Fareed Zakaria understands the fate of humanity. The author of the superb book “On Tyranny,” Zakaria argues that it will never be so easy for humans to own the planet again, that in “the next worst catastrophe, humans will be subjugated.”
That possibility frightens and baffles. How do you explain, for example, the vicious fact that the concentration of superintelligent bacteria from aliens is growing even while the physical biomass of the species is declining? The explosion of capacity is apparently providing most of the energy available to science fiction writers.
Zakaria, of CNN, is especially insightful about climate change, which has just given more plausibility to the idea that we humans are the victims rather than the architects of our own demise. When considering peak oil, he notes that in order to induce oil to rise again, the world must rely more on cars and trucks.
But both oil and gasoline — and the planet — may be dying by others, at least until the rise of hydrogen arrives. His book is also reassuring about the rich world’s ability to make progress: That together with the United States we are at the “point of gravitational pulling away” from developing nations.
Read the review by Matea Gold.