Can't believe it. Pelagic simply poses a straightforward thought experiment
, and still some of the usual suspects can't miss an opportunity to ignore the assignment and bend the other posts into just another opportunity to blather the same old negative crap they always say. Lookin' at you, 3rd day...
- it's not about "saving the planet"... the planet will almost certainly survive us; it's about saving and advancing the human race and
as much of the planet as possible, since we won't survive without it.
- population isn't the problem (yet) . Stats show that the more developed a country becomes, the lower their birthrate. Besides, if we end up choking on our own filth... problem solved
- the ideal economic system is capitalism with guardrails: the economy must serve society
. Economic activity that doesn't improve the economy AND society should be disincentivized, restricted, or banned. Areas that require more activity (alternative power, clean-up, food
production, medicine, etc) are incentivized.
Certain areas will be deemed to be the responsibility of the state (likely list: police, education, universities, healthcare. Possibly food
production, if industry drops the ball.) and real science should get arms-length funding
to keep them away from the distortions of politics and business. These will still contain many opportunities for private enterprise as suppliers and partners.
I would consider the enrichment of the "one-percenters" as the rest of us stagnate or slip back as a pernicious form of wealth-distribution. Nonetheless I don't necessarily think there should be a limit to wealth or some form of active "redistribution". I have only one requirement, one that mirrors Reagan's promise of a rising tide that floats all boats: economic activity must be a net positive for society (the country/region/whatever). No-one should get rich on making others poorer.
In particular, the economy must have opportunities and/or support for everyone. Different countries may meet this in different ways - some with hiring rules and public projects, some will just opt to pay a subsistence wage to everyone, with employment
earnings on top of that. Some parts
are thinking about this.
So that's the framework decreed by the Great and Powerful L-E.
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Particular areas that need immediate attack and resolution:
- some difficult choices re transportation. Mass transit should be built into all urban areas, and autos disincentivized where mass transit is available. Fuel
prices should reflect the full life-cycle cost of their production and use.
- waste and inefficient packaging must be regarded as evils to be avoided. Favour reusable/recyclable packaging, and distribution methods that minimize waste.
- increased focus on cheap
low-polluting power. A number of different opportunities here. Not least - stop subsidizing oil, coal and gas!
And yes we will build a better windmill/solar panel. The technologies are still in their infancy. Many other options, too - tidal, geothermal, etc.
free sailboats for everyone, too.
That's enough for now, no?