Common sense ideas to make our lives better

Have been compiling the list of ideas to make the world a better place. Here are some of them 



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Comment by Unseen on September 23, 2012 at 10:28pm

You'd probably stimulate more discussion by breaking that up into a number of smaller discussions put up one at a time. I think a lot of people, myself included, look at a huge post and decide they don't want to get into it.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 24, 2012 at 6:01am

The thing about "common sense" is that while it may be so for some people, it tends to be "special knowledge" for others.

Comment by Arcus on September 24, 2012 at 7:50am

A few notes right off the bat:

-How to you imagine combining cutting military budgets and standing up for human rights? A liberal interventionism doctrine does require the use of military force quite often. 

-Getting along well with other countries isn't necessarily desirable or up to the US. Recall that the international system is anarchic and Machiavellian in nature.

-Why equal rights for women and lgbt only? Why not just make it simple and insist on equal (or better yet, similar) rights for everybody, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation?

-How do you propose global warming is to be reduced and the environment protected? While lofty goals are pretty to listen to, specifics is actually what gets done.

-Same as the above goes for bullying.

-Long term government perspective is not really possible due to the election cycle. Are you proposing a lengthening of terms or an abandonment of representative democracy altogether?

Comment by Lewal on September 24, 2012 at 10:02am

Probably goes along with humanity, but I think we should be monitoring population growth a little more. We need to find a solid middle ground on abortion and start allowing people who want to die with dignity to do so. I'd also suggest measures to start holding people accountable for the number of children they're producing, but I know that's not gonna fly any time soon.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2012 at 1:06pm

@C. Lewal

Everybody has their "If I ruled the world." The thing is it's all pipe dreams. As Dr. House said, "If Religious People Listened To Reason There Would Be No Religion!" Likewise, if people listened to reason, we wouldn't have any problems.

Your first job, then, is to make most people reasonable about things they are currently irrational about.

Comment by Lewal on September 24, 2012 at 2:39pm

How does one best make others reasonable?

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on September 24, 2012 at 2:47pm

I like a lot of your ideas - but I wish this was in a discussion forum rather than a blog; I think we could really get a lot more ideas exchanged that way.


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