Skip to comments.America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America
Posted on 08/23/2013 3:11:25 PM PDT by qman
The United States of America is in crisis. The economy is supposedly in recovery, but it is the slowest and most painful economic rebound since the Great Depression. Unemployment is high and millions have dropped out of the workforce entirely. Many American families have suffered a collapse in their net worth since 2009. During the current administration, Americas debt has increased from ten trillion to sixteen trillion dollars. American businesses face a regulatory burden of well over a trillion dollars per year. Investment in start-up businesses is thwarted and innovation is far short of what it should be. The government is abusing its powers and attacking basic liberties.
All this bad news makes it easy to despair and to worry that the decline might just be permanent. But as bad as things are today and they will likely get worse for some years to come the future will be bright for the United States because we are, in fact, in a period of transformation, not decline.
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Hopeful fluff without any supporting evidence.
You forgot to add that the price of everything has gone through the roof while our income as been significantly reduced; a real double whammy.
Thank you, Obama.
He’s bullish on technology, which makes sense.
Also the “energy situation” has gone in our favor (no thanks to the fedgov) via fracking.
The big problem I see is the preponderance of the entitlement class. Also that our young folks seem content with spending 5 or 6 yrs in college on borrowed money and graduation into a “life of Julia”.
Uh I doubt it.
Wishing and hoping will not make trillions of dollars in federal debt disappear.
I’ve heard of optimism, but this is ridiculous. The writer needs to wake up and smell the coffee and get in the real world.
I would concede that the authors are correct, the strength of the American nuclear family, is historically from our inheritance from England. Why? Because we inherited the rule law from Great Britain. We inherited the idea of limited government under law according the Constitution with checks and balances and an independent and honest judiciary. All of this provided the context in which entrepreneurialism could flourish because risktakers could operate with confidence that their efforts would be rewarded and the fruits of their labors not stolen.
If you live in a third world environment, on the other hand, you cannot depend on the honesty of the local police, the local magistrate, the local zoning and land control authorities, building inspectors, etc. etc. Your assumption and expectation is that the government is corrupt and outside of the rule of law. This is not an environment in which entrepreneurialism can flourish. This is an environment in which cronyism flourishes.
The inevitable result is to render society cynical and looking toward other institutions to protect it from a predatory government, hence the extended family, and the extended, extended family, the tribe.
Welcome to the Muslim world.
Unfortunately, America risks losing its "3.0 transformation" (a singularly unfortunate choice of words) because the nuclear family is being attacked from the other end of the spectrum which is a paternalistic yet intrusive and disruptive government.
The authors' exhortation, "Similarly, structural reform should include a peace treaty in the culture wars " is naïve in the extreme as is their conclusion "cultural norms will not be imposed on a nationwide basis and communities will be allowed genuine diversity in the way they govern themselves." The authors simply do not understand the primordial impulse on the left which makes it impossible for them to participate in any such "peace treaty." They are out to "transform" society in a much more pernicious sense than the authors understand and they mean to rule or ruin.
When I read the above, my reaction was "yeah, sure". I don' t see anyone in the political environment doing any such thing. If anything, politicians are moving us closer and closer to collapse. In the end, I think you will see zero or sub-zero interest rates to sustain the Entitlement state. When I say sub-zero, I mean that people are charged a percentage of their savings for the privilege of having their principal guaranteed by the Government. In short, a wealth tax. He was on track, however, regarding the technology changes. However, this will make the Entitlement State even bigger as fewer and fewer people will have quality jobs. Thanks to technology & automation, we will need an ever shrinking fraction of the workforce to make the stuff we all need to live a modern lifestyle. The economic and social implications of that may seem positive, but they will incur a lot of misery.
Yes, the left simply can’t allow anyone to just live and be let alone. For some reason they have an overwhelming compulsion to transform everyone to be just like them. I think it is because they know they are wrong, they are miserable and want everyone else to join them to justify their miserable existence and reprobate ways.
There is only one way to deal with a viper. It isn’t reform or reason.
And with our great good luck and God’s hand, we have Ted Cruz to roll back ALL this sh*t the POS has overplayed.
Pendulums... closest analog I can paint is the Gilded Age, except without the Gilt.
Even the most ambitious, energetic and well meaning man will take a prohibitively long time to drain a swimming pool with a tea cup.
There is a quote mis-attributed to Tocqueville “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
This quote has been purloined by many modern politicians but apparently nowhere does it appear in Tocqueville’s writings.
No matter - the truth of the statement seems apparent to this observer anyway.
I think America has ceased to be good and therefore it follows that she will cease to be great.
And I’m not just referring to the obvious rot in Washington, in the halls of congress, at the White Hut, in the “think tanks” or what have you.
Common morality, decency, honor and respect have been replaced by “as long as I get mine it’s all good”. A nation cannot but deteriorate when that is the prevailing attitude.