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  • There's a lot of subjective good/bad news out there, but riddle me this Batman:

    (1) How are we going to feed 10B people in the year 2050? How about \d\dB people in the year 2100? What's going to stop the population explosion? Mass famine and disease?

    And as an afterthought in case we figure out #1: (2) In a world of unbridled globalization and specialization how do you avoid massive rifts between rich and poor? I know humanity never has, and arguably much of the world is better wealth distributed than it used to be, but aren't we sliding the wrong direction again over the last few decades? Seems the Robber Barons are back (and I'm one of them?)...

    Seems to me those are massive problems that have only worsened in my lifetime. Not that I'm a buzzkill or anything. -grin-
    • The best thing we can do to feed people is to help spread democracy and capitalism. Note that there's not famine in Zimbabwe because they don't have natural resources or able bodies, but because a dictator has created a terrible political situation that has resulted in severe depression. The solution for famine there is to get rid of Mugabe, get a democracy in there, and use institutions like the World Bank to help get private enterprise going.

      Not that it doesn't bring its own problems, but it's the best