Most individuals have an innate sense that today will be much the same as yesterday and tomorrow will be much the same as today. They are not concerned with events outside their immediate experience and control. Looking into the future is an exercise in extending the past while allowing for the constancy of change and the possibility of a “Black Swan” unpredictable event. Few ask the follow-up question, “what then?”
So my starting point is to compile a list of issues that affect me, my family, my community, my nation, and the world in general – and adjust on a time horizon. Simplifying issues to matters of natural law and human nature are long-term constants underlying all change. Then comes an effort to streamline issues into elemental components and link them to competing powers.
My list of concerns is in alphabetical order, although I usually consider the issues randomly and use mind-mapping software to illustrate linkages.
- American unification, national optimism?
- Black swan events, by definition, are unpredictable, meteor strikes, global volcanic disruption?
- Corporate power, transnational corporate allegiance, offshoring, the use of slave labor?
- Criminal justice, federalizing state laws, violent crime, demonizing law enforcement, capital punishment?
- Dissatisfaction, disunity, national apathy, malaise?
- Drugs, legal and illegal?
- Economics, monetary policy, inflation, spending, national debt?
- Education, quality, funding, revision or cancelation of history by censorship, cancellation, or mythology?
- Energy policy, energy independence, energy reliability, energy costs, grid vulnerability?
- Environment, pollution, climate sciences, adaptation?
- Healthcare, affordability, pandemic prevention, biosafety, insurance?
- Immigration and national sovereignty?
- Infrastructure, repair, replacement, build-out?
- Media credibility, reliability, censorship, and cancellation of opposition voices, malfeasance, disinformation, misinformation?
- Intermediaries who facilitate transactions and remove systemic friction?
- Political corruption in government, education, elections, election integrity, politics, corrupt political parties, lack of leadership?
- Power dynamics and conflicts, class warfare, capitalism vs. socialism, conservatism vs. progressivism, elitism vs. populism?
- Racial justice, teaching racism, racial division?
- Religious freedoms, decline of ethics?
- Self-protection, Second Amendment. Gun control?
- Sexual politics, sexualizing children?
- Speculators, who embrace chaos and volatility, produce nothing but profit by an informed gamble on future outcomes?
- Technology, domestic surveillance, and privacy?
- Unionization as a vector of destruction, communism, and political corruption?
- War, military strength, national security, terrorism, vulnerability to bio-warfare, and chemical and radiological agents?
- Water policy, agribusiness, environmental diversion, catchment, containment, distribution, vulnerability?
- Welfare systems, poverty, homelessness, affirmative action, redevelopment, urban decay, lack of auditability?
- World affairs, foreign wars, wealth re-distribution?
Simplification, the basics…
(1) Most individuals are tribal by nature, trusting or liking similarities and wary of differences that may pose a threat.
(2) Most individuals first seek membership in the tribe and then elevation in the tribe’s hierarchy.
(3) Hierarchal position is denoted by a power relation over other individuals and control over assets.
(4) Totemic symbols, which vary from tribe to tribe, are the visible representation of standing, power, and wealth.
(5) Assets are always owned or controlled by others, and the quest is to transfer ownership to yourself or your tribe by war, coercion, chicanery, or commerce.
(6) The struggle between competing interests is a given even if, in polite society, it is not a topic of conversation.
(7) All things, including individuals, have a price.
Rejiggering the list…
So what are the most critical issues as we move toward the future?
(1) An honest media to report the facts and conditions as they are without narrative replacing news.
(2) Reducing political corruption by investigating and prosecuting politicians who violate the system or put their needs above those of the nation first and their constituency second.
(3) Diminishing the power of monopolistic gatekeepers who present predetermined choices as the illusion of choice.
(4) Controlling our sovereignty and protecting our American values from dilution by those willing to live off the system rather than contribute to the system while being self-sufficient.
(5) Prioritizing spending and curbing waste, fraud, abuse, and politically-directed pork projects.
(6) Overcoming apathy and reestablishing an educational system that reinforces American values, namely, individualism, integrity, self-sufficiency, and self-reliance.
(7) Limiting the federal government’s powers to those enumerated in the Constitution, which a Fifth Amendment Convention of the States should update.
(8) Eliminating public employee unions.
Timing and endpoints...
Endpoints are easy to define as semantic word pairs. Trends are relatively easy to observe. However, our present location in the continuum and the timing of events are best left to those with a crystal ball. The other factor other than continual change is entropy, the tendency of a closed system to move from order to disorder over time.
Hitting the reset button…
Bad news! There is no reset button, and any reform efforts will take, at the minimum, two decades to achieve results. Our world and nation may not be the same, but the goal is to preserve traditional American values.
As I have said on many occasions, we are so screwed. And it is up to “We the People,” not our representatives, to change our system and its leadership who purports to represent us.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS