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We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

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What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.

We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

Posted by Brian_Merchant
Monday, Sep 10, 2012

What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.

In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest.

The MIT Technology Review explains how CSI’s model works: “The evidence comes from two sources. The first is data gathered by the United Nations that plots the price of food against time, the so-called food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. The second is the date of riots around the world, whatever their cause.”

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We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say
Authored by: ArchStanton on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 05:17 PM CDT

Well shit, I guess I better get to the gym and bulk up quick. I guess reducing greenhouse emissions and getting food relief to people would make too much sense so we'll all just have to burn baby burn. Whatever, doods.