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
Nukes? Climate Change? Love 'Em to Death
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)

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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