Psa 127:1 "A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They
labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays
awake in vain."
Isa 65:23 "They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them."
Technology or self seeking humanistic philosophy and our highly optimised means to those ends, in all their forms or expressions, aren't a substitute for life. They have given us buoyant optimistic hope and temporary vision for our future, yet national debts around the world are said to be reaching critical levels. Natural disasters put enormous pressure on the national purse/s. It's reported that diseases are reaching epidemic proportions in some nations. Land use is reaching saturation point. The crime rate in some nations is reported to be astronomical, eg a murder every 28 minutes. Humanly intractable entropy prevails. We might emphasise the extended family or whanau as our polynesian cultures do, more sharing and caring, a different expression of the welfare system. After all, we can't take our materialistic gains with us into the afterlife. We might increasingly sacrifice our national sovereignty on the alter of more sharing and caring for the common good of our global village and it's global citizens.
In God's economy, (as defined by the Open Brethren and those sites linked to by god-help.org), our resources, land use, all the organisations of government will be managed by the conservative Lord of life. Currently humanity is struggling with what science calls "Entropy", and until Jesus Christ, the person and conservative Life force, is invited to heal our land (as we conform to biblical standards) - we are mostly spinning our wheels.
The solution to the world's ills is the counsel of God with conservative protestant orthodox revival (eg Baptist teaching & http://wayoflife.org), and we humans can only hope to elucidate that. Quick fixes for 'large scale' entropy are often less achievable by humans when we aren't inclined to follow the paths of God's standards of behaviour - which are the key to open up God's counsel. To the extent that we're largely blind to the need for conservative protestant orthodox revival we necessarily follow the paths of entropy. Until Christian insights open our eyes to our serious need for survival and remedying entropy, through genuine repentance of known contrary standards of behaviour, there's not alot anyone can do to alleviate the world's 'large scale' ills, (lesser scale ills often can be improved). God has given humanity a measure of freewill and only stands at the door of our hearts knocking to let Him in.
Only God and His saviour Jesus can remedy the water cycle of the Earth so that productive land use becomes possible, and even the deserts once again blossom, renewing the topsoil lost by erosion and undoing the damage to our ecosystems that deforestation is reported to have caused.(Isa 35:1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Also see Henry Commentary Isa 35:5-10 e-Sword) Our eyesight frequently deteriorates with age, we get heart disease which admittedly can be improved on but not eradicated, cancer, and numerous other afflictions medical science has catalogued. Our lifespan is shorter than those of early biblical times, and we just assume it's the best we can hope for, but perhaps that might change too. While grateful for improvements made, God has promised true 'large scale' healing of the nations when the Lord Jesus reigns.
Humanity has benefited from technological progress, but shortcuts to resolving man made problems often aren't adequate for the scale of entropy being dealt with. If we simply slap sticking plaster solutions on festering wounds then we've often just kicked the can down the road once the scale of the problem more fully manifests. Until entropy is corrected by humanity turning to God and Jesus Christ, and learning their and the Apostles standards of behaviour, as taught by conservative protestant orthodoxy, we will continue to be slaves to large scale entropy; irrespective of technological quick fixes or short term solutions. If we can't turn to God then we necessarily continue to not enjoy His fountain of living water or counsel. God has given humanity a measure of freewill and only stands at the door of our hearts, knocking to let Him in.
For financial matters, of course nations that default on debt are relieved from it's burden but at what cost for trading relationships ? And if manufacturing is brought home then that eventually might ameliorate the situation, except there's little to prevent knock-off production and undercutting by competitors, as already occurs in many cases. We need more thorough solutions than free-market competition offers, though what that would be is upto economic specialists.
I don't have well defined economic ideas, not being a focus for me, but naturally hold to Matt 6:33 'seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (standards of behaviour), and all these things shall be added to you'. This implicitly assumes Christ's kingdom is not a look alike/s. What this says to me is that the ways of life, both personally and for nations, depends on our relationship to God/Jesus, espoused by the Apostles, including their standards of behaviour. Jesus as the conservative person and Life force is excluded from our thinking and standards of behaviour at our cost due to entropy - notwithstanding capitalist or socialist leanings of nations. We climb our ladder/s of success often to find it was leaning against the wrong wall, even if we try to humanly fine tune our financial parameters. Population growth puts pressure on our policies, through various expenses and resource limitations, (related discussion in ComingToFaith.html) , so that humanly intractable entropy prevails. When God makes it possible to explore space more, then humanly intractable problems will guarantee that we will need God's involvement and standards. Studying godonomics.com DVDs isn't possible yet but interesting though they might be, if we don't seek first the kingdom of God 'and' His righteousness (standards of behaviour), in the way described in look alike/s, we will continue to run into brick wall/s for both capitalists and socialists or some hybrid of them both.
Ultimately, as populations grow, life's simultaneous equation requires counsel from the only source of true lasting wisdom - God / Jesus. His leadership can only be put off or delayed while population demands aren't too pressing (see UN Agenda 21 below). When we run out of non-renewable natural resources it will require an unprecedented breakthrough, including for food production; (related discussion in http://god-help.org/ComingToFaith.html ). I'm sure others can think of various needs that become 'humanly intractible' when populations become enormous. If we deny our need for God / Jesus and His and the Apostles standards of behaviour, as taught by conservative protestant orthodoxy and http://god-help.org , we eventually only hurt ourselves and our nations. Humanly intractible problems guarantee that entropy will escalate beyond what we can all manage. If that's not reason enough, the future of space colonisation under God's renewed worlds mentioned in the Bible, mean populations will exceed human ability to cope considerably. Probably needless to consider that if God renews the worlds He will also provide the means to get there and back for humanity and our materials, within human time frames. We might ask if Angels already have such means for travel, and if that will become available to us too, in a supernatural worldview ?
Social evolution is our norm and we strive for lasting progress - hand in hand with Jesus. As the nations accept His leadership (according to conservative protestant orthodoxy) so we will all enter into the fullness of His blessings, throughout our living systems.
We remind ourselves that by reducing and/or replacing sugar in foods and drinks (which also helps with obesity), we free it up for use in ethanol production, ie renewable energy.
When we turn to conservative protestant orthodoxy 'then' Jesus will return as accepted leader for us all and He will be free as leader to correct the Earth's water cycle. Again, if we can't turn to God then we necessarily continue to not enjoy His fountain of living water or counsel. God has given humanity a measure of freewill and only stands at the door of our hearts, knocking to let Him in.
Then the deserts are promised to blossom, so we can produce even more ethanol, as populations multiply. Along with ceramic engines that handle ethanol better. The new Duke engine is discussed here.
Are you acquainted with UN Agenda 21 on population control or management, that no doubt is a best effort by governments, but omits God's remedying of the Earth's water cycle (once widely accepted as our leader) so deserts blossom once again, freeing up land for food, energy production, and population growth.
There's no solution to 'entropy' through some wannabe emperor/leaders. Christ the conservative person and life force can only subdue entropy when invited to if we fulfill all His teachings - such as found here http://wayoflife.org (and sites linked to by god-help.org).
Have you considered A Planet in Upheaval 4
Have you considered How to study your Bible rightly ?
Without the Holy Spirit leading or anointing us our lives amount to little of consequence. Except the Lord build the house the builders labour in vain. Except we remain in the Vine we can do nothing - which otherwise amounts to entropy, an old wineskin that can't hold Jesus new wine, the new covenant and a fountain of living water, the Words of life John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 15:4 "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
Have you also considered Wikipedia on Entropy ?