FROM 9/11 TO 3.0
Today, September 11, is a day of sobering remembrance for all Americans. It is our current generations’ Day of Infamy, when thousands of our fellow Americans were murdered by Moslem barbarians.
The perpetrators of our previous generations’ Day of Infamy of December 7, 1941 – the Japanese – are no longer the barbarians they were during World War II. They live in peace with the world, and are genuinely our friends and allies.
Americans do not want to carry grudges. We bear none towards the Japanese today, and it is our hope that we will be able to so with Moslems, when they choose to live in peace with the world, rather than hating us for being infidels.
It is not hate that motivates Americans, it is hope and optimism for the future. For the past four+ years, however, this quintessentially American perspective has been lost as our country suffers the Curse of Zero — which Americans inflicted upon themselves in a spasm of masochism by electing a man who hated them and their country.
On this 12th anniversary of the Moslem Atrocity of 9/11, our problems seem worse than ever. The federal government has metastasized into a cancer that many consider terminal for our country’s existence. Tens of millions of us have given up hope of ever finding a job again – while millions more just starting out in their twenties have never had a job at all.
The problems seem so numerous and insuperable that many of us have given up on America’s future. Most horrifying is that this is what Zero wants, the destruction of America’s future is his goal. The more we suffer, the more he gloats, laughing in our faces as he plays another round of golf and Mrs. Zero is treated as royalty, going off on another multi-million dollar vacation.
And all the while, his corrupt corporatist cronies, like those at Solyandra, make hundreds of millions.
So it is only appropriate that we commemorate this day by committing ourselves to creating a new America that will conquer the Curse of Zero, and reclaim our future of optimism.
The good news is that this creation is already well underway. There’s a blueprint for it and the foundation is being laid.
There is an astounding new book out that I couldn’t encourage you more to read. It’s America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century – Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, by James Bennett and Michael Lotus.
At the outset, the authors make it clear they are oversimplifying a vast amount of data and using a software metaphor to do so.
"America 1.0" is the original, rural and agrarian, embodying Jeffersonian individualism. This lasted from the first British settlers in the early 1600s to 1860 and the Civil War. It’s the America de Tocqueville described in the 1830s, and hardly had much government at all.
"America 2.0" was the original’s transformation into an industrial, urbanized society dominated by gargantuan units – big cities, big corporations, big labor unions, and most of all, big government.
This transformation reached its apotheosis of success with FDR, America’s victory in WWII, and the 1950s. It’s been failing ever since 2.0 "finally reached beyond its grasp" with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society welfare programs in the 1960s.
Now with Zero (although the authors never mention his name with one ironic exception), America 2.0 has reached an apotheosis of failure. America’s government is today "in a state of decay reminiscent of the Brezhnev period of the Soviet Union," run by "apparatchiks with no new ideas, repeating the same clichés and failed policies, unaware their system was doomed."
The authors are not Pollyannic, recognizing that 2.0 will not die for some time, and that the transition to 3.0 will be really difficult. Yet what we have now is unsustainable. It is dying and cannot be revived, no matter how much Democrats wish to.
"America 3.0" is the refitting of our institutions to a post-industrial, networked, decentralized society, with a more individualistic, voluntarist, anti-bureaucratic culture.
This is what we are undeniably moving towards now, technologically and economically. The most interesting argument of the authors is that 3.0 is more deeply rooted in our underlying culture than 2.0.
This underlying culture is not 1.0 but what made 1.0 possible. It is America’s "defining cultural element that makes us different from the rest of the world… the unique American style of family life," which first emerged in Saxon England well over a thousand years ago.
Conservatives who advocate "family values" have little idea of how unusual the American nuclear family is compared to the rest of the world. And libertarians fail to understand how it provides the historical foundations of the liberty they prize.
Thus the authors’ argument is based on fully documented history and anthropology. They argue that this ancient pattern of our culture and family life will provide the strength to "ride out the dissolution of America 2.0 successfully, and build a superior iteration in its place."
It’s a quite remarkable argument, and is far more complex than this simple summary. It will fill your brain with new thoughts and a better understanding of America’s history. It will provide you with a grounding for an optimism about America we want to have but for which we are afraid there isn’t much hope.
If I have a criticism, it would be that the authors fail to mention the most obvious technological-economic sign that 2.0 is being replaced by 3.0 before our eyes in defiance of the Moocher-Parasite-Ecoluddite culture: fracking. It is transforming our economy despite Zero’s best efforts to ignore or block it.
Wind-solar-renewables are so 2.0 obsolete. Thanks to fracking of gas and oil, America is soon going to be the world’s largest energy producer and energy independent. It is the game-changer economically as the major job-producer, and politically as it destroys Zero’s efforts to make evermore of us dependent on government.
The task before us today is "to wrap up the 2.0 legacy state." The book is the blueprint for moving America from 9/11 to 3.0.
And now I must go, as I’m racing to get on a plane for Peking. (The Chicoms insist we call their capital Beijing, so it always brings a smile to my face when I see the three-letter airport code as PEK. IATA, the outfit that assigns the codes, did so in 1958 when the airport opened and it was still called Peking. IATA won’t change it, so why should I?)
I’ve got to meet my fellow TTPers joining me on Hidden China. I’ll be keeping you posted wherever I am, while TTP will be in Miko’s and Jack Kelly’s capable hands. And remember on this day, America will triumph over this Day of Infamy and the Curse of Zero. Our problems are not insuperable, and our country’s best days are to come.