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  •  What would we be like if we invested trillions? (3+ / 0-)
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    I think the problem is that the rarified atmosphere of the upper floor environments in the tall bank buildings in the major cities is a world apart.  

    The people there all have truly great educations from places like Harvard, The Sorbonne, Stanford, etc. and mostly only talk to other people who are world travelers who regularly go see plays on Broadway.  

    The world map is in front of them and they think in terms of it being a game board where trillions of dollars in investments can be placed.  

    How can most of us, who are doing good to maintain a small amount of savings and might have some money market funds identify with these people?  How do we get a handle on the risks that they pose for the rest of us?

    Most of these people don't consult the people they might rub elbows with at a lunch counter or on a commuter bus.  

    Your congressman, if he meets such people, is most likely very impressed.  The lobbyists that spend a lot of money interacting with congress and with each state legislature are all great, wonderful, impressive people.  

    It isn't purely the money.  There is a world there that speaks of the ultimate attainments of the university system, or the broader international culture, of ultimate human potential.  

    That is what is beguiling.  I think to fail to understand that is to fail to discern where to engage in the argument that must be had about the nature of our civilization and how to create a future that is equitable for all humans.  

    A lot is going to have to change.  We now live in a world that is different from the world we inhabited 50 years ago.  Many people don't realize that.  

    The main factor is really the population size.  50 years ago, the population reached 3 billion.   We have been adding another billion about every decade.  

    As we continue that path, we are faced with stark realities that will be really difficult to deal with if we don't learn to figure out what to think about them.  

    I suspect that the Bush tax cuts represent a withdrawal from the rest of society behind a gated community fence, and that the proposed solution to the larger population and the problems associated is to retreat behind armed barriers
    and obscured remoteness.  

    The better solution is to figure out how, as a whole species, we can deal with our economics and our resource distribution and with regulating our population.  

    I think those will be the challenges that we, as a civilization must master over the next 50 years and which will be the test of civilization itself.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:17:37 AM PDT

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