> As your surmised, I'm more interested in discussing topics that
> are relevant to my book. When we start getting into other
> predictions (like economic ones) we are straying a bit far from
> the topics I've researched, what I've studied, what I'm
> passionate about, and what I'm here to discuss which is the
> harmful effects of end of the world predictions.
> Having said that, I'd still be interested in exploring your
> ideas further. But not if you're going to insinuate that I
> engage in victim-bashing (i.e., by accusing me of abusing the
> very people whose minds I am trying to open with my book). I'm
> not buying the idea that financial concerns lead to more people
> falling for the doomsday claims.
> You really seem like you just want to discuss the debt problem.
> You've injected the $89 trillion debt into numerous
> conversations. I'm assuming you've got at least a rough
> outline that if world leaders were to follow, could reduce or
> eliminate the debt by a certain year (maybe 2050). I'm all
Political leaders could reign in their austerity measures (which only make the economy sicker in the relative long term), and the could stop awarding massive cash hand-outs to their friends in the top positions of international corporations. A debt jubilee would also be good way to clear the decks so that a more fair and just economic system could be created. There are many creative ways to solve problems, but it requires more people to get involved and come up with support and ideas, instead of trying to undermine the effort.
I disagree with you when you argue people aren't pushed towards adopting irrational apocalyptic beliefs when doom pervades the economic landscape. I believe fear pushes people towards irrationalism because they don't possess the intellectual tools to understand the real issues, so they opt for surrogate issues that manifest as irrational issues to minds that are more rational. Unfortunately, some rational minds have a tendency to treat irrational problems whilst ignoring the underlying psychological root causes. Therefore, what occurs amounts to little more than window dressing and re-arranging chairs on a sinking ship.
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