Hey Umair Readers
When I was about 11 years old, I stumbled on to an American folk story about a lumberjack named Paul Bunyan. Full of blue-collar yarn and great prose, it talked about how the great forests of the USA were cut down in the days of Manifest Destiny. Probably not politically correct for the average Umair reader, but one passage came back to me as I read this Umair article. I shall paraphrase as best I remember.
"That tree was so tall, it took a man a week to see the top. Or if seven men were looking up at the same time, they would only need a day."
I thought Umair's "stimulate for tomorrow" solution was sort of looking at the top of a very tall tree--Paul Bunyan style.
There is a paradox in this essay. Umair describes how the system is falling apart, and yet somehow it still can deliver "stimulate for tomorrow." I can only ask: "How can both be true?"
Coming from Canada, our federal government is doing a much better job of creating on-the-fly social programs to provide short-term needs for its citizens than the American government. But these programs are for today, not tomorrow. There is no long term planning here at all. The Canadian money supply has increased dramatically, throwing a decade of economic planning out the window. So who really knows the future? If a left-wing government in a more social democrat country cannot deliver on Umair's sage advice, how is the American government (even with a Biden win) is going to deliver on "stimulate for tomorrow"?
So WTF are we really supposed to do?
Is reading more Umair articles going bend the will of those in charge to stimulate for tomorrow? Maybe some of these articles will find their way to some of the Trump base? Hoping and wishing, are you?
Let's face, western democracy is broken. From 1986 to 1992, I was an active volunteer in a political party. I was hoping my presence would somehow create better government. At first I was enthusiastic, but as time passed, I began to see life inside a political party was mostly about overly-ambitious people climbing over each other to increase their status, influence, and power. This dysfunctional atmosphere is not great for "stimulate for tomorrow." I saw the collapse long before Umair did.
Somehow, I invented a new way of governance, called the TDG. I'm on my fifth approach to introduce this idea to the world. This approach is a novel of how average Americans can build this system. The main character is a fellow named Len Pash. He has just been laid off his factory job, which he thought he would have for the rest of his life. He is introduced to the TDG. He is skeptical, but given the free time he now has, he gives it a try. And eventually this man, who would never be a player in today's politics, becomes effective in moving the USA forward in this new way of democratic governance. Len Pash could be you!
Here is a link to the entire novel, which I have offered for a free read:
It will take you about three hours to read this novel. If you spend three hours this month reading Umair's daily rants, how will that move the world forward?
Or maybe you can read my book and perhaps get inspired?
The novel shows that building the TDG will require two things from you:
1) About 10 hours a month (that's about three home movies or baseball games), and
2) Working with a few of your neighbors to write a local TDG constitution.
If you can't do these two things, then Umair's dystopic future will indeed come true. Reading more Umair articles or reading other political fortune tellers on Medium will neither hinder or help the collapse.
The Future will Not Suck if we choose not wait around for someone else to fix it!
10 hours a month
Work with your neighbors.