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

By Mihai Nadin

After WWII, the realm entered a part of maximum dynamics. the us outpaced all different international locations. greater than 50 years later, it now not has the novel esprit that caused its hegemony. nonetheless, the United States of the knowledge revolution is still the world’s simply superpower. yet because the necessity of swap, expressed in a number of systemic crises, speeded up, the us fell into styles of reactive politics just like those who resulted in the downfall of the Soviet Union. knowledgeable extra through the previous upon which sleek the United States was once erected, at the present time the united states is now in a reactionary mode, frequently opposed to commitment to her personal welfare, freedom, and chance.
Taking the rewards of switch with no consideration, americans don't understand—as the Soviets didn't understand—what switch includes. observing into the rear-view reflect (of faith, historical past, politics, economic system) within the desire of seeing the place swap may well take them, they get the semblance that they're within the driver’s seat. within the so much individualistic society in the world, the person is topic to revolutionary disempowerment. The stupidity of residing a lifetime of fake expectancies and skewed values is incredible for a society emphasizing info and information. 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 fabulous growth in expertise and technology. Values are twisted, confusion is cultivated, self-delusion informs offerings.
•Entitlement is excessive on the extremes of the social continuum. the rich and strong shape an aristocracy that believes that money, privilege, the easiest of every thing is theirs by way of correct. The bad, frequently the recipients of social welfare, internalize as an enduring correct transitority reduction meant to assist conquer problems. among the extremes, the social continuum is dotted with a number of entitlements in schooling (as insufficient because it is), company (focused on revenue and consumption), and fiscal innovation (entrusted to speculators). the ideal to leisure arches over society, contributing to its elevated mediocrity.
•Corruption displays the truth that the USA was once based now not as a country yet as an financial system. This interprets into 1) a central authority in servitude to the economic climate; and a couple of) a client profile with out civic measurement. lacking is the experience of accountability with out which freedom is incomprehensible.
•Engineering truth describes the method during which realities are conceived and produced in response to comfort and opportunistic predicaments. pursuits (the correct to hold fingers, a home for everybody, loose contraceptives, etc.) sanctify the capacity. 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 an international extra just like the first century than the twenty first, and the Constitution—its working manual—reflects this truth. 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 referred to as themselves “We the People.” Its aim could be to supply a origin for all times and paintings lower than situations of quick swap. In an built-in international of possibilities and dangers linked to the worldwide info age, americans must struggle their very own stupidity, rather than battling the area they rely on for conserving their prosperity. below situations of speedy cycles of discovery and innovation, freedom and chance consequence from trained engagement, no longer from indulgence on the rate of the remainder of humankind. the method of remaking the USA also will remake americans, as dependable electorate of the area. Addressing sustainability isn't like being addicted shoppers awaiting extra prosperity at regardless of whose expense.

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