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The history of human progress, like the historical development of Earth’s biosphere, has demonstrated a steady increase in what Lyndon LaRouche has termed energy flux density. The margin of difference between the energy flux density requirements of the system as a whole, and the actual energy flux density expressed by given living organisms and human societies, is the determining factor in all extinction events of both living organisms and human societies. This energy flux density requirement is constantly increasing with the development of the galaxy, and of larger systems, as a whole.
In other words, human progress is not measured against some fixed backdrop called absolute time, of the sort posited by Newton and taken to absurd extremes by Laplace. Human progress is measured against the constant evolutionary development of the universe as a whole. It is a relative time, defined by the relationship among physical processes of anti-entropic development. The kind of so-called “zero growth” or “sustainable development policies” proposed by the lunatics known as environmentalists, is in reality a policy of collapse. The attempt to stop human development will result — by their own admission — in the rapid death of 5 to 6 billions of people on this planet over the course of the coming decades.
Energy would be a better concept to use than Energy-Flux-Density when making general metaphors and associations of economic principles. Energy-Flux-Density is measured by tesla's and is used for things like the cell phone network and HAARP.