It’s certainly obvious that the past few U.S. governmental elections have garnered more passion, questions, uncertainty, and outlook for the future of the United States than any other time in my life or memory. Ideologies have magnetized to extreme poles which has produced a social furnace revealing the true heart condition, moral make-up and spirit of its population. I have stated in other posts that the United States’ political and judicial systems are not comprised of the best qualified people to administer its institutions, defense, and economy. Thus, we are essentially left to choose from a pool of candidates that are oftentimes cut from the same institutional and educational cloth. My hope is that this message will reflect both historical and prophetic vantage points to gain clarity as the days unfold. I have used a few example nations as illustration points. These examples are not exhaustive in most cases and usually point to many other nations which have experienced the same cause and effect. The end game is that our voice and vote are still powerful means for change. The key is that we support and vote for candidates that represent our values and who will promote the highest degree of encouraging and fostering “productive people’.
It is interesting that countries such as Mexico and Nigeria can be poor countries in regard to standard of living but yet rich in natural resources. On the other hand and just as interesting is the prosperity of countries such as Japan and Switzerland which have some of the highest standards of living in the world – yet reflect some of the poorest availability in regard to natural resources. I sincerely believe that the key to success for a nation down to its local communities resides in the productivity of its people. The problem is that many nations, and local institutions fail to implement a truly productive culture.
Similarly, it is not uncommon for immigrants to arrive in a new country and rise above the average wage and wealth level of many of that country’s indigenous citizens. Whether nations, groups or individuals – it is human capital (the desire to be productive) which produces both natural and spiritual wealth. The dynamic output of personal productivity (naturally or spiritually) far surpasses any possible government controlled constructs because of personal rewards which manifests within creativity, productivity, or people who are willing to produce. Monetary capital without human capital (productivity) is limited, short-lived, and ultimately leads to social bankruptcy.
Human capital must not be confused with formal education which is just one small slice or facet of it. Likewise, human capital must not be confused with pure economic capitalism which is essentially Darwinism in that natural selection and survival of the fittest must be the foundation that underpins the entire system. In other words, pure capitalism can only survive if another business dies at the expense and birth of another which is not necessarily a bad thing! And finally, human capital must not be confused with the intelligentsia or academic elites which may either reflect a positive or a negative influence on economic development and political stability depending on the particular kinds of skills these individuals really possess and the particular attitude they take toward those with true productive capacity or ability to advance the economic level of a particular country, society, or local body.
Note: Capitalism within inclusive or pluralistic institutions (free market based) is necessary for sustained political, economic growth, and inventiveness as history has shown. Capitalism inherited world poverty and not the other way around. Socialism and Collective based institutions are highly extractive (government based) and have arisen because of the failure of societies to embrace what I will call “Creative Destruction.” (Today’s Venezuela is a prime example) Creative Destruction must be embraced for outdated technologies and systems to die in order for new technologies and systems to take their place, promote new growth, and organically grow our standards of living. We all witnessed this form of social fear and protectionism manifest in the automobile and bank buy-outs by the government in the last major recession.
Modern industry and commerce in the west developed at a time when the college intelligentsia was a relatively small and non-influential group (Late 17th to early 18th century). However, many third world societies as the 20th century dawned, became independent nations led by the educated elites based on formal education and political charisma, but with little to no experience in economic matters or critical thinking aptitudes. This naturally generated hostility toward autonomous economic institutions and toward economically productive minorities in their own country. This is a common human defense mechanism and behavior pattern to justify protectionism which leads toward governmental control over a populace. However, the core issue slowly eases away from ideology and moves into greed upon tasting the bitter-sweetness of power.
Another important aspect which I found as a pattern – is that the specific kind of education received not only affects technological and economic development in a country, but also the direction of its social and political development. Education in science and technology has obvious economic benefits but not all groups or all nations have been equally drawn or interested in that type of education. In Malaysia for example, the Chinese minority received more than 400 degrees in engineering during the decade of the 1960’s while the Malay majority received just 4. Differences in core curriculum fields or quality of education have also existed between Protestant and Catholics in Ireland, Caste Hindus and Untouchables in India, Russians and Cossacks in Kazakhstan, Middle Eastern versus European in regard to religious dogmas, Jews in America versus Jews in Israel, Tamils versus Similes’ in Sri-Lanka, and Whites versus Blacks or Hispanics in the United States. Lagging local groups and lagging nations tend toward the easier or soft subjects rather than such difficult fields as mathematics, science, engineering, and medicine. I do not generalize this comment lightly. I am basing my comments and opinions on researched facts. These differences not only affect their economic productivity but also their socio-political attitudes toward those who do have the skills to make a society more productive and prosperous.
Newly educated classes of people or cultures have been especially likely to specialize in softer core subjects and to be prominent among those fostering hostility toward more advanced groups while promoting ethnic identity movements. Such movements have been typically mobilized against other ethnic groups, the existing authorities, or other targets that would stand in the way of the new agenda. In various periods of history, the intelligentsia in general and the newly educated classes of people in particular have inflamed group against group promoting discriminatory policies and or physical violence.
Whether at the level of minority activists in a given local society or at the leadership level of national revolts against external powers – promoters of nationalism have been disproportionately intellectuals and intellectuals from a very limited range of fields. Very few nationalist militants, ultra-religious, or Socialist leaning politicians were and are engineers, economists, scientists, or skilled professional administrators. As an African student once quoted in regard to the generation of African leaders during the transition from colonial status to that of independent nationhood: “…K. Nakuma was a British educated lawyer, J. Kenyatta was an anthropologist, J. Kasabuvu was a teacher, and L.S. Sengor a poet just to name a few. Much the same pattern could and can be found in other parts of the world as well…” Leaders of the Basque separatist movement in Spain and the Quebec separatist movement in Canada were also birthed and promoted by soft subject intellectuals.
In the less developed regions of Europe, the rising intellectual class in the years between the two World Wars likewise tended to concentrate on the softer subjects rather than in science or technology and sought careers in politics and government bureaucracies rather than in industry or commerce. Much of the same pattern would be seen a half a century later in Sri-Lanka which was all too typical of other Asian third world countries in having a surplus of unemployed graduates who had specialized in the humanities and the social sciences. Is there a common pattern beginning to arise in the United States? Is there a social pattern which is in common with our current political body and previous president? I strongly believe so and the soft subject elite in the United States are seeking to overthrow the sacred and economic successful ideologies with Socialist and centralized government ideologies. The political and social landscape is coming into prophetic and spiritual clarity. How we prophesy the truth and define resolution will require much wisdom and I certainly do not have all the answers. However, the powers and systems which are creating the world’s economic and social sickness are coming into plain view for those whom possess discernment.
History shows us that cultural and ethnic leaders would later instill and promote the breakup of Yugoslavia and the atrocities that followed in the last decade of the 20th century were again birthed by professors in the humanities, the social sciences, a novelist, and a psychiatrist. The mass slaughters in Kampuchea, under the Khmer Rouge were likewise led by intellectuals including teachers and academics. Historian A.J.P. Taylor has stated: “…that the first stage of nationalism is led by university professors and that the second stage comes when the pupils of the professors get out into the world…” Whatever the actual sequence, the intelligentsia have played a central role in promoting inter-group and international animosities accompanied by atrocities in trying to artificially preserve, revive, and fabricate past glories or future Utopias.
Newly educated and semi-educated classes have often sought positions in government bureaucracies rather than in industry and commerce (marketplace) because their education has typically provided them with few skills to be useful in the ‘real’ marketplace. Moreover, the growth of bureaucracies is needed to accommodate or absorb such people in preventing them from becoming a political problem which is oftentimes a handicap to the genuine development of industrial, commercial, and social growth. In other words, the social and political attitudes spawned by those with diplomas and degrees but without productive skills, constitute yet another barrier to economic development and growth as well as developing a productive society which technology and spirituality grow in similitude. Spiritual dynamics must also be strongly considered as the church is oddly split along ethnic and cultural lines in regard to social policy in the U.S. The pull is so strong and deceptive, that a Bible believing individual will abhor abortion, but vote for a pro-abortion candidate simply by built-in social conditioning in regard to a lack of cultural productivity. We must understand that differing social cultures have varying views of productivity as some are content to live off the back of another if the system provides that option or choice.
It was said of Romania’s institutions of higher education between the two World Wars: “…they were numerically swollen, academically lax, politically overheated, as well as variable incubators of surplus bureaucrats, politicians, and demagogs…” The truth is that this could be said of institutions in other nations within eastern and south-eastern Europe during the same era and in various nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America in later times. The direct economic and social drain of supporting a intelligentsia with little to contribute to the economy is by no means the crux or most important cost they impose upon the rest of the people in various societies. The kinds of policies and attitudes they promote and the internal strife they generate or aggravate are the major impediments to economic advancement, spiritual harmony, and political stability.
The post-independence history of many African nations for example, have especially shown the tragic results of following policies that are diametrically the opposite of economies that developed social productivity in earlier centuries such as Japan and Malaysia. In multi-ethnic societies, confiscatory policies (to take something away) toward the most economically productive groups have been promoted for the short run benefit of those seeking a way out of their own poverty at the expense of others rather than becoming more productive themselves. Those targeted have included as a prime example, the Germans and Jews in Czechoslovakia when it existed, and Romania. I have used Czechoslovakia as an example a couple of times for a reason as it no longer exists for a reason! Other good examples are the Chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia. The Indians and Pakistanis in Kenya and Uganda among many, many others. Those losing in the long run have included the poorer and less skilled masses who cannot replace the more productive groups they suppressed or driven out of the country (This will unfold within the boarders of Israel if the Palestinians are given more territory) Rome as a city did not fall due to barbarian invasion. The invasion was only the tip of the iceberg. Rome fell because the barbarians could not run the cultural and political apparatus nor repair its systems and products when broke. In other words, the barbarian invaders were not a productive nor creative people. They pillaged and took what another earned and worked for a short-term gain. The long-term effect was slow decay and eventual ruin.
Both internally and internationally, western intellectuals have for centuries romanticized noble savages, barbarians, and warlords in various parts of the world. People whom supposedly lived in some sort Eden before evil was introduced from the outside by modern western society. In fact, many Islamist nations refer to the United states as “The Great Satan” However, facts about the carnage, oppression, or brutality in such societies have been glided over, totally ignored, or brazenly denied by those pursuing a vision and disseminating that vision through their educational writings, teachings, motion pictures, media, and other channels to the extent that they are successful in creating a virtual reality different from the factual realities. These falsehoods produce false public policies (now globally) with dire consequences upon the particular nations or societal populace. This causes such policies to be misdirected, ineffective, and even counter-productive. Sometimes a foreign “Eden” is ideologically defined such as the Middle Eastern Spring, the Soviet Union under Stalin or China under Mao. Again, a wonderfully fluffy virtual reality has for decades, completely submerged facts that included the slaughter of millions. In these and other ways, an intelligentsia can make policies less informed as well as misinformed and less intelligent than otherwise dreamed of. The catch, is that it’s not too late to retain the greatest of all capitalist or market based freedoms – the freedom of choice which makes life interesting. Socialism replaces personal choice with state controlled products and mandates. God still deeply loves us and desires His best for our lives. Let’s not curse our country and world with judgment. Rather, let’s pray as we have been directed for our national and world leaders and that those who are truly called and commissioned would come forth in authority and power to declare faith, hope, and love for all humanity