“If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we’d all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way — some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right — and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.”
9 thoughts on “MOY Friday Extra: How Common Threats Can Make Common (Political) Ground”
That was my ‘first’ first. I feel very gratified.
On a somewhat different note, I’ve always wondered about this. Any insight?
What do they call it an asteroid when it is in the hemisphere, but a hemorrhoid when it’s up your butt?
Correction: In my excitement about being ‘first,’ I typed ‘what’ rather than …
‘Why’ do they call it an asteroid when it is in the hemisphere, but a hemorrhoid when it’s up your butt?
If an Ateroid were headed for Earth, the Fundamentalists would probably take it as a personal attack on them, and what the believe and probably blame the Vatican, or the Gays, or Barack Obama or Darrell Dow….
by the way, I think I’m second….
Interesting video. A combination of truth and opinion. His opinion that the reason our country is in astronomical debt was partially right: welfare has a large share of it. However he did say the other reason was tax cuts. Couldn’t be farther from the truth. We pay more taxes and fees than ever before. The problem is greed on both sides, politics, and corruption. More money borrowed then given to other countries than anyone wants to admit (not for debt relief). If the money given to all the “special” programs alone were cut from the budget, we’d find a few trillion dollars. We don’t need tax hikes, we need to stop paying our politicians until they get this under control.
Most of our country’s debt is due to current and past military spending. We now spend more on the military than all other countries of the world combined.
Welfare is a minuscule portion of the U.S. budget, unless you include programs like Social Security, Medicare, and veteran’s benefits.
… And non-military foreign aid is far less than 1% of the federal budget.
Dear Big Gary:
We now spend more on the military than all other countries of the world combined
This is even more bizarre when you realize that the next 25 ‘highest spenders’ are allies [or at least reasonable ‘friendlies’].