Welcome to the Bumpy Plateau

News reports about shortages are coming in just about every day. Every sector of the economy seems to have been affected. Some of the shortages can be attributed to panic buying -toilet paper last year and gasoline in the past few weeks both come to mind immediately -but others are exposing deeper flaws in our economy, from the way our supply chains are structured to our demand for insatiable, unceasing growth on a planet that, last time…