In a sad proof of the pitiable intellectual state of today’s American academic community, the faculty of Cornell responded to a poll rating the world’s most important problems on a five-point scale, and Apocalyptic Manichaeism and Puritanism won.
â€¢ Climate change and its effects on ecosystems (4.39, 2.63)
â€¢ Corporations have too much influence in governing (4.24, 3.35)
â€¢ Lack of long-term perspective in political, environmental and social actions (4.23, 2.69)
â€¢ Humans are unsustainably exploiting the environment (4.13, 2.79)
â€¢ Maintaining the health of the planet (4.1, 2.67)
â€¢ Lack of global responsibility on the part of corporations, governments and individuals (4.03, 2.97)
â€¢ Global poverty and its effects (3.98, 2.48)
â€¢ Inequitable distribution of wealth among people (3.97, 2.32)
â€¢ Unsuitable growth in energy use (3.96, 2.95)
â€¢ Shortage of potable and clean water (3.94, 3.59)
Is there really a shortage of potable water in Ithaca? It seems remarkable to me that, from the viewpoint of Cornell’s savants, the world’s most important problems pretty much entirely divide into the fictitious (Global Warming, unsustainability, vanishing resources), the permanently intractable (human inequality, poverty), along with the unfortunate delay in mankind everywhere implementing Socialism.