Posted: Aug 31, 2018 5:20 am
by Thommo
I'm not convinced by a lot of this. I have a preference for one form of politics - liberal, free, democratic, intelligent, mature, rational and evidence based, but that leaves open a lot of different positions someone could take. On the other hand I think it's safe to say I don't like bullshit (pretty much by the definition of bullshit), and there's at least one form of politics I can't stand (Nazism, communism to name a couple).

I've no idea what the East/West divide is supposed to represent here either. Japan doesn't seem all that different in a lot of ways, and I'd certainly take either Japan or a typical Western country over China or North Korea, or Venezuela.

I don't really know what the future will bring, and I'm firmly convinced nobody else does either. Uncertainty grows exponentially into the future, but the near future shows few signs of a one world government, I don't think it would be easy to convince Xi or Putin or Kim to give up power, and it's not exactly clear what problems such a government would actually be able to solve anyway.

I don't see any signs of social media causing a democratic revolution though, not least because you can't overthrow democracy to impose democracy. I think history is more likely to inform us than speculation. When resources become scarce humans have usually factionalised, preferring their tribes and especially their kin, and they have competed aggressively for the remaining resources, which has often led to war. The question remains whether resources will be made scarce by the end of the oil energy boom, the damage that is being done to the climate and the increasing overpopulation of the planet. My fear is that they will and my hope is that they won't.