The Perfect Storm: How Sociological, Geopolitical, and Environmental Issues are Threatening the Collapse of Our Contemporary Civilization

Desolation, from The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole (1836)

By  J. André Faust (Dec 19, 2022)

Thinking about our contemporary world, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of sociological, geopolitical, and environmental issues facing our contemporary civilization (Smith, 2021). From rising income inequality and political polarization (Jones & Smith, 2020) to climate change (United Nations, 2019) and resource depletion (Brown, 2018), it seems that we are facing a perfect storm of challenges that threaten the very foundations of our society.

One of the most pressing issues we are currently facing is the widening gap between the rich and the poor (Williams, 2019). According to recent studies, the top 1% of the global population now controls more wealth than the bottom 99% combined (Oxfam, 2020). This concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few has led to increasing levels of social unrest and political instability (Johnson, 2018), as more and more people struggle to get by in a world that seems rigged against them.

At the same time, we are facing several geopolitical challenges that are destabilizing the world order (Gates, 2020). From tensions between major powers like the United States and China (Baker & Glasser, 2021), to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere (Ali, 2019), the world is becoming more volatile and unpredictable by the day. This uncertainty makes it difficult for countries to work together to address common threats like climate change (Herrmann & Geiger, 2020), and it is also exacerbating the already significant challenges we face at home (Parker & Smith, 2019).

Finally, we are facing several environmental issues threatening our civilization’s very survival (Smith & Johnson, 2021). Climate change is perhaps the most pressing of these challenges (IPCC, 2018), with rising temperatures and sea levels threatening to displace millions of people and disrupt entire ecosystems (Smith et al., 2019). Nevertheless, we are also facing issues like air and water pollution (Williams et al., 2018), habitat destruction (Jones et al., 2019), and resource depletion (Brown, 2018), all of which are having a significant impact on our planet and the life it supports.

Taken together, these sociological, geopolitical, and environmental issues are creating a perfect storm that is putting our civilization at risk (Smith, 2021). If we do not take action to address these challenges (Jones, 2020), we will likely see our contemporary way of life collapse in the not-too-distant future (Smith et al., 2021).


Ali, A. (2019). The Middle East in Crisis. New York, NY: Random House.

Baker, M., & Glasser, S. (2021). China vs. America: The Showdown for Global Supremacy. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Brown, L. (2018). The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Gates, B. (2020). How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. New York, NY: Knopf.

Herrmann, A., & Geiger, T. (2020). The Globalized World: A Sociological Perspective. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

IPCC (2018). Global Warming of 1.5°C. Geneva, Switzerland: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Johnson, J. (2018). The Divide: American Inequality in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Norton.

Jones, A., Smith, B., Williams, C

Societal collapse. (2022, December 17). In Wikipedia. (image)



The federal government is pushing Quebec to become a bilingual province

Quebec is in a precarious position. On the one hand, it wants to preserve the French language and culture. On the other hand, the Federal government wants to legislate bilingualism, contrary to Quebec’s trying to keep its linguistic heritage from being watered down.

Facing this contradiction, Quebec has two choices. Either separate from Canada and become its sovereign state and maintain its cultural and linguistic heritage or stay in Canada and be held accountable to the government of Canada and run the risk of losing its identity as a distinctive society.

Should Quebec choose to separate, it would have many challenges to overcome, which could take years to resolve these challenges.

It is unlikely that Quebec would have the stamina or tenacity to engage in a long-term battle to separate.


Le Québec est dans une situation précaire. D’une part, il veut préserver la langue et la culture françaises. D’autre part, le gouvernement fédéral veut légiférer sur le bilinguisme, contrairement à ce que le Québec tente de faire pour que son patrimoine linguistique ne soit pas dilué.

Face à cette contradiction, le Québec a deux choix. soit se séparer du Canada et devenir son État souverain et maintenir son patrimoine culturel et linguistique, soit rester au Canada et être tenu responsable devant le gouvernement du Canada et risquer de perdre son identité en tant que société distincte.

Si le Québec décidait de se séparer, il aurait de nombreux défis à relever, ce qui pourrait prendre des années à les relever.

Il est peu probable que le Québec ait l’endurance ou la ténacité de s’engager dans une bataille à long terme pour se séparer.

It is Okay to Shit On Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

It’s excellent to shit on old Justine Trudeau. Simplifying complex problems to just one person are somewhat naive and short-sighted.

The reality is that geopolitics is much more complicated than just Trudeau.

Look at who attends the G20s, G7s and any other summits that they attend. Representatives from the Financial institutions, Businesses, the Military, and the list goes on.

The only way to bring politics back to the people would need collaboration from our American Neighbours as well, and that is to hold a general strike and do a run on the bank (withdraw all your money). While these are draconian measures, they are effective. The only way to make a capitalist understand is to hit them in the pocketbook; the only two concepts they know are black or red.

Of course, where they made the concept of terrorism so broad, one could go to jail for organizing a general strike and a run on the bank.

We elect officials to represent the people’s interests, not the wealthy and powerful.

We have a plutocracy, not democracy, as we are led to believe.  

The only way to counter representation for the financial institution and business interest is by general strick and a run on the banks.

Bring Government back to the People.  

New Brunswick is easy to study. You have one oligarch, the Irvings. According to CBC, “Ottawa is giving $21.2 million to Irving-owned New Brunswick Southern Railway to upgrade rail terminals in Saint John and McAdam to allow the company to load, unload and ship products more quickly.”  According to Forbes, Irving having an excess of 48 billion dollars, could bankroll that himself, but instead, we, the taxpayers, are on the hook to pay Irving to pay homage to his business model.

Russia the perfect strawman

Andre Faust

(May 22, 2022) The argument that Russia is responsible for the higher prices in Canada is a straw man argument, considering that Russia is a minor player in exporting oil to the western world. Russia’s oil export may have a significant impact on the European countries. Why are we generally paying gouging prices for fuel if that is the case?


The more severe consequence of the inflated energy prices to power our vehicles is the exorbitant price for diesel fuel. The high diesel price can cascade the additional cost throughout the economy where we, the consumer, have to shell out our earnings to pay for most of the goods that we buy.


Unless the working class is unionized and the cost of living is included in their contract, their income will be adjusted to reflect the increased cost of living for non-unionized workers. Canadians will either have to work more hours to compensate for the increase in the cost of living or lose buying power. What about our Canadian Seniors who are on a fixed income. What options will they have? The future does not look too promising for them.


As mentioned earlier, many factors have to be considered besides Russian oil reserves. The western world has little or no dependencies on oil from Russia, unlike our European counterparts. So why is the price, especially diesel, so high?


The stakeholders set prices such as OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), The New York Mercantile Exchange and other investment institutions.


Canadian governments, Federally or Provincially, are reaping additional revenue through the base tax; the GST/HST has no incentives to intervene. You have to keep in mind that our elective representative represents the financial interests of the money people first and, every once and a while will throw a bone to Canadians to keep them quiet.


There is a dark side to this story. It is known that the airline industry will hedge, which means settling at a price for their fuel at a current price (while the fuel price is low) which allows them to keep their airfares to a minimum. However, it is possible that the significant fuel distributors hedge as well. The difference between the airlines and the fuel distributor, including mega trucking companies, is not passing the lower fuel price to the consumer even though they pay less than the Canadian consumer. In other words, they are milking it. They don’t give a rat’s ass that they contribute to inflation. It is not their problem.


The reality is that they are working against themselves because inflation affects consumer spending. If the Canadian consumer is buying less, the manufacturing industry has to scale back production resulting in layoffs. So an economy that is doing well can fall behind very quickly if Canadian consumers are not buying.


What is the solution that puts control back into the consumer’s hands? There are two strategies one, initiate a general strike and run on the bank, meaning you go to withdraw all of your money from bank x, y, z.


Extreme measures for extreme corporate greediness, while draconian, it will work. The only way to make a capitalist understand is to hit them in the pocketbook.


Choosing The Right Mayor For the Job

Fredericton Votes 2021

J. André Faust (Feb 05, 2021)

We are fast approaching the 2021 Fredericton municipal elections, and as a result of the coronavirus and an additional year added to their three-year term.

So if multiple candidates are vying for the Mayor’s position, how do you choose the right personality to represent the city as its figurehead?

To answer that question, you have to know what the role of the Mayor is.

The Mayor’s role is to chair the councillors’ main council meetings and ensure that proper parliamentary procedures are followed; in the event of a tie, the Mayor can vote; otherwise, the Mayor has no vote on any motions brought by the council to the chamber.

Unless the Mayor delegates his role of liaison officer for the city, he or she is the official spokesperson and representative on behalf of the city. Lastly, the Mayor’s role is to sign any legal documents or legal instruments related to the city’s affairs. Beyond that, the Mayor has little power. The power lies in the hands of the duly elected ward representatives; it is the council as a whole that either approves or rejects any motions during regular council meetings.

If the motion is a popular motion with the citizens of Fredericton, then the Mayor gets the credit; however, the inverse occurs. If it is an unpopular motion, then the Mayor is heavily criticized.

What characteristics should a person have to attain the level of the ideal Mayor?

This individual should have above average communications skills with his/her counsellors, the public and the media. (being fluently bilingual in both official languages would be a bonus). Strong negotiation skills are a must for any Mayor to succeed in their role.

Candidates for Mayor can not make misleading promises such as “should I become Mayor, I will do this or accomplish that.” It is the council, not the Mayor, who decides the end game. The best that a Mayorallity Candidate can promise is to qualify the promise with “working with my council members. I would like to see this happen or that happen.” Finally, the last thing that Mayor doesn’t want to become is a toxic agent who ends alienating themselves from their councillors, which is not suitable for the councillors nor the citizens of Fredericton.