The 5th American Revolution

America is in decline. China is on the rise. Why am I optimistic about the American future? I don’t think we need to make a case that America is not as strong as it should be. Massive failures in our institutions including banking, industry, education, and government while we take on record amounts of public and private debt. Federal deficits, trade deficits, and balance of payment deficits are the normal state of economics along with European lite unemployment and underemployment rates. We are to the point of monetizing the debt. Not only is America in economic distress, it is in cultural decline as well. The family is breaking down. Marriage is cracking under the strain of a free sex culture that can’t even define marriage. Our future is being aborted everyday. A litany of foreign entanglements and wars is draining our treasury and attention from our domestic problems. Our heritage of liberty is under daily assault. In economics, Stein’s Law says basically that something that cannot continue for ever won’t. Our current path cannot be sustained therefore it won’t be. What is there to be optimistic about? I believe everything. All through American history, we have reached junctures where people thought America was failing and would not meet the challenge ahead. Each time we reinvented ourselves and overcame while emerging stronger than before. What are the 5 American Revolutions? First was the rise of the Constitution after we nearly broke up after the Articles of Confederation; Second the Civil War; Third era of progressivism and big institutions; Fourth, The Reagan Revolution ending the Cold War and stagflation; and now we are on the verge of the fifth American Revolution, the rise of the connected individual. From Cairo to Beijing to Sidney to Brussels, to D. C. governments globally (indeed societies) being transformed by the power of a new type of individualism. In the 19th Century we spoke of rugged individualism. In the 21st century, I see the rise of the connected individual. Any person with a smart phone combined Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts can potentially project a compelling message that can rock their world. Big institutions are losing their grip. Big corporations have trouble competing with more nimble, smaller competitors. Big government cannot keep up with the dynamic solutions of individual led non-profits, neighborhood groups, churches, and small businesses. Big education is getting dusted by more nimble charter schools, private schools, and home schools hence the effort to initiate a global control of the curriculum with Standardized testing and Common Core. Big labor seems to be disappearing in the private sector and its excesses are undermining it even in the public sector where it is still strong. Even big religion is struggling to retool to compete with smaller and more individualistic offshoots. Technology was supposed to lead to an easier domination by the state. Remember 1984? Something happened. Government cannot invent very well. Individuals can. The technology was mostly advanced by individuals and entrepreneurship. Yes, governments are reacting to attempt to gain control over the Internet. They will not succeed. That fact will save the world. What nation is best suited by culture and history to emerge on top in the new era of the connected individual? America is. We are the locus of individualism. The counter revolution of big government is bound to fail. When the emerging Conservative, Libertarian majority grows more mature as a movement, you will see a revolution of prosperity and liberty unseen in global history. America’s best days are ahead not behind. Even now the shoots of a new crop of Americanism are emerging across the landscape as communities grapple with economic decay, crime, and old infrastructure. New solutions to these old problems are being forged in the reality of life and the ability to share and communicate will allow replication, adaptation, and improvement at the speed of ideas. No nation is better poised to change. We retool regularly so world, watch out; Americanism 5.0 is emerging.

12 thoughts on “The 5th American Revolution”

  1. The 5th Revolution will take either one of two shapes. The first will be an uprising, but will include patriotic citizens on both sides of the isle and will be relatively non-violent in nature.
    The second scenario is much different. America will be brought to the very brink of socialism before people rise with force and American’s love for freedom will rise to the top of a priority list. Forced civil disobedience will rise from the grass roots level, hopefully with a minimum of violence and will become all consuming as the upper middle class joins in. This could be known as a non-violent revolution unless the government becomes forcibly oppressive and commits heinous atrocities.

    “America’s best days are ahead not behind. Even now the shoots of a new crop of Americanism are emerging across the landscape as communities grapple with economic decay, crime, and old infrastructure.”

    I concur America’s best days are ahead but I don’t envision the peaceable change that you envision. It will depend on whether or not the government will accept the will of the people and stop their march toward a social dictatorship, and honor the Constitution. I pray that the Congress gains even a portion of sanity.

  2. Please read the book by Tyler Cowen, America is delving into a 15%/85% class divide because of the breakdown you speak of and somehow as the welfare state implodes liberals want to add to it.

  3. “somehow as the welfare state implodes liberals want to add to it.”

    I think what you mean is that as capitalism implodes conservatives want to double down on it.

  4. Mike, the late, great Paul Harvey had an axiom, “Excesses in the end are their own undoing”. I believe we are seeing that play out. The Obama counter revolution is imploding and with it liberalism and Fabian socialism that undergird it.

  5. Nobody
    “I think what you mean is that as capitalism implodes conservatives want to double down on it.”

    That’s what you mean Nobody; I believe that Mike said exactly what he meant and I agree with him

  6. You can “believe” whatever you like. Reality disagrees.

    The current economic situation, not just here but around the globe, illustrates what happens when capitalism refuses to be restrained. The same thing happened in the Gilded Age and in the 1920s. In both cases governments reined in Teddy Roosevelt’s “malefactors of great wealth” and bought laissez-faire capitalism more time. Either governments again gain the upper hand or, more likely, they won’t.

    The revolution you folks keep hoping and planning for isn’t going to come from the 15%. It will come from the 85%.

  7. Nobody
    “The revolution you folks keep hoping and planning for isn’t going to come from the 15%. It will come from the 85%.”

    The fact is, that the revolution will come and it will be from patriotic people whether it is the percentages you list or not. Don’t know where you got those percentages but I don’t agree with them.
    And just who are, “you folks.”

  8. The current economic situation, not just here but around the globe, illustrates what happens when capitalism refuses to be restrained.

    Capitalism is just a hazy abstraction.

    So what do you actually mean? Who is currently refusing to be restrained and who is trying to restrain them?

  9. The second scenario is much different. America will be brought to the very brink of socialism before people rise with force and American’s love for freedom will rise to the top of a priority list.

    Socialism is just an abstraction or a stigma word these days.

    It’s likely that the main reason that America is being brought to the brink or increasingly feeling a form of centralized control is due to the fact that central bankers, i.e. criminals, are flooding the globe with enormous amounts of debt/money and their oligarchs are letting agencies like the DHS arm to the teeth to prepare for any “social unrest” that will emerge as it “trickles” back.

    They’re also stocking up on riot gear and pepper spray for the next time they have to close open air war memorials due to the theatrical production of the stupid dupes in Washington DC arguing among themselves because they supposedly can’t get enough money/debt from private bankers. What’s our Senator in DC doing about creating money out of nothing for we the people instead of for bankers/”capitalists”? Too busy with being Harry Reid’s pet, I’d imagine.

    Anyway, more “social unrest” is the most likely scenario when the reserve currency of other central bankers (i.e. criminals) begins to trickle back down on Americans. It’s inevitable. And that’s usually the cause of revolutions, nothing more. Not that more of an economic collapse brought about by the ponzi will matter much in certain regions where everything is already falling apart and being sold to multinational corporations and foreign financial interests at this point thanks to progressive dupes that wanted their hopium and change. Because there’s not enough “money” at a local level but multinational corporations have enough to buy the parking meters or the roads, don’t you know.

    It’s not socialism. It’s not capitalism. It’s not even really fascism or corporatism, although the New World Order Inc. that Biden supports is arguably emerging to be something like corporatism/fascism. It’s mainly just banksterism on a global scale, which will then result in it all coming back on American peasants because the money of the bankers is their “debt.”

    Stop trying to use political stigma words like socialism and focus on reality, clean up the criminality involved in central banking and most of the evils that you’re talking about will be lessened because its root will be severed.

    Focus on that. Everything else pales in comparison… which shouldn’t be surprising, given the power that comes with the ability to create money out of nothing in a world in which the Supreme Court just decided that money is the equivalent of speech and therefore elections can be flooded with ponzi.

  10. I think what you mean is that as capitalism implodes conservatives want to double down on it.

    It’s not “capitalism” or wealth creation based on free markets imploding.

    It’s banksterism based on parasitism and a monopoly on money merged with an Oligarchy Inc. that may be beginning to implode.

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