I have a tendency to read stuff that agrees with my preconceived notions.
But then, I go back and look at the presuppositions that led me to where I stand. The green revolution and it's effects. The rapid increase in oil production and usage. The incredible population explosion. Degradation of fisheries. Pollution.
You see, the way that I see it is that we gotta go through storm times in a big way. Things are horribly out of balance and our super-sized American dreams and expectations aren't going to make it though the fire of this particular forge.
The scariest part that I see that we will be facing is the reaction of the spoiled children that make up the population. When the three-day supplies run out at the Piggley Wiggley and the general population is looking at a bag of rice and some questionable hamburger, are they going to recognize it as food or will they go out a "demonstrating" until they get something that is packaged properly?
I guess that what makes me akin to the other folks here in the tin foil hat fringe is that I don't see us going back. The way of complexity is a failed path, but the way of simplicity is a much narrower one that will allow many fewer fellow travelers.
So I guess I will read those that say there are a bright future, hoping that they have somehow created a magic potion that will provide us ease and leisure once again. But all I see out there is the same set of patent nostrums peddled by the same group of quacks that got us here.