Considering that it was published in one of the more respected and conservative of papers, the London Times, this article is shockingly on-point, well written, and wide-ranging:
Waiting for the Lights to Go Out
Here's a short quote: "If Huebner and Jones are right, our problem goes way beyond Windows. For if innovation is the engine of economic progress — and almost everybody agrees it is — growth may be coming to an end. Since our entire financial order — interest rates, pension funds, insurance, stock markets — is predicated on growth, the social and economic consequences may be cataclysmic."
Not a new article (October, 2005), but I just noticed the link today at The Oil Drum. An excellent read--it may not cover much new ground, but it is a very accessible synopsis of the problems that humanity is facing. My only complaint is that it doesn't mention Joseph A. Tainter's "Collapse of Complex Societies," which if you haven't read, go buy a copy TODAY.