At present, global health investment is voluntary and few countries make sizeable donations. Since the start of the global financial crisis, investment has stagnated. Is there a way to improve the situation? We think so. Although the world does not have a lot of experience in managing global commons, there is an example we can learn from: carbon trading.Thanks for making my point, Satan. Kill the poor in rich countries to enrich the rich dictators of poor countries.
Battling climate change is also a public good that is vulnerable to free riding. In this case, however, the world has devised a system to try to prevent free riders: carbon credit markets. These are designed to reduce carbon emissions by channelling money to the places where emissions cuts are easiest.Unfortunately for your argument, and fortunately for civilization, those markets are failing. The parasite has killed the host.
Likewise, it is much cheaper to save a life in a poor country than it is in a rich country. And so at the National University of Singapore we have designed a prototype cap-and-trade system for global health that similarly gives incentives to high- and middle-income countries to save lives cheaply. For such a market to work, we need something to be traded. An obvious candidate is DALYs, or disability-adjusted life years.This is clearly a Modest Proposal meant to sound outrageous to normal humans while it stirs the bloodthirsty Satans of "science" into mindless follow-the-leader activism. After the activism gets running, the concept will no longer be outrageous. It will be required thought. Anyone who dares to question it will be an unemployable Denialist Fascist Racist Nazi Halliburton. I figure this evolution or personal journey will take about one year in the streamlined turbocharged Suicide Machine that runs western "countries".
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.