According to a new study funded by NASA, inequality will lead to the collapse of Western civilization. The study by National Science Foundation’s Safa Motesharrei, funded by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, stated, “Two important features seem to appear across societies that have collapsed: the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity and the economic stratification of society into Elites and Masses.” The study continued:
[C]ollapse is difficult to avoid....Elites grow and consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society…. [a] brief overview of collapses demonstrates not only the ubiquity of the phenomenon, but also the extent to which advanced, complex and powerful societies are susceptible to collapse.
The study, which relied on the so-called HANDY formula (Human and Nature DYnamical), found that birth rates, resources, and income inequality were contributing factors in the decline of civilizations. The only way to avoid the coming apocalypse, according to the study authors:
Collapse can be avoided, and population can reach a steady state at the maximum carrying capacity, if the rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed equitably.