USAID (The U.S. Agency for International Development) is wrongheaded. Welfare – individual or corporate, domestic or foreign – is wrongheaded. The idea from the getgo of the United Nations was naiive and nonthinking. “Sharing the wealth” ditto. America would benefit from a Bill Gates continuing to invent and innovate (creating wealth) rather than heading the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation (redistributing wealth) .
If – and both seek it – China and India achieve – say, over the next twenty-ish years – living like Americans do today, the result will be environmental catastrophe. Before that many people consume energy per capita like today’s Americans, energy sources beyond currently-known will have to be discovered and developed. Otherwise, it will be like everyone is working down in a coal mine developing black-lung disease.
We need to invent power to produce new wealth without using today’s sources of energy. We need to know whether ideal human nutrition is universal, unique to each individual, somewhere between, changing with aging.
While the idea of “developing nations” is fine and good, the very notion of so-called “developed nations” is disaster-in-the-making. It connotes having achieved everything. Nothing new to discover or invent. Schools teach “conventional wisdom”. Corporations/bureaucracies teach/train “best practices”. That is the road to ruin. Entropy.
Progressivism is about redistributing what exists. Progress is about creating what doesn’t. Progress comes from creation of markedly-new-and-breakthrough-better. Progressivism has and continues to stifle, if not kill, progress. Progressivism seeks to fix history. Progress is inventing the future, one that is game-changingly-better than the present. History is irrelevant; is, well, . . . history. If your mindset is that we must be mindful of history lest we repeat it, you are a nonplayer in technology. Conventional wisdom.
I sense – though I haven’t surveyed – that most adults know that the “common good” is the “social contract” which trumps what any individual rights or wants my selfish self might have. I, on the other hand, know that they are dead-wrong and that what they know with certainty cannot rationally and logically make sense. They feel; I think.
Subsidiarity trumps. The peak of the pyramid is the individual, below which is family, below which come friends and neighbors, then community. Society with its “common good” is at the very bottom. That said, my power and nutrition breakthroughs are least likely to come from society and second-least-likely to come from individuals. Breakthroughs are most-likely to come from handfuls or teams of half-dozenish bright thinkers collaborating.
How much for we who have been in business that we know about business is based upon the sum of what has and hasn’t worked before? Being tomorrow for what has or against what hasn’t might well both be wrong. The next Bill Gates or Jonas Salk won’t invent an operating system or polio vaccine. They already exist. What’s required is thinking, analytical, rational, logical, but creative and collaborative. Don’t follow a crowd and don’t oppose one. Just do your own thinking and brainstorm.
Since I believe in answering a question asked of me, when a grandkid or other young’n asks my advice on what to major in at college, I advise majoring in one which doesn’t exist or having a dual-major combo that will evoke laughter from all their friends. If I were asked what to do after high school as most now exist, college wouldn’t make it into my top-five. To aspiring entrepreneurs I recommend a business providing something never before seen or even contemplated, and very tough to duplicate.
When economies – so pre-America – were fixed-wealth-pie, a monopoly was the enemy of consumers. Our biases remain anti-monopoly, but are mistaken. If a start-up business becomes a monopoly by growing the wealth-pie, everyone benefits. Think Google. America was once aggressively-forward-thinking and, thus, wealth-creating. It is now bet-hedging and investment-diversifying, all to protect what we have. The two biggest culprits in causing America to be cautious pessimists rather than energetic optimists, in my opinion, are the federal administrative-regulatory-unconstitutional bureaucracy and government-operated schools. If anyone survives the latter with any ability to actually think, the former will punish the thinker into oblivion.