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By Mihai Nadin

After WWII, the realm entered a part of utmost dynamics. the us outpaced all different international locations. greater than 50 years later, it now not has the unconventional esprit that caused its hegemony. nonetheless, the USA of the knowledge revolution is still the world’s merely superpower. yet because the necessity of switch, expressed in a number of systemic crises, sped up, america fell into styles of reactive politics just like those who ended in the downfall of the Soviet Union. expert extra through the previous upon which sleek the US used to be erected, this day the united states is now in a reactionary mode, frequently opposed to commitment to her personal welfare, freedom, and chance.
Taking the rewards of swap with no consideration, americans don't understand—as the Soviets didn't understand—what swap involves. looking at into the rear-view replicate (of faith, heritage, politics, economic system) within the desire of seeing the place switch may possibly take them, they get the semblance 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 astounding 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 capability are actively eroded regardless of unbelievable development in know-how 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 cash, privilege, the easiest of every little thing is theirs by way of correct. The bad, frequently the recipients of social welfare, internalize as an enduring correct transitority relief meant to assist triumph over problems. among the extremes, the social continuum is dotted with numerous entitlements in schooling (as insufficient because it is), enterprise (focused on revenue and consumption), and monetary innovation (entrusted to speculators). the best to leisure arches over society, contributing to its elevated mediocrity.
•Corruption displays the truth that the US used to be based no longer as a kingdom yet as an economic climate. This interprets into 1) a central authority in servitude to the economic system; and a couple of) a client profile without civic measurement. lacking is the experience of accountability with out which freedom is incomprehensible.
•Engineering fact describes the method wherein realities are conceived and produced in response to comfort and opportunistic predicaments. ambitions (the correct to hold palms, a home for everybody, loose contraceptives, etc.) sanctify the capacity. frequently, theories create “realities.” “Truths” (such as attainable threats) are developed to slot preconceived plans (e.g. wars).

The united states was once based in a global extra just like the first century than the twenty first, and the Constitution—its working manual—reflects this truth. A “second American Revolution”— now not of pitchforks, yet of principles—means a moment conference, this time consultant of the entire humans, not just the few who known as themselves “We the People.” Its target could be to supply a starting place for all times and paintings less than situations of quickly switch. In an built-in international of possibilities and hazards linked to the worldwide details age, americans must struggle their very own stupidity, rather than struggling with the realm they depend upon for keeping their prosperity. below conditions of speedy cycles of discovery and innovation, freedom and chance end result from expert engagement, no longer from indulgence on the rate of the remainder of humankind. the method of remaking the USA also will remake americans, as in charge electorate of the area. Addressing sustainability isn't the same as being addicted shoppers anticipating extra prosperity at regardless of whose expense.

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