A change of guards occurs this decade for the first time in living memory for those of millennial age, people born in late 80s and early 2000s.
This transition of power is by itself likely to have a revolutionary effect across the globe due to the very different shared experience of millennials across the world.
The acceleration of connectivity of a global peoples means the events of this decade will be global as it is quite common to have a Chinese, Russian, Arab, German, American, and even African, in the same virtual room.
Thus when an idea rises anywhere, it kind of rises everywhere. Some of these ideas will transform the world.
We The People
The millennial generation has long decided the current governing system is broken fundamentally because whether in a democracy or in a dictatorship, there is no sufficient feedback loop.
In a democracy there is a bit more than say in China, but a defining moment for this generation was a betrayal of the principle that wars of choice are for history books only.
The disaster that arose out of it only intensifies the need to ensure it does not happen again. Meaning there must be a consultative body of a random sample of citizens who have the power to even veto war.
This generation has to take back the government, and make it once again a servant. Not forcefully, but by persuasion in democracies.
This taking back of control can be organic, instead of something granted or even something taken.
It would be silly for example to call 4chan as some sort of pressure group, but it kind of is at times, and sometimes it is quite effective at it.
Likewise new media is starting to have some effect in pressuring the government which at the beginning of this millennium enjoyed a very obedient and a very controlled media landscape.
This expansion of civil society through the natural digitization of analogue institutions, like coffee houses or Gentlemen’s Clubs and to some extent even NGOs and Think Tanks, can lead to more fluid governance which is more responsive and, more importantly, is smarter and more knowledgable in figuring out what needs to be done and how as there are more voices giving an input.
That’s for the first world. For the second world in Russia or China the best way to extend freedom is to teach english even to seven year olds just as for the first world and others, the best way is to teach code even to kids.
English in particular because that’s the language of the global internet. Without it, you simply can’t participate and are in many ways irrelevant.
While for the other part of the second world, like Latin America and India, as well as for the third world like Africa, it may be the best way to extend freedom is to actually consensually agree to basically take orders from first world bureaucrats in how to set up a functioning rule of law system, and how to set up and run well a civil service.
That might offend some sensibilities as it might be easy to confuse this suggestion with colonialism, but we’re referring to two things that are not quite seen as inventions, yet are inventions and are absolutely necessary.
The rule of law means there’s no arbitrary decisions by potentially self interested individuals. It’s a machine of sorts with the civil service at the heart of it. Without a well running civil service, there is no safety or order and the country is run by plunging vagabonds.
To set up a well running civil service, however, is no easy task. Yet providing the knowhow can be very much in the interest of Europe where Africa is concerned and some of Arabia so as to extend the production capabilities of these countries, and thus the wealth of both, as well as even to prevent or lower their need to escape their own countries by so providing opportunities there.
Likewise with USA where Latin America is concerned, with the suggestion here being that in our day and age these regions are not dysfunctional due to lack of natural resources or capability, but only or primarily because they lack the knowhow of implementing and maintaining a well running civil service.
This very unappreciated invention, the civil service or rule of law if you like – and this includes things like SEC – is in fact a crucial piece of the puzzle and reforming it in the first world is a necessity.
It is a necessity because there hasn’t been sufficient investment in it despite considerable advancement in many areas, chiefly tech.
Tech, Tech, Tech
That’s our mantra for the new decade as digital code is a powerful new invention which has only began exploring its potential.
Things like Trump tweeting are what might come to mind, but we’re thinking more industrial revolution on steroids.
As there are now a sufficiently large number of code skilled individuals, you might think there is little more certain about the 20s than the native digitization of all industries.
The best way to think about it is the laying down of the railroads or even the building of subways. Not something done overnight, but over a decade this can lead to a leapfrog if undertaken seriously and properly.
Presuming for example the court system is made far more efficient, and if we assume the rule of law is one good reason why humanity advanced significantly, then the little gains in the extended civil service should translate to considerable gains for the country and world.
And while we think of tech as just code, solar power is also tech and a very self evident future.
So if you lay down some grand strategy of basically bringing this future now, presumably by yourself you’ll set a race, as presumably who reaches the future first gets compounded network effects.
And where the money is concerned, the people would be only too happy to pay it by printing from the tree, presuming transparency, accountability, and good management. For if someone should get the fiat “mining” blocks, it is difficult to see why it shouldn’t be the government especially if it is for such grand vision of upgrading the current somewhat sclerotic civil service.
An upgrade that requires almost a merger of government and tech in a revolution of its own.
A revolution because the government currently is run by bankers as banking was the bright new thing after the industrial revolution with its many inventions that proved this industry’s superiority for the time.
That considerable superiority and in many ways benefit is of course still something of an edge, but you need only look at the most valuable stocks in USA to see how the guard has began to change.
And it has began to change because tech improves banking too, and is likely to fully transform it, alongside all other industries.
Meaning the task of this decade is basically to tech all the things. To cut any fat elsewhere and tech, tech, tech. Because it’s a race, with the prize for first place and the potential loses for second place being quite obvious going by previous leaps.
Tearing Down The Guilds
The collapse of trust in institutions is naturally due to their ease of abuse. It is also due to the dis-economies of size which at some point incentivize stagnation or worse, regression.
In a natural cycle, this eventually leads to a backlash either out of fear or out of greed, and the best illustrating example here is medicine.
They say each era compares the human mind or body to its most advanced invention. And so obliging, we can call medicine the code of life.
Take fluoride, what does it do? Take vaccines, what are they really? Take some illness, why can they really not solve it?
That we spent 20 years or more in education and yet still do not have some inherent understanding of what can be quite simple, speaks to just how uneducated we were and how hopefully more educated we will be.
In this day and age arguably just one individual can educate 8 billion at the same time, yet that’s not quite happening but there is an area where ideologues of sorts are attempting to revolutionize the most basic thing of all: health.
Biohacking is a frontier that contains freedom fighters who are barely acknowledged and will probably not be praised for years or decades, if ever.
Yet, the organic and grassroots nature of it, as well as its more “natural” ways of experimenting or revealing or even teaching, can not only increase trust in the profession but can also potentially accelerate discoveries and inventions in a vital industry.
This “rebellion” is a product of the tech revolution due to facilitating coordination and awareness, as well as an example that can be followed by other guilded industries, including law.
You see, change is scary in some ways and entropy would naturally like us to stagnate, which really means to regress, but that faces the desire for variety and the desire for better, stronger, faster and higher.
These two forces practically fight with each other and that fighting can include breaking the law as long as it is reasonably justifiable to do so in as far as good conscience clears it.
Meaning certain regulations regarding legal advice, for example, which is usually restricted to only qualified lawyers, can and maybe even should be ignored if one is designing a code system that gives an answer to some legal question or gives a contract template and so on.
Some might go to prison. But as this generation takes more and more power it should hopefully be less and less that do so because we presumably will update the law or its enforcement at least in cases where the law is absurd.
Thus the new decade, our decade, and perhaps the decade as the millennial generation goes through the peak of the testosterone or estrogen driven ambition to bring in a new more optimistic, more booming, more efficient, and a more equitable as well as a more peaceful world.
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