You have answers, not that i beleive everything.
Reverting to city states wont work for 1 reasons: population.
Too large cities.
Anyway, classic city states were huge, they had a catchment area, so getting stuff not a problem.
City states is 1 idea.
I feel we need a purge.
Get rid of 90%. But thats just my idea.
I have opinions - but I day dream alot about answers, san-q tho.
But that's my reasoning that city-states are obsolete also, population - also in the sense of international coordination.
If we want radical rather than incremental change, I agree we need a purge - maybe it is as high as 90% of us don't function to further humanities evolution - but instead feed off its ever changing status-quo. But there is a lag, humanity is filled with redundant occupations, products, ideas, ways of living etc etc of bygone status-quo's. But you can't blame anyone - it's only a recent phenomena this global conciousness thing.
Good news is: global population levels are set to peak in 2040 at 9.1 billion - and may even begin to decline naturally after that (given current trends) - once population levels peak, stabilise and/or decline - more long term planning will be possible for the technocrats in government. Until then everything will remain chaotic and adhoc.
So I'm hoping a purge wont be necessary - I'd rather see a large-scale coordinated mobilisation - like the kind we saw during WW1 and WW2. Common goals rather than enemies.
When are we going to be a space race?IMO yes, but! What's your definition? And then what is NASA and the Russian and Chinese equivalents saying? plus or minus some years/decades.
Are we going travel far and wide in space?IMO yes, but! Same as above.
Personally I don't think we've earned the right to leave this planet yet (maybe the moon is okay).