In any event, the world of 2100 will be more different from 2006 than 2006 is different from 8000 BC.
Biotechnology is converging with information technology, and by some estimations medical knowledge is doubling every 8 years at this point.
Even energy has burst forth from what appeared to be a century of stagnation into an area of rapid technological advances. Beyond simple market forces like the price of oil, the revolutions in computing, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are all converging on the field of energy through multiple avenues to chip away at the seemingly gargantuan obstacles we face. Energy, too, is in the process of becoming a knowledge-based technology, and hence guaranteed to see accelerating exponential innovation.
Furthermore, the case must be made clarifying that which is less than desirable about current policy so that people don't opt for worse policy because they believe that this is as good as it gets. The economy is better than it is portrayed by the media, however:
The reality is the U.S. economy is under-performing because there's still too much intervention by government at all levels around the world.
The pro-market arguments must be more sophisticated then simply too much taxing and regulating.
Food prices are soaring because federal politicians manipulated incentives to produce more corn to make into ethanol.
Oil and gasoline prices are soaring. Supply cannot keep up with demand because all levels of the supply chain are constrained, from the prevention to build more refineries to government's ownership of petroleum assets globally. This article illustrates one problem.
Health care seems to be a perpetual political problem because the market has been interfered with by government for sixty years. Governments around the world put ceilings on prices, thereby forcing producers to try to make up for the skimpy profits there by pushing prices higher in the U.S.
Hidden from plain view but a burden nonetheless is the cost of regulatory compliance.
The costs to the public of complying with federal health, safety, environmental and economic regulations appear nowhere in the federal budget.
Economist Mark Crain's research for the U.S. Small Business Administration finds that in 2006 regulatory compliance cost Americans $1.14 trillion. Astoundingly, that approaches half of last year's total federal spending of $2.6 trillion, and exceeds 9% of U.S. GDP — and tops Canada's $1 trillion GDP.
Combining regulation and spending, the federal government's share of the economy is a whopping 29%.
We might be getting much less benefit than this cost.
The case for limited but effective government must be made in simple clear terms, again and again without risking the loss of credibility engendered by an hysterical approach.