I never see this question on TV. What I mainly see on Tv is talk about political strategies, result surveys and the like. Climate change is one of the few things that I see being discussed. And even that has a lot of this let's talk about politicians positions and poll results.
I want to see more about how to improve the world. Does anyone know any good on-line resources about this? Because mass media is doing a poor job. And we need them to do a better job.
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/no-shortcuts-9780190... - Jane F. McAlevey examines the difference between the ineffective activism of the last 40 years and successful movements like the Civil Rights Movement and the industrial labor movement. Her work is also explained well in this interview - https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/04/jane-mcalevey-on-how-...
Is that notable in a good way or bad way? Anything written for the population densities and totals 100 years ago is woefully out of date.
100 years ago there were homesteaders in the western US who were given free acres of land just for being there.
Population densities are higher now but Kropotkin was writing before the green revolution. Our capability to feed everyone has grown dramatically in the intervening time
The tough truth is that improving the world at that scale is mostly about politics. Politics is how the nations allocate resources to problems.
You maybe want them to talk about the technical fundamentals of the problem but the important bit is usually the politics.
[A sibling comment says to look at TED talks. This is an excellent idea. Then, after a couple of years, ask why none of the solutions have been implemented, and you are ready to get interested in the politics.]
Today, it's basically a political and economics challenge, to convince enough people it would be worth while to spend the time and effort to do it. Which is not to say there wouldn't be engineers involved, solving new problems, but we already know enough of the solutions that it's not really the sticking point now.
(Which is to agree with you, a lot of things are organizational problems at this point.)
There's a quote by (I believe) Winston Churchill - which I can't seem to find atm - that goes something along the lines of:
Winning a war/battle is relatively easy. It's convincing them to let you fight that's far more difficult.
Politics of course often leads to bad propert rights distribution and limitations to trade.
But I prefer this definition because in many places de-facto property tights are privatly enforced and defended and its produce is not effected by state level politics.
You overall point is certainly true, bad governance leads to a lack of food.
That's a hard pill to swallow, but I fear you're right.
Shouldn't government's priorities be establishing rule of law, courts & justice, national defense, and regulating commerce? How did massive taxes, a huge budget, and political fights over resource allocation ever get thrown into the mix?
A historian once said that democracy fails when people begin voting themselves into the nation's purse [i.e. voting for politicians who promise them money].
That’s an oft-repeated but incorrect trope. You can’t save your way to being rich. Rich people are either born rich or they spend lots of money on investing into businesses (their own and others).
You also made no supporting argument for why the government is needed to decide what to spend some peoples’ money on. If we eliminated the top 1% and gave everyone else in the US the resulting few thousand dollars each, do you think that would eliminate the need for taxation going forward?
Any system, including someone's anarcho-capitalist fantasy, determines allocation of resources. Some are just more humanitarian than others.
Though that idea was footnoted: not so with people lacking in moral virtue.
All he talks about is the problem of resource redistribution through the means of a basic income, $1000/month to every citizen!
They just chose as a couple to have her take care of her own son as a caretaker instead of her working and them hiring. That’s not a failure of the market anymore than the market not valuing my car because I refuse to sell it.
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