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Which is a Bigger Threat to the World?

Updated on August 15, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.


In the year 2017, our world is facing a few challenges. How you perceive these challenges may reveal your politics. Why is that?

- Aug. 2017

What are these Challenges?

Here is a top 10 list of global challenges we face.

  • climate change
  • ISIS and terrorism
  • Nuclear threat from North Korea
  • Nuclear threat from Iran
  • Financial collapse of Stock market
  • stray Asteroids striking earth
  • EMP disruption of power grid
  • Global flood and tsunami
  • AI replacing Humans
  • Google and Amazon and FB monopoly
  • Over population of humans

If I missed some, please submit your perceived challenge in the comment section below.


Obviously, some of these items are inter-related. No one issue stands alone. Any of the threats we face can trigger a financial crisis. A natural disaster or man-made, if large enough, can also cause global distress. The question for us is which is most likely and most worrisome for individuals and for our government. It should also be obvious that some we may have no control over one way or another.

These items can be grouped into a few major categories. They can be divided into a man-made, a natural, and a geo political and a financial threat.

Which one do you consider to be the top threat, or an existential threat? For example, even though Venezuela is under going a crisis now, it is not a global phenomenon. In fact, it didn't even make the list. The same goes with Greece or some African countries facing famine. To qualify for the global threat, it would have to be large enough to affect the majority of the himan population one way or another, directly or indirectly.

Why these Particular issues?

These were chosen carefully and with some precedence in our past history. For example, we have experienced periodic strikes by asteroids even though it is a rare event. We have also been affected by global wars such as WW I and WW II or the great depression of 1929.

Some items are new perceived threats in human history, such as AI or climate change.

A Poll

What do you think is the greatest threat facing humans today?

See results

My Contention...

It is my contention and believe that depending on which threat you perceive to be the greatest, also determine your political persuation.

If you are a liberal progressive like Barack Obama, you will say climate change is the greatest threat, which he has done so in many occasions while President.

If you are a conservative like me, I say it is the growth of ISIS and islamic terrorism spreading across the world.

If you are a libertarian like John Stossel or Rand Paul, you might say it is the huge financial debt the world has accumulated.

If you are a moderate, you might say it is geo politial unstability and the threat of nuclear weapons.

If you are member of the green party, you might think over population of humans to be the worst threat.


Perhaps a little explanation is needed. The reason I think ISIS is more a threat to the globe is that they have already changed how we live our lives. Post 9/11, the islamic extremist, have succeed in making an impact. Not only did 3000 people died in the initial attack, the war In Afghanistan and later Iraq cost thousands of American military lives and almost 1 trillion dollar. In addition, every one that travels by air has been impacted by the strict security check points and carry-on restrictions.

In addition, the general feeling of people have changed and we are always on alert. We worry about attending a concert or parade or sporting events. In some respect, they have already won. We have been made hostage by their terror threats against innocent people.

On the other hand, climate change has been used by Al Gore to scare millions of children. They have predicted all kinds of disaster for the past 20 years. Yet, none of them have come to fruition. Climate has always been changing and unpredictable. With modern satellites, we are able to predict hurricanes and typhoons better. We still have a long way to go in predicting natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami...Apparently, changing climate globally is a slow process which we have the ingenuity and technology to mitigate. We can relocate our coastal cities and manage our forests and farms. It is not the existential threat that some environmental activist wants us to believe. It is certainly not going to be the end of fossil fuel. We need it too much and our quality of life depends on it. IMHO...time will tell if I am right.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hello, Jack....Yes, perhaps you should have "expanded" on your precise intent and/or explained the reason for your question, quite a bit further. It's an extremely complex, as well as multi-faceted question to even approach. I'm sure you can see that people are not tripping over one another to answer it. Looks like only pop and I were willing to offer a response thus far.

      Back to your drawing board, Jack...:)

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      Jack Lee 

      14 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Paula, thanks for checking in and reading my article. I guess you might have missed my point. My point was not intend to scare people but to point out how these perceived threats are colored by our political leanimgs.

      In fsct, I don't believe some of the threats are real threats. Perhaps I should expand on that a bit in my article.

      For one example, climate change is not a big threat in my opinion. I have studied this and have followed the controversy for a long time and have written many articles and debated doc-snow here at hubpages. What I do believe is that it is being used by the left and the environmentslist to change the balance of wealth. They believe we are unfairly wealthy and should give money to the third world to offset the poor and to fight climate change. It is a ruse. I aslo don't think nuclear annihilation is very likely. The people in North Korea is not stupid. They must know if they try anything, they will be finished.

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      14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jack...First of all, I need to mention that all this time, I had no idea how close we live to one another. Well, not NEXT door but in the same state while you're down state in Yorktown and I'm upstate! I just now read where you live..........

      so anyway, on to your question. I can assure you that my answer will not give you any indication of what side of any spectrum I'm on. I'm a practical, painfully honest individual who uses common sense and and is never backed into a narrow corner with no exits!...

      Realistically, there are far too many threats to the world today. Which is bigger than or the biggest, depends, Jack....Who or what is the most imminent, powerful, destructive, threatening, in our faces, in the headlines, causing the disruption, fear, panic and pending doom at WHAT particular moment??

      They're all of major concern~~or at least SHOULD be~~to all of us, our not-so-fearless-leaders and any man, woman or child that would like for our WORLD to continue to exist.

      Not a one of those threats you list is anything any of us is not aware of or very concerned with. Do we all need more knowledge of each of them? In a word, Yes. To rank them in order of biggest to least threat can be nearly impossible, for the reasons I stated above.

      A fine mess, wouldn't we all agree? And just WHO, how, when will any of them become NON-threatening? We can't answer that either. We can only give opinions, ideas & for those who wish to~Pray a whole lot. Each person responding to this particular question has their own answer for their own reason, based on exactly what they know and/or can research. Take a long long look backwards and realize that we are where we've brought WE, I mean the whole damned world..

      One solid. absolute answer I can give you about the biggest threat to my peace of mind, sanity and basic happiness in this crazy reading articles like this with lists of all the huge threats constantly looming over our lives, knowing how few answers and solutions there are....and being asked which we think is the BIGGER threat!

      I'm going for a walk, listening to music, appreciating nature and smiling at some people.....I'm in no mood to jump off a skyscraper today. Thanks, Jack......and to think my day started out fairly stable.

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      14 months ago

      I believe ISIS is the greatest threat we face today. Rogue fool nations like North Korea and Iran also pose a threat, and the two are definitely related. Climate change is at the bottom of my list. In fact, it isn't on my list at all!


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