Sao Paulo, Brazil is one of the largest cities in the world with 20,000,000 inhabitants. Brazil just elected a president but the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest which is responsible, along with a drought, for drying up the city's reservoirs, was not a campaign issue. Tom Friedman wonders if we will ever get our politicians to deal with serious issues. I'm sure that the the performance of Brazil's soccer team in the World Cup was a national disaster that received a lot of attention, but running out of water in Sao Paulo is second order event in the eyes of the public and the politicians.
By the way, although the bulk of this article was about Sao Paulo, the title of the article signaled Friedman's new theme. He is now concerned about our "fast world" which is defined by three major laws which will bring huge changes in how we live. They are not on the radar of our political system.