We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I hope he's right and I believe there is a reasonable chance that he is, but his conditions for achieving the future he expects are under constant attack by powerful forces. Ronald Reagan noted that freedom is fragile and is at risk with every generation. In the nation that was created with the idea of liberal science and free speech, free markets, and liberal government, those basic principles are under attack by certain elites, many of whom are subsidized by our government. It should be no surprise that those attacks are even more powerful elsewhere.
Ideas of a certain "mass" are historically almost impossible to definitively discredit. For example, many on the left are unabashed socialists in spite of not only the disastrous past experiments with it that resulted in the deaths of a hundred million people but with current disastrous examples in Cuba and Venezuela. Socialism is an idea that has ended in misery EVERY time it's been attempted yet there is still surprising support for it.
Bailey doesn't attempt to describe the level of effort required to maintain the positive trajectory he envisions. If history is a guide, there will be a lot of people who will have to be dragged kicking and screaming to his great future.
At the same time, it's been noted that sperm counts have been decreasing over the last several decades which plays into Bailey's narrative causing me to wonder if that was actually driven by something bigger than we can comprehend.
I disagree that we have the liberal "open discourse" science he touts, the liberal government (crony capitalism, etc) he touts, and liberal free markets he touts, (a relative few (in the 100s) huge corporations provide most consumer goods.) It's true, as I joke at work, people aren't reproducing, but the ones who are are not the "enlightened." Power is consolidating into the hands of a few, only interested in themselves. Regarding the "beneficence" of cities, has this guy ever been to a 3rd world city? They are Dickens' London with cell phones. I'll agree that agriculture is becoming more efficient and birth rates are dropping, but I don't believe those are enough to cancel out the power of the elite and corporate malfeasance that comes with consolidation and little true consumer choice, that innovation in only certain directions (more intrusive marketing, fewer options, trivial improvements). We had electric cars 100 years ago. What really true innovation has occurred in the past 40-50 years, other than perhaps better smaller batteries, better smaller computers (phones) and better gene splicing (which many fear more than the Devil).
Baily says (in short)... "I do not fear for future generations."
His misguided optimism is based on the fact that there won't be any future generations as birth rates continue to drop, women have cats and nature reclaims her place of preeminence on earth because we all live in cities. Ah, distopia!
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