Japan to become neo-medieval?
Kunstler in his yesterday column writes: “all of which points to the likelihood that Japan will become the first advanced industrial nation to bid sayonara to modernity and return to a neo-medieval socio-economic model of daily life.” Kunstler has earlier acknowledged that the days of globalism are over in the long run in the light of resource depletion, first and foremost oil. It is ironic that it had been the US that in 1854 under commodore Matthew Perry had forced Japan to open up for world trade. Before that Japan always had been a closed, read nationalist society, that did not need combustion engines to keep it’s society going. The only contact Japan had with the West up until 1854 was with the Dutch on the small island of Desima.
Now it looks like the total desaster caused by this flawed Westinghouse-Toshiba reactor in Fukushima will reverse the US actions of 1854 and 1945. But before that happens, Japan will put an extra big strain on the already tight global oil-market by replacing it’s nuclear generated electricity with oil. In 1985 the US were afraid that Japan might overtake the US economy (book: The Fifth Generation Computer: The Japanese Challenge). Nothing of the sort happened. Now Japan might be the first country to leave the US lead globalist system. In the end all will follow. As it had been fossil fuels that had enabled the rise of globalism in the twentieth century, it will be fossil fuel depletion that will reverse this process.