Based only on your graphs, I’d say the US is getting the best bang for the buck! S&F for an interesting & safe compilation of graphical
As other posters alluded, we’re the only truly capitalist nation in your comparison--science & technology are profitable endeavors, so where is the
graph that includes our US-based global technological leaders as a part of the overall “efforts”?
Along those lines, where is the graph displaying the amount of defense spending that is allocated to research & development (i.e., science &
In fact, I’d place all bets that the truly cutting-edge scientific research is now where it has always been, under the umbrella of “defense
spending”--to secure capitalist freedom (in theory), the gov’t will always have the greatest financial & human resources, as well as,
That introduces the point of intellectual security, as flawed as my gov’t is capable of being, I sleep better know that I don’t know the truly
centurion technological breakthroughs that our world-leading scientific minds have achieved, because neither do the dirty nuke, model airplane
building, blind-zealot sociopaths!
Considering that global scientific contributions aggregately favor the economic viability of fossil fuels compared to overall (& individual)
expenditure of burgeoning alternatives, it’s a good bet that we’re where we are, not by lack of trying, or technological advancement, but to allow
as many as possible to appreciate a relatively similar quality of life…Have you priced a hybrid car? If the gov't outlawed my trusty pickup, my new
hybrid would double as my home!
ETA: If the fossil-fuel & technology discrepancy really
concerns you, I'd be extremely grateful if you would invent an alternative fuel (that's
not made from food!) or technology that we can adapt to our present internal combustion engines to increase mileage & efficiency, as well as, in our
homes to free us from the extorting monthly utility tributes. With all the $ we'd save, we could afford to educate a more intelligent species--or
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