The 1970s were a turbulent time, not unlike today, with American seemingly on the decline and the world poised for its own self-destruction. The prophets of gloom were all over the air waves and in the print media predicting doom and Armageddon for the human race. Their claims look ridiculous today, after the likes of Norman Borlaug, the boom in natural resources and gas and oil, and the growth in world-wide prosperity. Betting against humans has rarely been a successful wager. The doomsdayers of today will likewise be proven wrong thirty years later.