Good article, thanks for posting.
As with pretty much everything you’ve said, I agree also with at least the first part of the above statement.
But I believe another of your observations might be key to your seeing the path to the solution. Specifically, where you mentioned the problems appear structural.
There are formal methods of recognising and analysing structural problems. They are part of the specialised field of Systems Engineering. Put simply, they are just state of the art tools for managing complexity.
Like all of technology, they have come a long way even in the past twenty years or so. A key one I would identify is the Universal Modelling Languge (UML).
Familiarity in the use of all of these tools imbues practitioners with a change of mindset, putting them more in the habit of removing themselves from the problem space, i.e. Abstraction.
(“Removing ourselves from the box”, that the relative merits of Hayek vs Keynes appears to be wihin)
That done, we have a mechanical method of proceeding with any problem regardless of complexity.
We just work through it “cranking a handle”, breaking the problem down, arranging it into heirarchical layers of components, layered by level of abstraction, stitching them all together with relationships including dependencies.
More complex problems require more handle cranking, thus more human-hours to complete, but in theory a single person can work through any problem given enough time.
At any point, the modeled system behaviour can be executed, by automatically generating executable software, which enables us to confirm the system at that level behaves as intended.
In the end we have a system of executable software which delivers the entire solution.
Of course we cannot see the whole picture at the start, or even part of the way through, but we do not need to. We only need to see the boundaries, like we might see a previously uncharted space from a distance.
If we have practiced these techniques often, in the successful application to many large scale, highly complex systems, we gain much confidence in their capabilities.
If we were not appointed by an identifiable “Prime contractor”, to carry out a particular task, choosing instead to carry it out driven by our own motivation, we have the problem of finding the resources to do it.
There appears no Prime Contactor to sort out the system problem facing humanity.
Thus the effort becomes one more of fundraising, within that flawed system, rather than one of carrying out the actual work of fixing the system flaw, because somehow, we need to survive long enough within it, to fix it.
To do that, it is necessary to dispel doubts over whether anyone is “Smart enough”.
Hence my response to you.
For the first time in the history of humanity, we are networked, there is no shortage of availability of information to anyone, due to the internet.
The truth is, anyone can do it, given the right tools.
Right now, dare I say it, I seem to be maybe the only one with the tools, and the motivation.
The VRENAR project is my effort to that end so far.
It just needs funding, then we are well on the way to a solution.
The more funding, the quicker the solution.