The Synthesis Revolution
New Thinking for a New Era of Prosperity
As the first nation to be founded on a set of ideas, America has achieved a level of growth and success over the past two and a half centuries that is unprecedented in human history. From the very beginning, our Founding Fathers’ tireless efforts to lay the foundation for this immense prosperity were driven by an intensely passionate and highly productive debate over how we could, both individually and as a nation, improve the world around us, confront our challenges most effectively and provide a better life for our children and future generations. Over the past two and a half decades, however, America has become increasingly driven apart by ideological polarization, partisan divisions, and the influence of special interests. As a result, our current political dynamic, the way that we make critical decisions about the form and function of our governing institutions, has lost much of the focus on solving difficult problems and finding new forms of improvement that energized, unified and inspired the earlier debates. The Synthesis Revolution provides the framework to comprehend and to fully understand how America has generated all of this tremendous progress and prosperity and how we can overcome the current barriers to even greater advancement by restoring the focus of our public discourse back to productively pursuing solutions and transforming our society by substantially improving the way that we make political and economic decisions. Over the past two centuries, humanity has achieved more advances in science, medicine, technology, and prosperity than in all other historical periods combined. This permanent upward shift in development began in the early Modern period by overcoming the narrow, one-dimensional thinking of the medieval era and by adopting a method of objective observation and analysis. And even though the United States has been a unique contributor to this process by becoming an inspiration and model for other countries to follow in the pursuit of perpetual improvement and ascent, today, the combined influence of ideological and partisan divisions, reinforced by special interests is meaningfully lowering our potential by draining productivity and innovation from our political and economic interaction. The Synthesis Revolution rejects the failed ideas and flawed dynamic of our current political system. Partisan coalitions on the left and the right have both failed to keep pace with a rapidly changing and more competitive world. The Synthesis Revolution is a movement focused on an upward path to maximizing our potential as a society. This new thinking combines an understanding of the vital necessity of both bottom-up individual freedom and initiative combined with the need for a top-down organizational framework, such as the rule of law and free, impartial markets. The good news is that we have vastly more sophisticated tools for understanding the increasing complexity of the modern world, but they are of no use unless we remove these barriers to their effective implementation. Just as the wise Framers of the US Constitution envisioned, we need to continue the good work of forming “a more perfect Union” through an open and productive political dynamic and by electing the leadership that not only solves difficult problems, but also is capable of adapting to new and changing circumstances. The Framers clearly understood that a solid, stable, and inclusive foundation is needed for free individuals to unleash the innovation and productivity held back by narrow, one-dimensional thinking and organization. The Synthesis Revolution is both the tool for understanding what needs to be done and the mechanism for bringing about the needed reforms and change. No other country even comes close to America’s potential to lead the world and create new and even greater forms of progress and prosperity in the 21rst century and beyond, at the same time, to realize this potential, we must, once again, engage in a Revolution.
- Eudaimonia Publishing, November 2012
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