People of a shared ethnicity individuate tactically and aggregate strategically.
The future described in these pages over the last several years is coming true in spades. The prime forces acting in accidental synchrony are the rampant advance of technologies, and the profoundly incompetent Obama administration that now rules through a camarilla of perfidious bureaucrats. The result is growing global chaos and an underclass emerging from systemic unemployment accelerated by misguided rules that accelerate substituting machines for human labor. The real news is that this ‘news’ is finally being picked up in the mass media and grudgingly accompanied by the lamestream which has always been the public apologist and mouthpiece of the Left.
Here I want to bring together four contemporary examples of such lightbulbs going off to illuminate that small part of the public forum that is still made up of ‘people of information’, a delightfully appropriate expression that was introduced in the first half of the 19th century. These consist of the featured essay on the world economy in the 4oct14 Economist entitled ‘The third great wave’, a comprehensive report that recognizes the information and knowledge technology revolution which now succeeds its predecessors – the early 19th century Industrial Revolution and the unnamed electro-mechanical revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We see these waves of disruption and invention in a global context as reported by Stratfor’s Robert Kaplan in a major essay entitled ‘Super Chaos’ that brings together and focuses our attention on an historical confluence of worldwide disorder and mayhem that is missed by the auto-distracted masses. In all this there are still some like the leftwing political scientist William Galston of the Brookings Institution who sees slim shimmers of light in an otherwise darkening tunnel as espoused in his hopelessly hopeful 8oct14 WSJ piece, ‘How to Stoke the Middle-Class Comeback’.
My purpose here is not to drag the reader through the long laundry list of arguments that support the early revelations posted here, but simply to highlight the corroborations of an existential worldview that is uncomfortably ignored by most sitting politicians and world leaders.
The Economist strongly acknowledges the reality that was detailed in Tyler Cowen’s Average is Over (2013), George Gilder’s Knowledge and Power (2013), and Charles Murray’s Coming Apart (2012), all covered here in previous posts. Much data is presented on the growing unemployment problem in the developed world due to three driving factors – 1) government regulations making the hiring/firing of humans more difficult and expensive, 2) rapid dating of workers’ skill sets, and 3) the acceleration of technology, specifically in the surge of all types of smart machines and robots. The Economist sees that government is critical to solving and ameliorating all three factors by reducing red tape, spending more on educating redundant workers, and easing the establishment of smaller businesses that take advantage of new information and fabrication technologies.