America Is Behind Social Development

by Jay Deragon on 02/21/2010

Industrial Revolution cartoon

America, the wealthiest nation on the earth, or it used to be.

In the 200 year history of the United States of America the capitalist system created industries, wealth, leaders, politicians and social capital leveraged around the globe.

First we built things and others consumed what we produced. The others produced things and we consumed what they built. Every supporting system was designed around production and consumption. Education, health care, manufacturing, government and society followed the mindset of either produce or consume. Everything was good for a while then things changed. The global economy changed. Technology changed, society change and politics went on as usual. In essence we are falling behind our social development because intentions have changed.

Time to Move On

Dan Robles writes: America is stuck in the Industrial Revolution. A loose paraphrase from Seth Godin points out “our entire education system is designed to prepare people to work in factories, consume stuff, and believe this makes us happy”

Now that the factories are gone and the rest of the World has copied all of our tricks (while not copying our mistakes) it is time to move on. What is that next watershed economic paradigm? Who is going to figure this one out? The one who does will define the new meaning of “A Most Developed Country”

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