tobacco paid for settlements later on, but food surplus was what met with the first machines ( cannon, muskets ) to allow coal to even have a purpose besides dirty fuel for homes. Think that set of circumstances can be duplicated after the collapse, even if there was another fuel supply?
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