“…America’s greatest days are yet to come….” Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus

Today, December 21, 2013, marks the changing of the seasons. It is a good day to reflect on517Oz3UR0BL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ another safe journey around the sun and anticipate the beauty we may behold as spring bursts forth with life renewed.  It is a good day to listen to the message of hope in the Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus book, America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come.  It is even better because you can.  Tonight, John B. Wells will be interviewing the authors on Coast to Coast AM.

Some decades ago, the U.S. marked a sea change of ideas. I write about the legacy of the Cold War because I lived it and, right or wrong, contributed to its propagation.  The Cold War was the implementation of the ideas perpetrated during the time that Bennett and Lotus call America 2.0.  The ideas and their implementation have led the American people down a garden path of debt, socialism, massive central government, a standing military, loss of individual rights, and entitlement.  They have achieved what Frédéric Bastiat described as a Complete Perversion of The Law in the late 1840s:

The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.

There is a restlessness, an uneasiness among the population that is palpable.  The federal government’s response has been one of fear.  The government gets more abusive as it becomes increasingly fearful.  The tide will change. The people will rebel at the ballot box and in the picket line but then what? What is the plan?  Voices decry the current situation but few offer solutions.  America 3.0 is the right idea presented at the right time.  The John Wells interview is a long format so the ideas can be explored.

 

8 thoughts on ““…America’s greatest days are yet to come….” Jim Bennett and Mike Lotus

  1. A new vision and understanding of who we have been, what we are, and what we can become is emerging at many seemingly disconnected points throughout the culture of America and the rest of the Anglosphere. I have found that the word, “freeorder,” efficiently sums up the idea that beneficial order comes together more out of freedom than out of compulsion. I plan to listen to this interview expecting that it will offer insight into the emerging world of freeorder. We need a dramatic and energetic phase shift in culture, and the ideas of Bennett and Lotus, in “America 3.0,” may help bring it about.

    • Yes, “freeorder” does some it up, nicely. What I see as beacons of light in a darkening world. Someday, perhaps, you will consider a post on “freeorder”. It is a world changing verb.

          • Yes, by applying error limiting tools to my own mental processes, thus freeing space for the appearance of the new and unexpected. A mind stuffed with things that won’t stand up to ruthless criticism is unlikely to remain creative. Same goes for an economy – so, as Mises said, a free market not only provides opportunity for profit, it also supports the potential for loss, and they are of at least equal importance. There is a parallel between the internal and external limits that allow freeorder to emerge.

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