The country is presently absorbed in the financial crisis. We have, as usual, pretty well forgotten all the other issues that had been or should have been worrying us: fossil energy decline and the coming energy transition; climate change and its impacts; a growing water crisis; threats to U.S. food production; the on-going destruction of the non-human world; our spiraling budgetary and trade deficits; the stagnation of wages and the near disappearance of private savings for 30 years, and the threats to our health care system, magnified by rising unemployment.
The thesis of this article is that the population and immigration policies needed to deal with those fundamental systemic issues are the same policies needed to mitigate the current financial crisis, and they are made more urgent because of that crisis. And our government does not yet recognize the connections.
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