Big Questions

Big Questions

Scott Pickard / Top Tens / Questions

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What is the right balance between Pritzker-style safety-leaning leadership, vs. Trump’s “banzai charge” to give the virus the finger (mask-less) and rush back to work and play?

Are our states and cities too big to fail?

What wasn’t the U.S. prepared?

Is it smart to use empty hotels to quarantine COVID-19 patients and prevent further infection of family at home?

What will be the long-term socio-economic impacts from the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic?

When can America go back to work?

Are we ready for medical rationing and its unintended consequences?

After decades of decreased funding and demonization of the federal bureaucracy, has the coronavirus crisis exposed the tragic ineffectiveness of federal leadership at a most critical moment when we need it?

Existential Risks

Is protecting humanity’s future from existential risks the central challenge of our time? If so, what good do warships, warplanes, 14,000+ nuclear bombs, space force, infantry, commando teams, tanks, and aircraft carriers accomplish against

  • lethal pandemics
  • rising tides
  • burning forests
  • poverty and income inequality, and
  • animal, insect and plant extinction?

How are we destroying the planet? How will we save it?

What are the biggest long-term risks to the global economy?

Artificial Intelligence

What are the long-term social implications of Artificial Intelligence?

Dystopian World

Why would you support a religious community that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity?

Are science fiction’s themes of a Dystopian Society disturbingly visible in today’s world?

Poverty and Income Inequality

Is rural resentment of liberal elites dividing America against itself?

Should the mega-wealthy commit to reducing the destructive effects of economic inequality?

Virtual Reality

When it comes to Virtual Reality’s impact on kids, how long is too long? How young is too young?

Are kids now officially citizens of a dual world, real and virtual?

Has this forced online family distance-learning experience during the self-quarantining COVID-19 crisis confirmed the importance of brick-and-mortar schools for kids?

But at the same time has the social, emotional, and intellectual value of online games been confirmed during this period of virus isolation?

War and Military

Does the U.S. need such a large and expensive military?

Rule of Law

How do we balance “self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights” to achieve justice and equality for all Americans in a peaceful and secure way?

Is there a pattern of un-justice at the Justice Department these days, where criminal judgments always tilt in favor of political allies?


Is renewable energy essentially a shill for the fossil fuel, mining, and heavy industries?


What is a hero?

Is the purity of sports being poisoned by

  • technology (AI, surveillance, wireless)
  • the values/corruption in our increasingly uncivil society, and
  • gambling and corruption?