The last 6 years or so have been deeply transmorphic for me as far as politics, social sensibility, division, and personal philosophy are concerned.
The realities of a changing and technologically hyper-progressive world have forced me to reevaluate many of my former positions. The game has changed
and I have to change too.
Despite optimism brought on by the successful presidency of Donald J. Trump and an excellent economy, I still feel like we're working our way toward a
dystopian future. One where we are outfitted in high technology, ruled over by massive corporations, terrorized by mafias and political extremists.
Couple all of this with an underclass in the major metropolitan areas and it's a recipe for a cyberpunk story.
The problem is that much of it is happening today. It's a force, like electromagnetism. It permeates our entire society and it is changing the very
basis of what it means to be human. This is a dynamic far beyond the reaches of standard politics and economics as we see them today. We have to
change something. Regardless of what political avenues we hail from, there are some serious technical issues we have to address if we are to move
forward and avoid this future I see coming.
The problems we have as I view them are as follows:
1-We have allowed a few extremely powerful corporations to control the internet itself, the speech allowed on the internet, and soon the money allowed
on the internet (Facebook Libra), and who can buy and sell.
2-We have an identitarian left-wing that is tearing at the center from the fringes of society. The left has already ripped away from the center so
much so that what is considered "moderate" on the left is socialism and open borders. On top of that, they have Antifa roaming the streets beating the
crap out of anyone who doesn't comply with their demands and has been shown to be willing to engage in outright terrorism.
The right is not immune to this. My fear is that the pendulum will swing too far to the right and the identitarians on the right, coupled with
right-wing neocons, will create the conditions for warfare abroad and fundamentalist suppression at home. They too have thugs on the streets engaging
in violence with Antifa and view themselves as "defenders of the republic" as they continue to be part of the problem.
3-Foreign pressures continue to force us to face the specter of nuclear warfare, ignorance of Islam continues to put us in precarious positions as we
import more and more incompatible cultures into our nations.
4-Artificial intelligence and automation will displace millions of workers. The estimates as to how long it will take to fully automate the vast
majority of the economy range from 10 to 50 years. Regardless, that process has ALREADY started and will continue to accelerate at a rate commensurate
with Moore's Law. Except for Andrew Yang, very few people are actually publicly addressing this.
His idea is a UBI, I disagree but that isn't the real issue. The real issue is that this needs to be seriously talked about and the fact that both
democrats and republicans are ignoring what Yang is actually saying is very distressing to me. Leftists focus on the "free money from the government
idea", and ignore the reasons Yang states for wanting a UBI. I do not believe it is the right approach, but it does address the right problem.
5-We have such a deeply biased and uncritical news media that it is wounding our representative republic in ways we don't even understand yet. Fox,
CNN, MSNBC, and the new garbage woke "news" media online are all part of this cabal of garbage and propaganda. This is making it impossible to have a
conversation on many of these deeply important topics. We have to demand better.
6-I have to change. My level of discourse has not always risen to the level required to adequately address the problems I identified above. I must do
better because if I do not then I cannot expect change from anyone else. When I led soldiers I always told them to lead by example because anything
short of that isn't leadership. "Do as I say, not as I do isn't leadership" I would say. "It's bull#". Time to take my own advice.
I have my ideas on the potential solutions to the problems we face might be. But I am only one guy and I sure as hell do not believe I have a monopoly
on good (or bad) ideas. We need each other.
This bird won't fly with two broken wings.
edit on 19 7 19 by projectvxn because: Spelling and grammar edits