Modern Problems

There’s a smart argument that America’s biggest problem isn’t Donald Trump, isn’t ISIS or North Korea, isn’t poverty, but is inequality.
- Email from Nicholas Kristof, Inequality Drives All Primates Nuts, NYTimes.com/Kristof, Saturday, June 3, 2017

Keith Payne, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tells of this research in a brilliant new book, “The Broken Ladder,” about how inequality destabilizes societies. ...
The data on inequality is, of course, staggering. The top 1 percent in America owns more than the bottom 90 percent. ... And what’s becoming clearer is the fraying of the social fabric that results.
Payne challenges a common perception that the real problem isn’t inequality but poverty....
- Nicholas Kristof, What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Fairness, NYT, JUNE 3, 2017

What's clear is that our ecosystem is being rapidly degraded, not only by increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 (acidification of the oceans will be more significant than climate change), but also by other sources of human-generated pollution, for example synthetic organics, plastics, nanoparticles, etc. which end up in the food chain and water supplies. The results of this contamination are almost certainly dire for human health and reproduction. Most importantly, the root cause of all environmental problems due to humans is overpopulation. As the global population grows from 7.5 to some 10 billion this century, accompanied by rapidly increasing consumerism and modernization, there will be no magical solutions to our ongoing environmental disaster.
- RC, Comment on How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science by CORAL DAVENPORT and ERIC LIPTON, NYT, JUNE 3, 2017

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