- Feb 2010
- Where'm I At, Doe?
Oh, if all you're saying is that we're superficially better off today than when we were dying by the millions in world wars, that's obvious. I wasn't sure if you were getting at something more subtle than that. That doesn't mean we should ignore all the massive problems that face us. They're very different in nature than the problems that faced us a half century ago, and if we ignore them because on the face of it we seem to be better off from day to day . . . well, we're ignoring the warnings of the scientific community, for one thing. We're also ignoring common sense, which indicates that massive debt and usurious military spending has never ended well for any culture indulging in it. Your insistence on ignoring that because, look, we've moved past trench warfare, isn't very impressive to me.The same tired old talking points. If your complaint is military spending, that's one thing. When you introduce a parade of horribles about the planet dying and being mired in perpetual war, I am correct to accuse you of being devoid of historical context. What we have now is paradise compared to the way it would be if we were perpetually "at war" in any major sense. The involvement we have in the middle east is nothing like what our major wars throughout history have been.
But historically speaking we are not oh-so-much worse off right now than in generations past. The rhetoric you're buying into likes to catastrophize everything because that mobilizes votes.
“That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”