Review: The Global 2000 Report to the President: Entering the Twenty-First Century

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Gerald O. Barney, Council on Environmental Quality

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence with Integrity Ignored by Government and Private Sector,September 20, 2012

This treasure was included in my donation to George Mason University of my entire library, and only now do I wish I could pull it down to look at the table of contents and the conclusions. It *is* available online as a free pdf but I strongly recommend buying one of the used copies offered above, there is no substitute for the hand-eye-brain engagement with a physical book.

There has been no lack of intelligence in the USA, either in the IQ sense of the decision-support sense. What has been lacking is integrity at all levels. Junior bureaucrats follow orders from senior bureaucrats who follow orders from political appointees who follow orders from elected officials whose only priority is to get re-elected, to keep the USA in a two-party monopology, and to retire without having actually addressed any real problems.

I do not agree with the excessive conspiratorial thesis of the other review–none of the conspiracies would work if our electoral system and our government retained their integrity. That is in my view the central problem of our time: restoring integrity to government so that We the People may be well-served by all organizations, public and private.

VITAL POINT: The USA has been both the 25% innovator and the 25% waste producer including a plentitude of toxins beyond most people’s imaginations. The onlything we might reasonably offer the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East is a model for getting it right — for ceasing with doing the wrong things more expensively, and instead doing the right things with applied intelligence — design — replete with integrity that produces sustainable outcomes. Absent that, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Wild Cards like Turkey will rule the world and we will — as they have been to the USA — mere collateral damage.

At the end of this note I offer, as the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction (the official number, 277 today is across all categories including software, entertainment, toys and fiction), two book lists easily found online, with each book listed leading boack to its Amazon home page. Just search for the lists using the entire phrase. All of my reading, all of the non-fiction views of over 1,800 author’s whose brains I have tapped via reading, support this specific study and others like it.

I was able to find the online version and printed the table of contents, here are the highlights, they are consistent with the 1992 warning of the Union of Concerned Scientists:

MAJOR FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS
+ Principal Findings
+ Conclusions

THE STUDY IN BRIEF
+ Building the Study
+ Population and Income
— Population
— Income
+ Resources
— Food
— Fisheries
— Forests
— Water
— Nonfuel Minerals
— Energy
+ Environmental Consequences
— Impacts on Agriculture’
— Impacts on Water Resources
— Impacts on Forest Losses
— Impacts on the World’s Atmosphere and Climate
— Impacts on Nuclear Energy
— Species Extinctions

ENTERING THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Appendix A: The Global 2000 Study Compared with Other Global Studies
Appendix B: Letter of Transmittal
Appendix C: The Institute for 21st Century Studies

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Best wishes to all,
Robert Steele
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