I am a little upset with discussions that imply that the richest 1% has control over maintaining or changing the course of the human condition.
This simple thought experiment should put that fantasy to rest.
If an alien spaceship arrived at earth and offered that 1 percent
a ride to a new planet that was far advanced in providing goods and
services and intellectual challenge or freedom of religion than ours and
they all went with great joy, and
left the rest of us here on earth,
it would not significantly change the existing human predicament
1) No matter what sub-group is selected for departure,
2) if most of earth's population left, leaving only a very small number
3) unwinding the human predicament depends on a collective where:
4) Our challenge remains,