A guy over on the U.S. Politics forum I frequent daily posted the following link–

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s: https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/31/8-surprisingly-small-industries-that-employ-more-people-than-coal/

Last Saturday, heard the following OTM program–

It’s Just Business – On The Media – WNYC: http://www.wnyc.org/story/just-business The above has a segment on the coal industry.

From NPR News: Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up http://n.pr/2oboNWA


This was also posted–

How much does science knowledge influence views on climate, energy? | Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/03/22/how-much-does-science-knowledge-influence-peoples-views-on-climate-change-and-energy-issues/

Observation on my part: 

I’ve thought over the past few years about Humanity’s Natural Origins as a social species of animal, about social structures (small, medium, and large scale), and so on.

That PEW study suugestes to me [a lowly working-class laborer] that what we’ve come to refer to as “Rightwing” and “Conservative” is mostly about the goal of preserving what they believe is some sort of natural social structure, of which they’re already at the top, and it’s always been that way.

Focused, goal-driven, but not necessarily capable of objective analysis, because it’s always starting something from one set, maybe rigid viewpoint.

We are a social, emotional species. It takes a lot of discipline to use Reason objectively, scientifically. Science is about continually questioning what we think we know, testing and re-testing, and analysis, and passing knowledge forward, and trying to put it to good use.

That can lead to breakthroughs grwat and small, some of which aren’t fully understood. Which helps drive more study, more experiment, more invention and innovation. 

Seems to me “Rightwing”/”Conservtism” doesn’t advance, just seeks to control, maybe forstall any change, until something reaches a “tipping point” and becomes, inevitably, a part of a new status quo. Then it seeks to control and benefit from that, resisting change again, while other forces push forward, accumulating advances, overcoming new challenges, building toward the next tipping point.

“Conservatism” may be a natural, inevitable “check and balance”, part of a Natural Order. Question: How do we keep Conservatism from becoming “Regressive”?

Despite what some perceive as a “Rise of Conservatism” and a Regression in U.S. politics, I think we we still have a substantial drive toward progress among all the overlapping spheres that I think/feel make up Venn of Human Civilization [Sphere: Science/Technology/Engineering/Math; Sphere: History/Arts/Language; Sphere: Ethics/Morality/Character], that the U.S. can still be a pioneer in many areas, contributing to our nations health, survivability. 

But: both the rise of close-minded Oligarchies and Radical Theocracies are threatening advancement, may trigger a massive Regression, and those have roots in poisonous permutations of “Conservatism”….