re: #189 The Ghost of a Flea
It will be something to see, how we work out the next few decades, because the momentum we’ve set up in our societies is going to take us to some very ugly places.
You write of India - one thing to note is that climate change will hit India hard not just because they are already well beyond the carrying capacity of the land, but because the temperatures will rise to a point where human habitation becomes quite difficult. Note that in the hottest spots here in the US - the low desert of California - have only been habitable because of massive water and cooling (electricity) infrastructure. Without these technological advances humans couldn’t live there.
It is troubling to see so many nations run after strong men (not just Trump but a whole set of bad actors). I suspect this is due to some growing fears but I don’t think we can easily list them. The fear of the “other” is real but we’re dealing with more than that here. We are dealing with how we view ourselves - what I call the worldview collapse.
When I read what our DHS units are doing, especially ICE, I think we have regressed backwards quite a bit. That so many Americans now cheer brutality as a policy ought to be disturbing.