In the American agricultural surplus, we behold a very different kind of surplus from that which was gathered by the lash in Mesopotamia 6,000 years ago.
It is a true granary-bursting physical surplus--it may be taken as symbolic of the surpluses generated elsewhere and everywhere in our industrial system. From these surpluses our economy adds to its capital at no visible cost to current consumption, maintains a vast military establishment, and still accumulates unsold inventories that periodically throttle its channels of distribution.
...The industrial surplus is the opposite of the scarcity surplus--it is abundance.Gerard Piel,The Acceleration Of History
Gerard Piel believed strongly that the entire world should participate and share in the benefits of scientific enterprise. For that reason, he aggressively sought partners outside the U.S. to publish Scientific American in other countries and languages.Scientificamerican.com