Nukes? Climate Change? Love 'Em to Death

Newsweek scribe lists a few issues pundits may misunderstand
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2009 6:15 PM CDT
South Korean protesters rally against North Korea's missiles near the US Embassy in Seoul. Weisberg argues that nuclear proliferation may make rogue regimes more, not less, responsible.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – Few so-called experts predicted the subprime meltdown or the September 11 attacks, Jacob Weisberg writes in Newsweek—so what else might the pundits be wrong about?

  • Nukes are bad: An influential political scientist “argues that possessing nukes induces restraint and caution, causing irresponsible regimes to behave more responsibly.”
  • Climate change = Armageddon: “Carbon emissions could make the earth more fertile and prevent harm from global cooling, which isn't caused by humans.”

  • China’s rulers aren’t going anywhere: Rising standards of living, which China is seeing now, “tend to produce political discontent and have driven the democratic change throughout most of the rest of East Asia.”
  • Homeownership is good: Owning a home “diminishes labor-market mobility. It encourages longer commutes. And at least one study says it makes you fat and unhappy.”
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