Newt Gingrich, the Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, brings up a crucial debate; America MUST be great. Note that ‘MUST’ is the key element here. In Gingrich’s article, you’ll see why America has no choice but to thrive. With issues, we’re all facing, like globalization, the time to put America first is now.
Watching the world from Rome in Italy, I have been struck by how many things happening across the globe are radically different from our previous expectations and past analyses. In fact, they are so different that none of the patterns and models I have learned in the past can accommodate them.
The more I have thought about the current period of rapid change, uncertainty, and reaction our world is living through, the more I am convinced that we are closer to Alvin Toffler’s concept of future shock than any traditional pattern we have commonly understood and accepted.
Human history is an ever-changing ecosystem that is constantly evolving, reacting and adapting with the passage of time. Toffler argues in his book “Future Shock” that the world has an adaptive range – a particular amount of change it is capable of implementing within a certain timeframe.
There are times throughout history when worldly change is collectively methodical and slow – below the adaptive range threshold – leading to a period of boredom and stagnation. When the acceleration of change is above the adaptive range threshold, the world experiences what Toffler calls future shock.
The world is currently overwhelmed with the pace of social, technological, and political change that is occurring, and is ultimately stunned and essentially paralyzed.
The world is currently overwhelmed with the pace of social, technological, and political change that is occurring, and is ultimately stunned and essentially paralyzed. Everything from our established institutions and societal structures, to our foundational American beliefs and values, are being challenged and forced to react to this exponentially rapid rate of global transformation.
Consider the following eight items:
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