I've never been a fan of Thomas Paine because I've never been convinced that human beings naturally have common sense. Naturally, they are morons. And birds of a feather. To my nagging question why Americans are such conformists, Matthew Crawford proposed a reason in The World Beyond Your Head. America was built on the ideas of individual autonomy and self-reliance. This makes America the least conservative country on the planet, and those of who persist in calling themselves conservative rather than Republican have a lot of explaining to do, esp. when there are two revolutions going on: a communist revolution and a freedom counter-revolution. Crawford suggests that our default position of extreme autonomy leaves us extremely isolated and anxious. When we are that lost and adrift, our search for cues means we are excessively other-directed. What should I think? What should I be? What should I do? Well...what's everyone else doing? That's what I'll do. What are the neighbors doing? Or your friends, relatives, classmates, celebrities, politicians. Instead of being more independent, we are prone to being more dependent. That's where are today.

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I vote for Spencer's version!

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Any sort of founding or refounding will need leaders and the one leader.

I have been part of foundings and refoundings, in work and not country creation of course lol.

It all comes down to who is calling the shots. The “why” must be explained and understood by the audience. The goals, obstacles, and effectiveness of communications were always the key. Of course the people performing must perform!

Sometimes new structures were built, sometimes corroded structures cleaned up and buffed, sometimes structures were just torn down and everything was better without it. Sometimes a structure could be built with expensive whatever and the end result could run and look like the worst homeless incampment with good metrics!

Stuff is going to happen...Hysterics and panic will cause fractures.

Going to have opposing and adversarial forces that will need to be handled in best manner possible! If the people doing the best work get fed to the wolves it’s going to be a wreck!

Everything new must have integrity or it won’t last very long! Take that for what you will! People stuff, machines, products...

Challenges are great!

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