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Opening dinner & onstage discussion: Are we in an era of superabundance or existential collapse?
The media and intellectual class feed us a constant diet of doom and gloom – predicting anything from global famine to climate catastrophe to energy crisis.
All the Cassandras notwithstanding, Marian Tupy argues that humanity has accomplished a great deal and can continue to do so as long as we continue to adhere to the values of classical liberalism. A cold, dispassionate look at the big picture shows that, all things considered, the world continues to improve along many different dimensions.
However, according to Sherelle Jacobs, there are good reasons to be distressed about the state of today’s world and the West’s place in it. We are besieged by crises on several fronts – from economics and culture to security and energy — and they are magnified by a deep sense of malaise that grips the national psyches of the western world.