A concise summary by another open-eyed, open-minded human, I admire the writing, clarity of thought and analogy. Would like to now read his follow-up about the solution to the quandary, the problem being very well outlined by very many since the cold water in the face moment of 2001.
The richest vein in the history of predatory mining is just about played out. A gigantic mine engages in every conceivable destructive practice-strip mining, heap leaching, tailings dams and ponds and so on. It pays such low wages its workers only make ends meet by borrowing from the company at usurious rates.