Are You Stupid? - A Second Revolution Might Save America by Mihai Nadin

By Mihai Nadin

After WWII, the area entered a section of maximum dynamics. the united states outpaced all different nations. greater than 50 years later, it now not has the novel esprit that caused its hegemony. nonetheless, the United States of the data revolution is still the world’s basically superpower. yet because the necessity of swap, expressed in various systemic crises, sped up, the us fell into styles of reactive politics just like those who resulted in the downfall of the Soviet Union. knowledgeable extra via the earlier upon which glossy the US used to be erected, at the present time america is now in a reactionary mode, usually opposed to commitment to her personal welfare, freedom, and chance.
Taking the rewards of switch with no consideration, american citizens don't understand—as the Soviets didn't understand—what swap includes. staring at into the rear-view reflect (of faith, background, politics, economic system) within the desire of seeing the place swap may take them, they get the appearance that they're within the driver’s seat. within the such a lot individualistic society on the earth, the person is topic to revolutionary disempowerment. The stupidity of residing a lifetime of fake expectancies and skewed values is remarkable for a society emphasizing details and data. including entitlement, corruption, and opportunistic engineering of fact, stupidity is the result of complicated chance with systemic risk.
•Stupidity corresponds to dumbing-down around the social spectrum. Human personality and power are actively eroded regardless of astounding development in expertise and technological know-how. Values are twisted, confusion is cultivated, self-delusion informs offerings.
•Entitlement is excessive on the extremes of the social continuum. the rich and robust shape an aristocracy that believes that money, privilege, the simplest of every little thing is theirs via correct. The terrible, usually the recipients of social welfare, internalize as an everlasting correct transitority reduction meant to assist triumph over problems. among the extremes, the social continuum is dotted with a variety of entitlements in schooling (as insufficient because it is), enterprise (focused on revenue and consumption), and monetary innovation (entrusted to speculators). the ideal to leisure arches over society, contributing to its elevated mediocrity.
•Corruption displays the truth that the United States used to be based now not as a state yet as an economic system. This interprets into 1) a central authority in servitude to the economic system; and a couple of) a shopper profile without civic measurement. lacking is the experience of accountability with out which freedom is incomprehensible.
•Engineering fact describes the method during which realities are conceived and produced in line with comfort and opportunistic predicaments. pursuits (the correct to hold fingers, a home for everybody, unfastened contraceptives, etc.) sanctify the potential. frequently, theories create “realities.” “Truths” (such as attainable threats) are built to slot preconceived plans (e.g. wars).

The united states used to be based in a global extra just like the first century than the twenty first, and the Constitution—its working manual—reflects this fact. A “second American Revolution”— no longer of pitchforks, yet of principles—means a moment conference, this time consultant of all of the humans, not just the few who known as themselves “We the People.” Its target will be to supply a beginning for all times and paintings less than conditions of quick switch. In an built-in global of possibilities and dangers linked to the worldwide details age, american citizens must struggle their very own stupidity, rather than combating the area they rely on for retaining their prosperity. lower than situations of speedy cycles of discovery and innovation, freedom and chance consequence from trained engagement, no longer from indulgence on the cost of the remainder of humankind. the method of remaking the US also will remake americans, as accountable voters of the realm. Addressing sustainability isn't the same as being addicted shoppers awaiting extra prosperity at irrespective of whose expense.

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