By Mihai Nadin

After WWII, the area entered a part of utmost dynamics. the united states outpaced all different international locations. greater than 50 years later, it now not has the novel esprit that led to its hegemony. nonetheless, the United States of the knowledge revolution continues to be the world’s purely superpower. yet because the necessity of switch, expressed in numerous systemic crises, sped up, the us fell into styles of reactive politics just like those who ended in the downfall of the Soviet Union. knowledgeable extra by means of the earlier upon which glossy the United States was once erected, this present day the united states is now in a reactionary mode, usually opposed to commitment to her personal welfare, freedom, and chance.
Taking the rewards of swap with no consideration, american citizens don't understand—as the Soviets didn't understand—what switch includes. staring at into the rear-view reflect (of faith, background, politics, financial system) within the desire of seeing the place switch may 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 innovative disempowerment. The stupidity of dwelling a lifetime of fake expectancies and skewed values is wonderful for a society emphasizing info and data. including entitlement, corruption, and opportunistic engineering of truth, stupidity is the end 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 remarkable growth in expertise 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 strong shape an aristocracy that believes that money, privilege, the simplest of every little thing is theirs by means of correct. The terrible, frequently the recipients of social welfare, internalize as an everlasting correct transitority reduction meant to assist conquer problems. among the extremes, the social continuum is dotted with a variety of entitlements in schooling (as insufficient because it is), enterprise (focused on revenue and consumption), and monetary innovation (entrusted to speculators). the proper to leisure arches over society, contributing to its elevated mediocrity.
•Corruption displays the truth that the USA used to be based no longer as a state yet as an financial system. This interprets into 1) a central authority in servitude to the economic system; and a couple of) a shopper profile with out civic measurement. lacking is the feel of accountability with out which freedom is incomprehensible.
•Engineering truth describes the method wherein realities are conceived and produced in line with comfort and opportunistic predicaments. ambitions (the correct to hold hands, a home for everybody, loose contraceptives, etc.) sanctify the ability. 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 the entire humans, not just the few who known as themselves “We the People.” Its objective will be to supply a starting place for all times and paintings less than situations of quick swap. In an built-in global of possibilities and hazards 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 conditions of quick cycles of discovery and innovation, freedom and chance consequence from expert engagement, no longer from indulgence on the fee of the remainder of humankind. the method of remaking the US also will remake american citizens, as accountable electorate of the realm. Addressing sustainability isn't like being addicted shoppers awaiting extra prosperity at regardless of whose expense.

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