Restoring accountability in America is the fight of our times
ESG is the WMV of business. We must unshackle the Frontier from the metastasis of institutional rot: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-raise-your-esg-score
Within the US, K12 education is rapidly becoming a new frontier. The passing of universal ESA legislation, first in AZ, then Utah and Iowa, with 15 other states with legislation pending. This movement is creating a market for new entrepreneurial initiative and new forms of education not beholden to the WMV. It is critical that new educational institutions financed by ESAs should not be required to hire certified teachers nor be accredited institutions. Both teacher training/certification and mainstream accreditation agencies are deeply contaminated by the WMV.
If we can continue to accelerate universal ESA adoption without contamination by WMV, we have the greatest hoping of launching new Renaissance we are likely to see in the near future. It is an opportunity to provide creative, entrepreneurial career opportunities for ambitious young people; they in turn can craft new curricula and pedagogies that support a new idealism; while also taking market share from teachers unions and the rest of the K12 blob, currently a leading vector for WMV contamination.
It is a reasonable aspiration to envision fewer than 50% of American students attending zoned public schools in 10 years. That would include public school choice, duel enrollment, charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. But as choosing one's child's education becomes the widespread norm, as opposed to defaulting to a neighborhood school and having one's home equity tied to that school's perceived quality, we'll see an even greater acceleration towards choice. In such a market, ESA funded educational options that are not tied to the blob will have an even greater advantage in growing market share.
Currently fewer than 50% of students attend zoned public schools in Phoenix, Tucson, NOLA, Gary, Detroit, Flint, and DC. With the universal ESA passed in AZ, it is likely that AZ will reach this point statewide soon. With potentially 15-25 states passing ESA legislation in the next few years, the crack in the dike is about to crack wide open.
When it becomes more widely known that government schools are actively hazardous to children (e.g. teen suicides increase 15-20% every year during the school year, fall off over summers and holidays, the pattern stops upon graduation), the establishment model is toast.
The CDC notes that "school connectedness," basically the idea that a child feels as if someone at school cares about them, cuts suicide rates almost in half. Will private options ensure that every child feels cared for? Yes, this is not rocket science.
In ten years, as the evidence for mental health damage from public schools becomes more widely known, parents even in blue states will be rushing to get their kids out of public schools. This will provide an immense boost to the new Frontier of educational innovation. As a trillion dollars shifts from indoctrinating young people in WMV, ineffective development of academic skills, and damaging the mental health of a generation to entrepreneurial schools promoting optimism and a can-do attitude, world-class skills, and a healthy mind, heart and spirit, we'll revive the US by means of this critical new Frontier.
Thank you for this novel assessment with a sprinkling of classical examples. Assessing English and British Imperial history may provide more fruit
What is the new American frontier?
As an 12th generation American and someone who grew up in the now-defunt wild west, I ache for the new horizons and the possibilities they inspire.
Joe, I suggest that you have placed too much emphasis on the frontier as a metaphor (or at least too many of your readers have taken that focus) rather than on the crucial importance of failure and accountability. In everything from participation trophies to too-big-to-fail, many have come to believe that it is evil to recognize failure. In truth, success is meaningless unless there is a real prospect of failure. The real losers are not those who fail, get up, figure out what went wrong, and try again, but rather those who fail to try, because they fear they might fall short. Rarely ever does great success come on our first effort.
I did not have time to give the article my full attention, but before I go a note that seems important to the topic:
Basically you're describing the feminization of society. We conceeded too much safety to women, and as with anything women will continuously ask for more. Thus we have more and more safety less and less risk tolerance thus less and less progress.
It's as simple as that.
Or so it appears a couple pages in. Hopefully I will have time to finish this later, but if not I thought it was important to apply every bit of lunkhead I could muster. It is always a good policy to apply maximum stupid to intellectual articles and maximum smart to lowest common denominator entertainment.
Rulers make rules. Rules hold back builders, so they move to the frontier where there are no rules. But those builders become rulers, and rulers make rules. Eventually there are no frontiers, and there are no builders, only rulers and the ruled. Malthusian feudalism.
Who were the frontiersmen? They were Europeans. Are you going to fight to end Affirmative Action, banish all of the Civil Rights programs that allocate resources based on race and leave the descendants of the pioneers to foot the bill? And what of the replacement migration and anti-white discrimination that is a) evil and b) a toxic, demoralizing and incentive inverting perversion of our nation's founding credo?
We must also remember that the frontiersmen weren't just wild west pioneers. They had a cultural heritage, religion, strong families and carried with them a wealth of civic institutions that they re-established as they went West - from the first beacheads on the Atlantic Coast to San Francisco Bay. Only people who are grounded, strong and buttressed by a rich and flourishing culture and heritage, buttressed by a core can send out pioneers. This is as true of the first colonists buttressed by mother England, Spain and France as it is of the frontiersmen buttressed by the core in both the European continent and the more established East Coast of the New World.
We must restore freedom of association. We must admit that egalitarianism is a failure and banish the egalitarians. We must reconstitute the core. The core is the Anglo/Germanic/Nordic-European people and culture built on top of the Greco-Roman pillars of Western Civilization. Restore the Romans and they will build the new Rome. Restore the Vikings and Normans and they will chart and sail the new unknown seas.
Well reasoned. Well written. Thoughtful. Thought provoking. How does one integrate the notion of “surplus elites”, nightly educated, resentful, and mostly “woke” (AOC being the poster child) mesh with the Frontier/Center. They are a Frontier in many ways, but they disparage and demean every notion that is not their Center
What you call the Frontier I call capitalism.
A great read is an article call The Fate of Empires from 1975. It describes so much of what is happening in your country. Not sure that it can be stopped but sure hope so….
I agree with much of what you say but the idea that all technology innovation comes from Silicon valley is just patently absurd. Lotus 123 came from Cambridge MA and Ben Rosen (Who was at Morgan Stanley) was the mover behind Compaq computer. (for those who don't remember the first mass produced portable). Bay Networks was the original basis for what became Cisco and and the formula for the valuation of stock options came from Fisher Black and Myron Scholes what they were at CRA in Cambridge. What about Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. whose work led to the development of the internet? Numerous software companies most of which have been acquired came from western Virginia as well.
"Let’s abolish the papacy of the FDA and pioneer new models of drug discovery and regulation. Let’s break the FDA and NIH into a dozen pieces, make them compete, crown the winners — and fire the leaders of the losers." Nobody gives power willingly, ever human. So what, start bloody revolution? Who are "we" you are talking about? From my experience living in this country for more than 20 years there is no unity or sense of "we", actually less and les each year. Milton
The good 'ole USA has indeed become close-minded and conservative. I remember how surprised I was 36 years ago when, coming from multilingual tiny Switzerland, to study economics in Colorado, I learned that there was a strong political movement in the Colorado legislature to promote English as the sole State language, in order to block the growth of Spanish ! How strange, did I think, that parents don't want their kids to be bilingual, when a whole continent and market lays waiting in the south ! Surely, the pioneer spirit must be gone. Now, many years later, I think the US deep cultural knots, brought by history (genocide, slavery, puritan religious sects) are strangling it. Too many huge problems (guns, drugs, prisons, health care waste, illegal immigration, pensions bankruptcy, and I am surely forgetting many others) cannot be solved because they are not tackled with results in mind (then of course they can't be any accountability). Instead, narrow political fights and ideological beliefs are guiding everything. Fundamentally, the roots of the problem surely is in culture & education. Tough to fix when, as I remember well, there already were strong political movements in many States to force schools biology curricula to give equal weight to the Bible and to the Theory of Evolution...
I recommend highly the book "The Storm Before The Storm" (Mike Duncan) which outlines the 100 year deliver of the Roman Republic.
The core started the takeover over when the frontier (Carthage) was destroyed. Then they seesawed between the Optimates (old conservatives) and Populares (old style populists) until Caesar took over... For a while...
Great example of taking an old, discredited bit of American Mythology (the Frontier Thesis) and recycling it for a new, but ignorant and niave, generation. The frontier was not the engine of progress that romantics like Lonsdale like to make of it. The real history was the pushing westward of Civilizaiton -- law, order, religion and the stutifying conservatism that still characterizes the rural parts of the US, and the deep red western part in particualar. To be sure, the Territories out beyound the Mississippi appeared to be free (Land, lots of land, under starry skies above, don't fence me in....) as ong as you didn't starve, freeze or die from disease, snake bite or bandit. Pioneers drawn west by adverstisments by the railroads about the quality of the land along the right of way that the railroad would sell you (and then strangle you by charging outrageous prices to ship your crops and livestock.