I think the article was really good. The future social trends in our society are
more important than the technological advancements made. Our technology has not
rid us of despots, dictators and militant tyrants that still rule parts of our
world. We need to remember that current social behavior does drive
our future - and not all behaviors lead towards greater freedom and opportunity.
@ MontanmanIf you want to become Secretary of Commerce you should be aware
of some key facts. Corporations are not contributing to job growth and
haven't for decades. In fact, they are shedding jobs. The GAO reported
earlier last year that the effective Federal tax rate paid by large corporations
in 2010 was 12.6%, versus a nominal rate of 35%. And roughly 10% of large
companies pay no Federal tax at all. Globally, the United States is still
considered one of the best places to start a business.
Marxist, We have the highest corporate taxes in the world! Do you suppose, just
maybe, that is a big reason so many jobs are shipped overseas? Canada, for
example, has a top corporate tax rate of 16%, roughly half of the US corporate
tax rate. Now, consider if you were even thinking of investing in any business
in America, would you really risk it? Really? Obviously not many are willing to
make those investments, create jobs and who can blame them? The medium income of
Americans has fallen since Obama became our President. Why? NO decent JOBS,
period! Your government has become hostile to investment in America. Instead all
we have is more socialism with NO one to pay for the entitlements! So, we have
borrowed $17.4 trillion from our grandchildren to fund them. That is the real
@Thid Males are losing out in large part because the kinds of jobs they like -
particularly heavy industry - have been shipped out of the country. So men now
have to compete on female turf, and its a tough affair. This in turn makes it
hard for them (men) to form households and be attractive to women. This is,
BTW, much of the reason for the deteriorating family which LDS wring their hands
over. It's a real worry, but appreciate that much of it is caused by our
current version of capitalism.
It takes a fair amount of chutzpah to claim we are nowhere near
'earths' carrying capacity' and that obesity is a major health
issue today while ignoring the much larger issue of malnutrition among billions
of us, a product of grossly unequal distribution of what resources we have.
Another issue someone who thumps a conservative religious tub has to ignore is
the decimation of our middle class and the destruction of our social support
structure, now all labelled as the hated socialism. We can gut our society, but
we can't wonder why it fails after that.
Great insights! I remember the prediction of starvation from Asimov, a most
respected scientist of his day. Now we have predictions of perishing
from global warming, from our distinguished scientists. I don't think we
need to be worried about that either. We are self destructing of our
own choices to destroy the family. Global warming will fade away and not matter
compared to the challenges of an inept and spoiled generation we are raising to
care for us in our old age.
Jay makes a point that has too little attention for a long time.How
ironic that all the more typical objects of prediction (flying/driverless cars,
3D TVs, medical marvels, etc.) depend on stable, educated, energetic, productive
people to produce them, while relatively little attention is paid to importance
of fostering the institutions that produce people with those attributes. In
political parlance those things that are referred to, often dismissively, as
"Social" issues.Like the effect on a building of a crumbling
foundation, the decline in our society's valuation of family structure is
having and will increasingly have a **disastrous** effect on our civilization.
And the worst effects won't be the failure to make all the nifty gadgets so
fondly anticipated by some.
Why will some people be poor in their lives? "Boys are losing ground in
education and, by extension, the workforce. Women outnumber men as college
graduates, and the gap is widening. Uneducated young men, meanwhile, are finding
it difficult to find work that pays them enough to start a family."There in large measure, is your answer Marxist. War on women? Not at all!
Jay, a trend to which you as a conservative cannot pay any attention to, is the
increasing concentration of wealth to the upper most tier. Could you at least
acknowledge that such is going on?What will be the consequences if
this trend continues? I'll take a shot at answering that - the consequence
will be the end of our system. What comes out the other side could be better,
or a whole lot worse.