Socialism, Capitalism, and the American Optimist

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The greatest assets of our nation are creativity and diversity. No single person will ever have all the best solutions – no single person ever could.

So the wisest course of action (for my military friends, COA) is to find a way to capture all the greatest ideas and determine the optimized solution. But in order to do that, we have to develop a pathway to information sharing without emotional overload getting in the way. We have to join together and appreciate, truly, the unique experiences and talents of our people.

Socialism uses the collective society to drive toward average. Capitalism inspires the interdependent society to drive toward optimization….and then shares it with everyone.

This is the point where we have lost our way as a nation. Our far left argues for the sharing of outcomes and our far right for the competition of ideas. AMERICA – we need BOTH. Without the competition and drive for excellence, we regress to the mean. Without sharing with our fellow Americans and world neighbors, we stubbornly create division and predictably incite chaos. Yes, it’s humane to help others but in fact, even without that ethical demand, sharing remains the wisest COA. It is the only COA that results in maintaining a peaceful, healthy society that is mentally and physically able to devote our collective energy toward progress and world leadership.

We need to find a way to capitalize on the ideas, skills, and time of our fellow Americans. We need to create a metaphorical national work space in which competition drives innovation and results sharing leads others to contribute.

Quite literally, freedom – of mind, of body, of life choices – is the secret ingredient of our nation. It is what allows us to put the best ideas on the table without fear of retribution. There is no excuse for us underperforming compared to the rest of the world. We are the nation with the greatest diversity in the world and the most freedom for creativity – if we are not leading in every area, then we are the only ones to blame….and more importantly, the only ones who can change our course. We are in control, we are capable, and we should demand excellence from ourselves.

Why spend time fighting with ourselves when we can spend our energy propelling our nation forward and leading the world?!

Photo by “My Life Through A Lens”, Aziz Acharki

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