[ 8/8/20 ]
Climate change is so much easier to control than getting any significant fraction of humanity off this planet.
We have no option but to control climate change.
Technically it is not that difficult.
The real issue is far deeper than climate change, it comes down the incentive structures provided by competitive systems.
There is a common myth that markets support freedom. In the past there was some truth to that, but in the presence of fully automated systems that is most certainly not the case.
From an evolutionary perspective it is clear that all new levels of complexity are based upon new levels of cooperation. Competitive systems tend to reduce complexity to a minimum (the opposite of freedom).
Freedom and security both find their greatest expression in cooperative systems.
Cooperation is nothing like control.
Cooperation is creating sufficient connections to create and maintain coherence between complex systems.
We need systems of global cooperation, then solving climate change is easy.
And freedom demands responsibility if it is to survive. All the levels of boundary necessary to support the complexity present must be respected.
Freedom also creates diversity, which demands respect.
If our species is to survive, we must understand these systemic realities.
And unless we control our breeding rate, even getting off planet only buys us a few hundred years. We have to limit populations to the resources available, and we should be able to create habitats in nearish earth orbit to support over 100 billion people in lifestyles any of us would find interesting and fulfilling.