After seeing Michael Lotus — author of America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century — speak at an America’s Future Foundation event, and then hearing him again on the Heartland Daily Podcast series, I am now even more hopeful than I already was.
Why, you ask? Because Lotus said something that I’ve been saying for the past couple of years that has earned me doubtful glances. In response to the question of why he’s so hopeful for America’s future, one of his answers is this:
There are underlying cultural foundations of the United States that are “unique,” that make us more resilient against temptations of socialism. Socialism does not fit our culture.
I agree! And, thank you, Michael Lotus.
During the Greek government debt crisis, my father was all huffy-puffy that America is headed straight into riotous economic collapse, like Greece. But, no, Dad, we are not Greece. Americans grow up (more or less) with values of freedom, liberty, and constitutional law. We grow up with a capitalistic mind-set, regardless if the anti-capitalists accept it or not.
My hopeful attitude expanded also because it’s incredibly refreshing to hear an intelligent human being speaking somewhat optimistically about our future. All I hear, day-to-day, is how we are headed for a totalitarian, fiery hole of tyranny and slave labor. I just don’t think it’s true. And Lotus has now provided me with some hard evidence to back it up.
America will be “rebooted” and we will recover — perhaps with an invigorated sense of capitalism and grounded values of human liberty. This is ideal, but there’s a catch. Like Lotus says, it’s up to us, to some degree. It’s not society that will fall apart- it’s the government sector that will collapse and force us to reform. And we must be the leading actors in the reforming- especially my generation.
In the podcast, Lotus says, “we can’t just move to a ‘Galt’s Gulch‘” as much as we would like to. We need to show our alternatives and “have them ready” for when the failures of our government become too large to overlook.
If I can live in an economically and personally liberating state, 30 to 40 years from now, you can keep your flying cars!
Although I kind of hope we do have flying cars by then.[Editor’s note: Watch the video of Lotus’ presentation of his book America 3.0 at Heartland’s library on below. Recorded on December 12, 2013.]