Building a Positive Future Instead of Tearing it Down

We have discovered through hard trial and error that a society without a sense of larger purpose drifts into nihilism and despair. __ ColonyofCommodus

To build a future, people must have a sense of purpose — “a larger purpose” than merely to perpetuate the past or present. Such a purpose is the foundation for a positive, productive future. But sustaining and propagating a positive sense of purpose is difficult when the larger part of the power elite and the information gatekeepers are working as hard as they can to disrupt and destroy all meaningful and productive purpose.

If you mess with words, if you use them in ways which don’t make communication more smooth. If you lie and manipulate and make up bullshit constantly; well society goes to hell. But making society go to hell through the purposefully wrong use of language is a common profession in our days. __ Spandrell

“Making society go to hell through the purposefully wrong use of language” is the profession of journalists, academics, government functionaries, political activists and lobbyists, public relations departments of foundations and most corporations, and well meaning “useful idiots” across the globe.

You must understand that the established order absolutely has to use every tool at its disposal to maintain the hierarchy as it stands.

Against the Established Order, Actions Trump Words Every Time

In these days of universal propaganda and groupthink doublespeak, intelligent people of purpose will speak through their actions, rather than their words. And in a brainwashed world such as this one, meaningful actions are apt to be very disruptive. Here is one example:

“SpaceX is like a giant wake up call,” Jean-Yves Le Gall, head of CNES, the French space agency, said in an interview. “Six to nine months ago many in Europe thought Elon Musk was just hot air, even among the big shots in the space industry. But he showed he was able to do it, to potentially reuse rockets one day. He’s clearly shaking things up.”

__ http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-10/musk-s-spacex-once-pooh-poohed-is-wake-up-call-for-europeans (via NextbigFuture)

The actions of SpaceX are shaking things up not only in France, but in Russia, China, India, and in the US space industry. Demonstrating reliable ways of radically reducing the cost of space launch is disrupting the ability of multiple national space agencies and aerospace corporations to compete.

Disruptive Actions that No Number of Words Could Match

More affordable space launch is just one of a countless number of potential disruptive innovations that could shake modern elitist power structures to their foundations. Don’t focus on the space launch phenomenon specifically. Focus on the possible impacts that Musk’s innovations in space launch represent: cascading disruptive innovations capable of overturning the corrupt, established order.

All the blogs, journals, papers, broadcasters, and propagandists in the world cannot match the impact of even one significant diruptive innovation — much less an expanding avalanche of “productive disruption.”

Creative Destruction

Creative destruction occurs when something new kills something older. A great example of this is personal computers. The industry, led by Microsoft and Intel, destroyed many mainframe computer companies, but in doing so, entrepreneurs created one of the most important inventions of this century.

Creative destruction is a term coined by Joseph Schumpeter in his work entitled “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” (1942) to denote a “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.”

__ http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/creativedestruction.asp

Creative destruction occurs when intelligent people are given the opportunity to pursue their ideas in the marketplace and in wider scientific and technological arenas. Disruptive innovation is a similar idea without as many economic overtones as Schumpeter’s turn of phrase. Both ideas capture the key idea that creativity is disruptive to the established order. Where intelligent people have freedom, the established order — the power elite — will be disrupted and eventually overturned.

Turnover in Fortune 500 Companies

Comparing the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 to the Fortune 500 in 2014, there are only 61 companies that appear in both lists. In other words, only 12.2% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 were still on the list 59 years later in 2014, and almost 88% of the companies from 1955 have either gone bankrupt, merged, or still exist but have fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies (ranked by total revenues). Most of the companies on the list in 1955 are unrecognizable, forgotten companies today (e.g. Armstrong Rubber, Cone Mills, Hines Lumber, Pacific Vegetable Oil, and Riegel Textile).

That’s a lot of churning and creative destruction, and it’s probably safe to say that almost all of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be replaced by new companies in new industries over the next 59 years, and for that we should be thankful. The constant turnover in the Fortune 500 is a positive sign of the dynamism and innovation that characterizes a vibrant consumer-oriented market economy, and that dynamic turnover is speeding up in today’s hyper-competitive global economy.

__ Mark J. Perry

Contrast the creative destruction that has taken place in the “more capitalist” Anglospheric societies with the static nature of economies in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, China, Iran, and other relatively stagnant members of the League. China had seemed to be an exception for a while — to shallower observers — until China’s government reverted to its natural corrupt, bellicose, and mendacious form — driving foreign capital out.

If you were one of those who believed that China was beating the “curse of the stasists” you can be forgiven, as long as you are willing to learn from your mistakes. If you thought that Russia had beaten the curse, you are deeper in the shite of propaganda groupthink than you may realise.

Across sub Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, and the nations of the corrupt League, wealth is acquired only via government connections and dispensation. It is easy to recognise the pattern of such regimes, and so it is easy to predict eventual and ultimate stagnation and probable reversion to militaristic expansionism as a desperate near end-stage stratagem. (E. Europe, S. China Sea, etc)

Creative destruction and disruptive innovation are approaches to change that are far more prevalent within societies that offer higher levels of opportunity to intelligent and creative persons. In such societies, wealth is most commonly achieved via creative efforts.

Every society is corrupt to a certain level — and it is no surprise that Elon Musk’s successful innovations in space launch threaten certain power elites within the US itself, as well as the nationalised power elites in more corrupt nations such as Russia, China, and India. Corruption, opportunity, and innovation are all relative scales, depending upon many rapidly evolving variables.

Don’t Talk, Act!

The lesson for those in relatively innovative societies of greater opportunity, is that actions are hugely more important than words. Corruption is always looking for ways to grow within even the freest societies. Intelligent people must often seek out places where they are still free to act and innovate — and are able to reap the rewards.

Getting bogged down in arguments when you should be acting creatively, is a waste of everyone’s time. Make it your purpose to seize the opportunities for creative destruction and disruptive innovation while they last. Above all, try to avoid destroying the vanishing opportunity societies that still exist.

More:

Corrupt governments always act to sustain the power hierarchy as it stands. But most such actions will eventually turn counter-productive, and serve to erode the foundations of the corrupt power structure. One example

Another example is the desperate strategy of bubbles within bubbles which the Communist Empire of China has forced itself into

Intellectual Property Theft: One of many reasons China is losing investment and trust and why “innovation” in China often represents theft instead

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4 Responses to Building a Positive Future Instead of Tearing it Down

  1. Abelard Lindsey says:

    A lot of your position is very similar to that of what is now being called the alt-right. However, much of the alt-right seems to be somewhat luddite and rather hostile to the idea of technological self-empowerment of small, self-interested groups. They seem not so interested in the expansive, unlimited future. Even though I share many things with the alt-right, this is the problem that I have with many of them.

    • alfin2101 says:

      People who embrace ideologies — of whatever type — tend to be somewhat limited mentally. Philosophy can be a useful guide. Ideology is a straitjacket.

      Libertarians limit themselves from the opposite direction than the alt.right ideologues.

      Never trust anyone who has not broken out of the prisons of multiple ideologies before finally understanding that he doesn’t need them at all.

  2. jccarlton says:

    Reblogged this on The Arts Mechanical and commented:
    With all the dismal stuff going around we need to remember this.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Thanks. Almost without exception, governments (and most other cultural institutions) evolve into rent-seeking protection rackets for the ruling elites. The best answers to the rigid established order are rule of law, property rights, disruptive innovation, creative destruction, open discourse, freedom of people and capital to move within and between nations, and lots of bright, creative people who have been raised to be strong, broadly competent, and fiercely independent.

      Something tells me we’re gonna need a lot more guillotines! 😉

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