Category Archives: Politics

Who should be held responsible for global poverty?

Who should be held responsible for global poverty? [ 26/Jan/21 ] Why would you think that anyone should be “held responsible”? Isn’t that a rather hubristic notion? Isn’t it much more likely that it is the ignorance of each and … Continue reading

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Lifeboat discussion on The Biggest Threats To Human Existence

[ 26/Jan/21 Facebook – Lifeboat Foundation] The list given of “The Biggest Threats To Human Existence” seems to me to be a very strange mix of categories. Nuclear war Bioengineered pandemic Artificial Intelligence Nanotechnology Extraterrestial Super volcanoes Food supply Weather … Continue reading

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Quora – How do I address global inequality?

How do I address global inequality? [ 18/Jan/21 ] As others have noted, the problem is not inequality – that is a given – real complexity contains diversity – always. The problem is insufficiency – NOT inequality. Giving everyone what … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories

How can a society de-program/reintegrate people who have gone down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole? [ 12/1/21 ] What do you mean? If you want people generally to stop looking for conspiracies, and to start generally trusting, then you need … Continue reading

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Reinventing democracy

London Futurists – Reinventing democracy [ 12/11/20 ] As the complexity of the issues we face grows, and the gulf between levels of understanding present also grows, and the ability of AI systems to exploit levels of unconscious bias grows, … Continue reading

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Quora – Why can’t all people in the world forget about differences and unite as human beings?

Why can’t all people in the world forget about differences and unite as human beings? [ 30/10/20 ] Wrong question. Not possible. It is not a matter of forgetting differences. It is a matter of accepting and valuing both our … Continue reading

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Quora – Why is capitalism good for the environment?

Why is capitalism good for the environment? [ 29/10/20 ] Why would you think that it is? Isn’t the evidence sufficiently clear that capitalism, left to its own internal set of incentive structures, is self terminating. We are the most … Continue reading

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Is socialism the future of our civilization?

Is socialism the future of our civilization? [ 18/10/20 ] If by socialism you mean a system where all property is owned by the group as a whole, then no – such a centrally controlled system is open to multiple … Continue reading

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Global or National

Which do you believe would be more advantageous to you as an individual and to the country in general, to go global or to focus and improve your country’s own? [ 5/10/20] It is not an either or question.The best … Continue reading

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Covid and response

[ 2/10/20 Mischele’s Facebook rant about response to covid and withdrawing from the UN] No! Certainly – we need to respect individual rights, and individual lives; and that demands multiple levels of responsibility from each and every one of us, … Continue reading

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