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Are our problems beyond politics?

Is politics is a system of persuasion? Doesn't it look to tow you towards one idea or a competing one? Aren't our largest problems -- overpopulation, massive discrepancies in consumption from nation-to-nation, hunger, disease, AIDS -- problems that we can all agree on? It's not like abortion, where it's a matter of belief, right? Does anyone out there think people should starve? Is it a matter of what to vote for? Or a matter of how to vote for it, what actions to take? And in any kind of situation like that, doesn't a collaborative body work better than a deliberative one? Haven't we seen that if you leave two parties to argue, they will do just that? People who disagree don't often come to compromise by idealizing their arguments to the extreme, do they?

So are we beyond politics? Can politics save the day? Or is it becoming obsolete when it comes to making real, big change? What CAN make that change?

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  • Jan 6 2013: Yes, today, some people think that some other people should starve, and are deliberately starving them.

    Today, we can grow enough food to end hunger. Hunger persists because of economics and, mainly, because of politics. So the solution to some problems have a political component.

    When a problem (many diseases) has no economic (free market) solution, we look to the government for a solution. So these problems also require political intervention.

    Many problems can be solved without government or political involvement. Overpopulation will certainly be "solved" whether the government acts or not.

    Many of the big problems will eventually be solved by the free market. Inventors are developing new technology and entrepreneurs are finding profitable ways to distribute the technology. For example:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter.html
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      Jan 6 2013: Just as an aside to this topic, this is a powerful and simultaneously disturbing statement -

      "Overpopulation will certainly be "solved" whether the government acts or not."

      Nature does have a way of dealing with overpopulated species so we would well advised to take our own initiative in that arena.

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