“This book is a must-read for everyone running for any type of office. Debates and arguments from people on either side of the aisle will be well-informed and productive after having read it.–Kumar Mehta, author and principal at Bridge Insight, and Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Digital Future, University of Southern California
Case For A Different Way
“If we take this book seriously and ground our differing perspectives in its principles as we debate, our country will be the better for it. Chadwick’s carefully considered suggestions can serve as a springboard for a more respectful and considered dialogue. He argues convincingly that the surest way to authoritarian rule is by defining the community in-group narrowly, instead advocates for broad inclusiveness. This book proposes that effective leadership rests on foundations not only of inclusion, but also of empathy, authenticity, listening, inspiration, and empowerment. Chadwick’s wide-range and thought-provoking assessment of today’s most polarizing issues should be read by everyone interested in better understanding the actions required to preserve over democracy.”—Sim Sitkin, Michael W. Krzyzewski, Professor and Principal, Behavior Science and Policy Center, Duke University.
America In Crisis
America has always held itself up to be exceptional. And, in many ways, it is. America for two centuries has been a land of ingenuity, invention, and dynamism, a century where technology, industry, culture, and the arts have combined to produce a place unlike any other on this planet.
Politically, America has also been a beacon for the concept of democracy, albeit one that is wrapped in a very Roman construct of the “republic.” Here the media is free and the people are protected by a constitution that among other things, sanctifies freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, and freedom from authoritarian overreach in the form of search. The very word “freedom” is baked into the central idea of “these United States,” even if its practice right from the beginning was rather selective. It is a land where, theoretically people are limited only by their own imaginations and where opportunity is rife. Its people are proud of this America, as they should be, and are proud to be called patriots.
In Reality America Is Broken
But the reality is that today America is broken. Worse than that, it is exceptionalism gone haywire. The political system crafted by the Founding Fathers has mutated into a government structure overrun by special interests and their money, which in its turn, acts like the poison of a very virulent insect and renders politicians incapable of acting the best interests of both their constituents and the country as a whole.
The system that was supposed to balance power between government institutions has become one of the stasis-the inability of government, to actually govern. This country is divided as never before into opposing camps succored by social media bubbles in which people only converse with and receive ideas from those similar in outlook to themselves. A Congress that, at the House level, has been so gerrymandered as to make the concept of representative government laughable is rendered incapable of dealing with the nation’s most pressing issues. And the public, so fed up with politics as usual, has elected-via a very broken electoral college construct-a president who has shown himself to be a narcissist, incompetent who has single-handedly ceded America’s leadership on the world stage to the Chinese and the Russians.
Wealth Inequality Is Out Of Control
As wealth inequality has spiraled out of control-exacerbated by tax reform that blatantly favors the rich-and social mobility has dried up, poverty and racial inequality have persisted even as unemployment statistics have trended downward. Persistent, chronic problems that uniquely plague American society, such as mass shootings in schools or public arenas, remain unaddressed, even as the electorate demands reform. Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than are citizens of other developed countries, and yet this is supposed to be taken as normal. And demands for reform are met with hysterical responses from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and inaction by politicians who are in its pocket.
Other Persistent Chronic Problems
Persistent chronic problems are met with the same inability, or, worse, hostility-to deal with them. Consider, for instance, lack of access to health care due to exorbitant insurance rates or lack of insurance. When the Obama administration tried to deal with this issue (in a very American way), it was howled down as “socialism” and became the focus of innumerable Republican attempts to sink it.
The fact that the USA spends three times as much on health care as other developed nations but with outcomes that woefully lag behind them? Ignored. Or that we have a secondary education system that is completely broken and also has outcomes well below these of our competitors? Ignored. Or that our social safety net is under consistent attack by those who need to finance tax breaks for the wealthy? Ignored. And how about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where the man initially appointed by Trump to run it made no bones about his desire to destroy it, and a president who clearly has no patience for environmental stewardship?
Achieving The American Dream
America has become a country lacking in both physical and psychological security-and this insecurity is a clear and present danger to world peace and stability. This must-read, political call to action is for anyone dissatisfied with our dysfunctional government and seeking real change. Author: Simon Chadwick argues that the American dream realizing self-actualization (The Pursuit Of Happiness), the pinnacle of psychologist Abraham Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of needs Chadwick sets out in simple and straight forward terms how we can serve US democracy by fulfilling every citizen’s innate needs, including the top echelon of achieving his or her creative potential. In order to generate greater overall contentment for the citizens.
Chadwick proposes that a country must establish a democratic libertarian government, a form that is much closer to the general intent of the Constitution, which gives every person the right to live in peace, without fear, under its protection.
By dissenting current events and framing them in Maslow’s hierarchy. Chadwick offers fascinating historical and cultural context, and clear, positive advice for how our country, culture, and government can move toward democratic libertarianism, self-actualization, and ultimate satisfaction.
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