View Poll Results: Which of these would do the most good for the world?

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  • Providing everyone in the world with access to clean water

    8 10.13%
  • Providing everyone in the world with enough nutritious food

    4 5.06%
  • Providing everyone in the world with free, high-quality K-12 education

    6 7.59%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to Western-quality health care

    1 1.27%
  • Providing everyone in the world with access to information and communication (e.g. the internet)

    0 0%
  • Bringing peace, stability, and safety to every part of the world

    18 22.78%
  • Bringing democracy and freedom to every part of the world

    3 3.80%
  • Developing a clean, cheap source of energy that could be produced and distributed anywhere

    12 15.19%
  • Developing an effective, efficient transportation infrastructure in all parts of the world

    0 0%
  • Other (please describe)

    27 34.18%
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Thread: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Overpopulation... by FAR the biggest problem.


    1. If every man woman and child on the planet woke up tomorrow and found themselves living in an American suburb, that suburb would take up.... Texas, and Oklahoma.

    2. We could literally feed the entire world off of the food produced just in the United States.

    3. Declining birthrates over the past 5-6 decades in China, Japan, Russia, and the West mean that we are headed into an era where many of our largest nations will see declining populations.


    Malthus is no more right in the 21st Century than he was in the 20th or the 19th.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Without peace, stability and safety, none of the other things could ever be provided or accomplished. That has to be the beginning before anything else can be done on a global basis.
    I'll go with this one if the peace is truly universal, e.g. people of one religion and those of another in one city accepting each other peacefully and men not raping women.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post


    1. If every man woman and child on the planet woke up tomorrow and found themselves living in an American suburb, that suburb would take up.... Texas, and Oklahoma.

    2. We could literally feed the entire world off of the food produced just in the United States.

    3. Declining birthrates over the past 5-6 decades in China, Japan, Russia, and the West mean that we are headed into an era where many of our largest nations will see declining populations.


    Malthus is no more right in the 21st Century than he was in the 20th or the 19th.
    The problem with overpopulation is in its increased energy consumption demands.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Wow! I actually did know she wasn't happy with them but I did not know she despised them! Thanks for the link.

    Regardless of her feelings for them, it doesn't stop the Libertarians from admiring her works and, as she herself put it, plagiarizing her ideas.
    Don't tell that to Empirica though, she thinks Ayn Rand "only" disliked Libertarians because they were harmful for capitalism.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    The problem with overpopulation is in its increased energy consumption demands.



    There is more oil in the Rocky Mountains alone than there is in Saudi Arabia.

    Every Year the amount of oil we can access increases. Ditto for Natural Gas. Ditto for all those "alternatives" folks are working on. The supply of energy total is not a concern for the simple enough reason that it is limited only by human ingenuity.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post



    There is more oil in the Rocky Mountains alone than there is in Saudi Arabia.

    Every Year the amount of oil we can access increases. Ditto for Natural Gas. Ditto for all those "alternatives" folks are working on. The supply of energy total is not a concern for the simple enough reason that it is limited only by human ingenuity.
    And the EPA.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Hey I know, I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just saying that the new Malthusianism is based on energy consumption and not wages.
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It's not really that it's overpopulated, but that we have pulled all the natural stops to overpopulation- some through technology, and others through dominance by emotions. It's not that these emotional motives are bad, it's just that they tend to ignore the reality of limited resources.
    Agreed. Overpopulation is not an issue if technology can be used effectively but I simply DO NOT see that happening. With fragmented governments and racism and all the other issues out there it makes overpopulation and the pollution attributed to it a massive and real issue.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post

    1. If every man woman and child on the planet woke up tomorrow and found themselves living in an American suburb, that suburb would take up.... Texas, and Oklahoma.
    Yeah, if every woman, man and child on the planet found themselves in a suburb, we'd probably need a few more earths to supply them with the amount of **** Americans waste their money on yearly.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem facing humanity?

    Evil is the biggest problem facing humanity, individuals and countries succumb to it's temptations all to often.

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