There will be no grandchildren. millennials and zoomers aren't having kids, and aren't going to. How does this affect the world?
This has something to do with economic modernization. Since the late 1700s, modernized societies increasingly prioritize work and leisure over reproduction. Maybe it's just the obvious: institutions that eat the seed corn win.
All modernized populations that don't specifically and deliberately maintain institutional power against it, and even most of those, undergo the demographic transition.
The best way to get to sanity in public discourse is sanity in how we understand what the limits should be.
Right now the limits of public discourse are set by a chaotic process that no one likes because the alternative is no limits at all.
This should be the key takeaway from discussions of censorship: the power isn't going anywhere. The demand and moral high ground for some censorship isn't going anywhere. What censorship is good and why?
Grab the issue firmly and actually try to answer the question.
You, a "Scientist": I have carefully worked within established frameworks to advance our knowledge slightly. More research is needed.
Sir Isaac Newton, noted weirdo: here, I used math to describe gravity to prove my own weird metaphysical heresy. Brb studying secret bible codes.
All intellectual progress is driven by weirdos with obscure grievances against normal society who are wrong 90% of the time, but uniquely right 10% of the time.
This is very difficult for relatively normal and respectable people to understand. If we admitted that those weirdos we exclude are actually the instruments of progress, our class position is threatened! So we creatively identify ourselves with past heretics, but not current ones
When Japan talks about their peaceful nuclear program, they are sure to mention how much plutonium they have, and how successful their rocket program has been. They want you to know how close they are.
Progress in civilization is largely denser forms of energy and power generation. Renewables are too low-density, and thus high-impact. An individual's lifetime energy use can fit in a few kilograms of uranium. Very low actual waste.