"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
The original affluent society is nonsensical bunk.
The fact is regardless of availability of resources primitive peoples worked sunup to sunset every day of their lives just to stay alive.
They may not have known any better way and therefore took it in stride but they lived in what would now be considered misery and poverty.
Lives were short due to never ending brutal work to get food. The never ending warfare which accompanies such ways of living. Disease and parasites not to mention no modern medicine which led to massively higher infant mortality and death from what today are minor injuries and illnesses.
The whole point of the original affluent society is to paint a picture that capitalism started poverty which is an easily proven falsehood. The idea of primitive peoples leading such idealic lives is proven revisionist fiction
That is why such counterarguments are not needed. All one needs to know is that these ideas are political beleifs and not scientific theory or studies and therefore the burden of proof is on those asserting such ideas, proof and evidence is that which they fail to provide.
They have yet to find vioable sources of these necessary resources on the moon or elsewhere. The raw materials of the asteroid belt ( which we are centuries away from being capable of exploiting ) are mainly specific minerals.
Should we start trying to find a can of Ubik?
Historical fact doesn't threaten your precious global finance capitalism.
We have more comfort and toys. We work more for it. It is what it is.
The primitive lifestyle ship has sailed. We exceeded the natural carrying capacity long ago.
Polynesians alone belie your premise. They lived in abundance. Thousands of islands and the bounty of tropical seas.
Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Would you accept cutting your retirement benefits also to pay for greater welfare benefits? A pensions is something that is earned, not just given.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
One other point worth mentioning is that the study does not specify between whether a collapse would be regional or global. Past collapses have been regional and not global in nature, though the world was not interconnected to the degree that it is today.
One can't discount the possibility that a relatively resource rich society with sufficient power to enforce its decision might not "disconnect" from the world at large. Nations have often acted in their interests and such a move would not be too far removed from the emergent concept of resource nationalism that has appeared in recent years. Already, China is slowly reducing the rare earth minerals it will permit to be exported. A more robust move to avert a collapse might entail some country's ending exports of its resources be it food, certain minerals, etc.