Oct. 2nd, 2008

heron61: (Gryphon - emphasis and strong feelings)
[livejournal.com profile] pyat is one of the various interesting and geeky Canadians I know, and when he discusses political and social issues, I generally find myself in agreement. Here are three of his thoughts on these issues that I both completely agree with and find well worth reading, so I'm sharing and discussing them.

1) His point on the efficiency of cities is not merely opinion, it's documented fact. Most of humanity clearly wants to live in cities (and has wanted to since they were first developed) and if you want to get the most out of the usage of a given quantity of resources, live in a city. I don't see anything wrong with some people not living in cities, but the choice utterly baffles me. I'm expecting that fact that if predictions of 2050 are correct and 80% of humanity lives in cities then, that people will on average be considerably more prosperous and somewhat happier than they are today (assuming much of the first world isn't bizarrely posthuman by that time, which seems about even odds at this point).

The rest of this point falls under the heading of one of the most important truths I learned when I got a BA in history and an MA in Cultural Anthropology – the past sucked. The lives of most residents of the first world living 75 years ago were far inferior to the lives of most residents of the first world living today, and 150 years ago, the lives of everyone on the planet was from my PoV wretched beyond easy imagining.

2) There's nothing more for me to say to this – state-sponsored healthcare is both more efficient and more humane that private healthcare. If I could change just one thing about the US, I'd introduce national healthcare of the sort found in most of Western Europe.

3) [livejournal.com profile] pyat writes: "I don’t believe we have the right to bear arms, because that implies an intrinsic right to kill another person." that statement perfectly sums up my own views on owning firearms.

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