May 27, 2005
Tripping on the badness
You know, after a while it just gets depressing that so many many people seem to get high off of the "imminent collapse of our way of life".
And it is such a full-spectrum kind of thing - from people who think that:
- the military is building Earthquake-inducing weapons (See also Conspiracy Theory - Movie)
- we're going to completely run out of energy and 5 billion people are going to die off (read comments) (Hah!)
- we aren't living longer (monkyboy in comments) - (here's the actual data- not as much as I would like, but still some increase)
- income growth in the bottom quintile is essentially zero. (really - see second table - not as much as I would like, but still growth.)
The point is - yes there are challenges for us. But for God's sake, we are not, by any stretch of the imagination, in any sort of imminent crisis. There will be bad things that happen. I am not at all happy with the complacency that many Americans show towards educating their children. But that does not make it a crisis. If oil were to hit $100 a barrel, that would suck. But it would make other energy sources more economically viable. I swear, so many people out there seem convinced that capitalist swine will sell their own mothers into slavery to make a buck, but apparently not a single one of them will be able to build a business on providing alternatives to expensive oil.
The "capitalism is going to fail and send the world into a thousand years of misery" porn is getting really, really old. All the more so because most every indicator I can find indicates that between new research on energy, new technologies for manufacturing, breakthroughs in genetics and nanontechnology, we are just now entering an age where things will get much, much better.
Posted by jb at May 27, 2005 08:25 AM
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