“The Demagogues who seek power by exploiting the ire and frustration of the population and making appealing but “terribly simplified” and, ultimately, deceitful promises" - are all around us now. We mistake them for leaders. They are not. They are disgusting and dangerous egoists.
But the truly terrible aspect of the current spectacle we are choking on is the sad fact that most of us can’t see through this idiotic bombast. We have become simpleton victims of the flimflam. We are more concerned with false identity than with truth.
“Collective efforts such as maintaining peace, deterring terrorism, coordinating economic policies to stimulate global growth, fighting disease, stopping climate change, allocating scarce resources, fighting money laundering and fraud, and protecting endangered species are global public goods.” Moises Naim
The collective action problem is a serious issue. It will take a mammoth effort by all players to find and implement solutions to the pressing issues of our time. If humanity gets it right we will evolve toward a post-scarcity world where everyone benefits. If we fail we will lose more than any of us can imagine or calculate.
- De-skilling and Loss of Knowledge
- The Banalization of Social Movements
- Boosting Impatiens and Shortening Attention Spans
We know this and we are paralysed and ineffectual.