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January 2016 Policy Study, Number 16-1


Doom and Gloom = 0, Human Ingenuity = 10

The World Hasn't Ended Yet!





Prophesies and predictions about a dreadful future and the end of the world have existed for thousands of years – and continue today with the work of the Club of Rome (a think tank of international elites) and others.  There is a fascination in thinking about, and thus preparing yourself mentally for, the worst-case scenario.  Who hasn’t thought about what they would do if a major disaster affected them or their family?  Where you would go?  How would you, as a parent, make sure your children survive?  The movie industry has made millions off of disaster movies, from The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) to Earthquake (1974) to The Perfect Storm (2000), and The Day After Tomorrow (2004).[1]  No one can argue that people don’t like to scare themselves!  While some of the predictions have come true, sort of, and current dire warnings may come true in the future – as 2015 comes to a close and the 2016 presidential election continues to heat up, a review of some of the predictions, allegations, and facts seems in order.




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