[Rushtalk] Quite Compelling..........

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Wed Aug 21 00:47:35 MDT 2013

At 02:06 AM 8/21/2013 -0400, John A. Quayle wrote:

>America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America

Dude, there was a coup in 2001.
Didja miss it?
It started with the Richetag Fire 9-11 
and was completed with the USA Patriot Act.
Our government was created by the 
Constitution(s). Since most of the document, at 
least the parts that talk about our rights, has 
been done away with by the new laws of the new 
regime, so too the old American government is gone.
We pretend it's not, the new regime pretends it's not, but it is. Face reality!

>James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus Tuesday, August 20, 2013
>Filed under: <http://www.american.com/topics/big-ideas>Big Ideas
>America is currently in a painful transition 
>period, but once it emerges, it will be more 
>prosperous and free than ever before.
>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, America’s 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.
>Transformation not Disintegration
>America has already once made a change on the 
>scale of that which is happening now. That was 
>when it transformed itself from the rural and 
>agrarian society of the founding era ­ which we 
>call America 1.0 ­ to the urban and industrial 
>society that peaked in the mid-20th century ­ 
>which we call America 2.0. That earlier 
>transition, from roughly 1860 to 1920, was more 
>painful than most people think. Yet the 
>transformed, industrial America became the wonder of the world.
>The American political and economic regime now 
>in crisis was built for the world of America 
>2.0. Today, we are in the midst of a dramatic transition.
>The American political and economic regime now 
>in crisis was built for the world of America 
>2.0. Today, we are in the midst of a dramatic 
>transition to a new technological and political 
>configuration ­ which we call America 3.0. 
>Institutions that once looked permanent are 
>cracking at the foundations. Technology will 
>drive the transition, and the shape of future 
>technology can only be known in broad outline.
>Most importantly, the cultural foundation of 
>America, based on its unique type of family 
>life, will remain intact. This is the continuous 
>thread linking each of the three “versions” of 
>America. Our deeply rooted orientation toward 
>personal and economic freedom will allow us to 
>dismantle America 2.0 and build a better, freer, 
>and more prosperous America 3.0 in its place.
>American Exceptionalism: Based on the American Family
>American exceptionalism is based on our family 
>structure, which has the following characteristics.
>    * Individuals freely select their own 
> spouses. There are no arranged marriages and 
> very few limitations on whom a person can 
> marry; essentially, only marriage to close relatives is forbidden.
>    * Women enjoy a high degree of freedom, autonomy, and equality.
>    * Parents are free to give more or less 
> financial assistance to different children, and 
> they are not required to treat their children equally.
>    * Grown children leave their parents’ homes, 
> marry, form new households, and create new families of their own.
>    * Extended families are weak. People have no 
> right to help from relatives.
>These things seem normal to Americans, but many 
>cultures have dramatically different customs. 
>For example, in some cultures extended families 
>act as protective networks and their members 
>have a duty of loyalty and assistance to one another.
>As a result of our family structure, American 
>culture has the following characteristics.
>    * Americans Are Individualistic. The 
> American family pushes Americans to be 
> autonomous, self-reliant, and freedom-loving.
>    * Americans Value Liberty. Americans expect 
> to be on their own, choosing their own spouses, 
> making their own way in the world, and managing their own affairs.
>    * Americans Are Non-Egalitarian. Americans 
> have a comparatively low interest in economic equality.
>    * Americans Are Competitive. Americans 
> generally consider an economy with winners and 
> losers to be fair. They believe in a minimal 
> safety net compared to other communities.
>    * Americans Are Enterprising. The family has 
> been the engine of economic progress in 
> America, creating America’s well-known “go-getting” and “hustling” spirit.
>    * Americans Are Mobile. Americans form their 
> own families, acquire their own homes, and have 
> always been willing to move to where the work is.
>    * Americans Volunteer. Because Americans do 
> not have extended family networks, they have 
> formed voluntary associations as the foundation 
> of the economy and of civil society.
>    * Americans Have Middle-Class Values. Most 
> Americans, whatever their actual wealth, 
> consider themselves to be middle class, and 
> they are interested in public order and safety 
> for their families and property.
>    * Americans Have an Instrumental View of 
> Government. They see the government as a tool 
> to accomplish things that benefit them and 
> protect the interests of the middle class.
>These factors led to one of America’s greatest 
>achievements: the creation of suburbia. A house 
>that fits one family and provides some comfort 
>and privacy is the heart of the American dream.
>We guesstimate that by 2040, America 3.0 will be 
>in full flower. The painful transition period will be over.
>Where did these cultural patterns come from? The 
>short answer: England. America inherited its 
>family structure from its mother country. It has 
>been a critical factor in many of the political, 
>legal, economic, and cultural developments in 
>England, and then in America, for 1,500 years.
>America 1.0, America 2.0
>When English practices were transplanted to 
>North America, the settlers simplified them into 
>a versatile template to convert expanses of raw 
>land into new, functioning, self-governing 
>communities. Soon after their arrival, Americans 
>were able to act as citizens, jurors, 
>legislators, militiamen, congregation members, and entrepreneurs.
>The Declaration of Independence and the 
>Constitution are justly famous, but the Founders 
>also provided a clear legal framework for the 
>division of North America into real estate 
>parcels sufficient to support English-style 
>families. As a result, in early America millions 
>of ordinary people achieved a prosperous and 
>self-sufficient life. This was America 1.0, a 
>world of family farms, small businesses, small towns, and limited government.
>The Civil War launched America into a new age: 
>one of a modern industrial economy, big cities, 
>big railroads, big factories, and big businesses 
>employing thousands of workers. This was America 2.0.
>Revolutionary changes swept through American 
>life, providing benefits to many but also 
>removing most Americans’ capacity to be 
>self-sufficient. Middle-class American life came 
>to mean getting a “good job.” Millions of 
>Americans suffered severe hardship during the 
>frequent economic panics and downturns. The 
>Great Depression was the great turning point, 
>leading to the New Deal and to a permanently 
>larger role for the federal government. 
>President Johnson’s Great Society and President 
>Nixon’s expansion of the regulatory state 
>further solidified the growth of government power.
>In recent years, American government has become 
>increasingly dysfunctional and crushingly 
>expensive. Moreover, it is failing to fulfill 
>many of its most basic obligations. The America 
>2.0 template no longer fits and no longer works.
>The Emergence of America 3.0
>As the 2.0 state fails, we are seeing increasing 
>awareness, urgency, and activism in response to 
>a deepening crisis. The emerging America 3.0 
>will reverse several key characteristics of the 
>2.0 state: decentralization versus 
>centralization; diversity and voluntarism rather 
>than compulsion and uniformity; emergent 
>solutions from markets and voluntary networks 
>rather than top-down, elite-driven commands. 
>Strong opposition to the rise of America 3.0 is 
>inevitable, including heavy-handed, abusive, and 
>authoritarian attempts to prop up the existing 
>order. But this “doubling down” approach is 
>doomed. It is incompatible with both the 
>emerging technology and the underlying cultural 
>framework that will predominate in America 3.0.
>This 'Big Haircut' will likely require a one 
>time, across the board debt restructuring, 
>accompanied with realistic measures to get 
>entitlements under control and unleash American 
>productivity. The danger is being too timid or 
>too tardy, not in being too bold.
>Political change is likely to lead to real 
>policy change in the governance of America. The 
>existing system is likely to be replaced by 
>pro-growth laws and regulations that will lead 
>to a vibrant and growing economy. A key theme of 
>any such policy proposals will be a radical 
>decentralization of power to increase the 
>options of individuals, families, businesses, 
>communities, and states to choose their own 
>paths. Economic regulation and taxation will 
>vary across jurisdictions, permitting Americans 
>to select the regime they want to live under. 
>Historically, this type of “regulatory 
>arbitrage” has been a great force for freedom and prosperity.
>A major first step for successful reform must be 
>the creation of an open and accountable process 
>to unwind current government obligations at all 
>levels, with protection to the extent possible 
>for older Americans who have relied on 
>government promises. This “Big Haircut” will 
>likely require a one time, across the board debt 
>restructuring, accompanied with realistic 
>measures to get entitlements under control and 
>unleash American productivity. The danger lies 
>in being too timid or too tardy, not in being too bold.
>Similarly, structural reform should include a 
>“peace treaty” in the culture wars. In the 
>future, cultural norms will not be imposed on a 
>nationwide basis and communities will be allowed 
>genuine diversity in the way they govern 
>themselves. This will allow true diversity and a 
>full range of options, so that the 400 million 
>Americans of tomorrow can pursue their happiness 
>freely. This is what our Founders intended.
>America 3.0’s reforms will come to pass in the 
>coming years because they are consistent with 
>the technological changes that are undermining 
>the employment and manufacturing foundations of 
>America 2.0, or what is left of it in the 
>private sector. Just as 1.0 institutions no 
>longer met the needs of the industrialized 
>America of 1913, 2.0 solutions are failing the 
>emerging 3.0 America today. America is fortunate 
>to have deep-rooted social characteristics that 
>are inherently compatible with the needs of the emerging 3.0 society.
>A New Morning
>We guesstimate that by 2040, America 3.0 will be 
>in full flower. The painful transition period 
>will be over and 400 million Americans will be 
>living in a prosperous and free society marked 
>by rapid and exciting technological change. We 
>anticipate many such changes, including:
>    * Network technology will allow us to work 
> anywhere, and with anyone, remotely. 
> Individual- and family-scale businesses will be 
> far more common and immensely more productive.
>    * Driverless cars and other innovations in 
> transportation will revolutionize how we travel 
> and where we live and work, allowing us to 
> disperse across the continent into exurban and semi-rural living.
>    * 3D printing and related technologies will 
> lead to an “internet of atoms” with localized 
> and even in-home manufacturing. There will be a 
> manufacturing renaissance in the United States 
> and the factory floor will be everywhere.
>    * Medical technology will transform health 
> care, with great gains in health and longevity 
> achieved through enhanced diagnostics, 
> custom-tailored drugs, and fewer medical emergencies.
>    * Education will be delivered through a 
> variety of media and methods, and traditional 
> brick and mortar schools will be far less important than they are today.
>There will be a manufacturing renaissance in the 
>United States and the factory floor will be everywhere.
>The foregoing are only a few, rather 
>conservative, guesses about the future economy. 
>Moore’s Law will remain in effect, allowing 
>technologies we cannot even imagine today. We 
>can only guess what productive breakthroughs lie 
>a few decades before us, waiting to be awakened 
>by the creative powers of the American people.
>Without some sort of major shock, external or 
>self-inflicted, an unreformed America might 
>drift on for quite a while ­ certainly another 
>25 or 30 years ­ without facing and tackling the 
>fundamental problems facing it. The institutions 
>of America 2.0 can survive a while longer by 
>borrowing irresponsibly, defaulting silently on 
>creditors through inflation, squeezing taxpayers 
>with more thorough intrusion and coercion, 
>confiscating the private savings of Americans in 
>the guise of “rescuing” them, eating our seed 
>corn by confiscating medical facilities and 
>running them down without proper reinvestment, 
>and in general stripping and looting the country.
>But the political and economic model we now live 
>under cannot go on forever. Some shock may force 
>reform. Let us hope disaster doesn’t strike 
>before we can replace and rebuild our current 
>rickety system. The best course would be for the 
>American people to find the will and the leadership to build something better.
>We will get through the painful transition to a 
>new economic and technological age, as we have 
>done before. And the bedrock of our 
>freedom-loving and hard-working culture will 
>remain, evolving but continuous, as it has for over a thousand years.
>James C. Bennett is a writer and entrepreneur 
>who has written extensively on technology, 
>culture, and society. Michael J. Lotus writes as 
>“Lexington Green” for the Chicago Boyz blog on 
>history, politics, and books. He practices law in Chicago.
>FURTHER READING: Arthur C. Brooks asks 
>Are You Optimistic About America’s Future?” and 
>Charles Murray writes 
>The Europe Syndrome and Challenges to American 
>Exceptionalism.” Josh Good looks at 
>Rediscovering American Exceptionalism,” James 
>Pethokoukis blogs 
>The Washington Post (and Obama) says ‘America 
>Needs to Get Used to Slower Growth.’ No, It Does 
>Not!” but Michael Auslin calls this 
>The Age of Reduced Expectations.”
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Paf Dvorak


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