For most "Americans", Their "world" starts up in Washington State, runs on a line down to San Francisco, on down to Hollywood, over to Disneyworld, and on up into Washington/Wall Street. Their is no more myopic country on the planet.
We, in the US, are a very small percentage of the world's population but people here still talk and act as if we were a viable empire dictating its imperial orders out to all the "distant colonies". Shake Up, Weeple! If not for our pre-emptive defense posture and amazing weaponry who would seriously care about what "the US wants".
The US is now becomming a "backwater" country in most areas except weaponry. We graduate fewer Phd's, have to bend the immigration laws to get enough tech people to work for us, and then, have the Chinese make it for us at slave labor rates. And yet, amazingly, I get all kinds or feedback embracing the "status quo" that would have been true, maybe, in 1947. Perhaps this is why the young are so eager to embrace ANYTHING different. Of course having few good job opportunities helps push up the intolerance level.
Everything I do, in business, and in Product Development especially, is based in the theory of "Creative Destruction" developed by Joseph Schumpeter.
"Creative destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. Stabilized capitalism is a contradiction in terms." Schcumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (New York: Haper &Brothers, 1942)p. 83
We live in a world where much of what is called "capitalism" is now actually a kind of Facism; controlled markets through controlled politics. Capitalism, as Schumpeter would have defined it, is mostly not free to exercise the essential, destructive, part of its cycle. Proof in the US is the ability of a corporation to give unlimited amounts to political campaigns. Further proof is the propping up of General Motors when the markets had spoken and it was rightfully "toast". Sure, these "deaths" hurt some but people can go to work in other industries. It is actually the investors that got in last that get hurt in the inevitable downward turn in a companies lifecycle and the real reason behind most, so-called, "regulation" of markets and commerce.
People leave oppressing systems long before they public announce doing so. Revolutions seem to simply rise up suddenly but are usually born of decades, or centuries, of oppression that fermented quietly in the basement of everyone's mind- even the wealthy.
The World Transportation Revolution is just now getting started due to the development of a few key components, Lithium based batteries being the most essential. Old business models will not work in a more globally-distributed product development paradigm. Here, in the US, we might cling to old system for a while propped up by bought politics and a huge security state but who wants to live in a hell hole like that?
Paxterra means Peace on Earth. Sunshine Is Motor Fuel.