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Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 255

Yes, Malthus will pretty much always be wrong.

Prosperity causes fewer children. Fewer children lower population growth rates.

To the point where in the most prosperous parts of the planet (US, the EU, China (for different reasons, but the prosperity part is coming along there)), population growth rates are negative absent immigration.

If the entire world were raised to EU standards of living, population would decline to rather lower than current populations, and stay there forever....

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 2) 135

The US is the only highly developed nation without national universal health coverage as a human right. Here in the US it is much more important for insurance companies to be highly profitable than it is to take care of everyone.

And do you know why we don't have a National Health System?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the EEEVIL Insurance Companies, and a great deal to do with a piece of government interference in the marketplace that happened before most of us were born (probably before a lot of our parents were born.

Once upon a time, there was a War. It was so big it was commonly referred to as a "World War". Specifically, it was World War Two.

In that war, the government pretty much took control of the economy, so as to make the "armored cars and tanks and jeeps and rigs of every size" that were needed to fight that war. Part of this was "wage and price controls".

Now, wage and price controls were arguably necessary. We were fighting a war, after all. But it became impossible to hire talent, since you couldn't offer them more money to work for you (wage controls, remember?).

Then some bright guy started offering company-paid health insurance as a fringe benefit not covered by the wage controls. By the time the war was over, health insurance as a fringe benefit (at the professional level) was pretty well entrenched. And it's been getting more entrenched in society every year.

Frankly, a National Health System is needed. But blasting that particular fringe benefit out of existence is going to be a royal pain, and likely take a long time and probably a long period of a really crappy economy (think Great Depression Part Deux)....

Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 3, Insightful) 56

But sixty years into the space age, progress is slow.

SIxty years into the railroad age, we were still using rather primitive steam locomotives.

Forty years later, the early automobiles were on the roads (such roads as existed).

Fifty years after that, we were taking our cars to the airport....

Comment Re:How Would That Help? (Score 2) 274

OK, so how about offering some good, constructive and effective ideas to deal with the problem? As far as I can see, with the problems we are facing: terrorism, unsustainable growth, climate change etc - we don't have the option of not making any sacrifices at all.

So, why should I offer ideas to deal with someone else's problems thousands of miles away?

I should also note that I disagree with your list of insurmountable problems.

That said...

As to things like the Paris incident, it occurs to me to wonder how easy it would have been to wander through a crowded venue shooting people at random if some of those people had been armed themselves...

Climate change is easy to deal with - issue licenses (and money, if needed), to build a nuclear power plant to replace every coal plant on the planet. Then issue more licenses (and money) as needed to allow replacement of gasoline burning automobiles with Teslas for everyone.

Unsustainable growth? How about just raising everyone's standard of living to match the EU/USA? Both of those places are negative population growth absent immigration. And all the evidence shows that the best way to slow population growth is to make people prosperous enough that they don't need to crank out babies to make ends meet.

Easy to do? Not really. It'll take a century to sort out the prosperity thing, more or less. The Nukes are a 20 year solution, but could be started tomorrow if we were willing to pay the price (seems to me that half the DoD's budget would cover the costs for the Western Hemisphere, but the EU would have to come up with the money for the Eastern Hemisphere). The guns? Change a few laws, and deal....

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?