Outsourcing Anxieties: The Internet Metaphor

There are a few fundamental laws to the Internet.
  1. Who is the president of the Internet? That was an actual question asked of an early internet pioneer by some major French investors. People used to pyramid group dynamics need to realize cloud group dynamics are a whole different ball game. I prefer to mix up the two. That works best for me. Leadership functions don't go away in my version of cloud group dynamics.
  2. The more computers that connect to the Internet, the better it becomes overall. This second point is key because spreading democracy and prosperity works the same way.
There are many white Americans consciously and subconsciously offended by the idea that India is not going to or is no longer a country exclusively of subsistence farmers. It bothers them, gives them heartburns. I am not going to make light of the anxieties in small town America from industrial jobs shipped overseas, but some of the sentiments are unfounded. They are ignorant of the basic creative destructions of capitalism.

But then Lincoln inherited a largely agricultural economy and he worked to turn the country industrial. It is a good thing that America is not going to be an industrial economy forever because there is more money to be made in the knowledge economy.

It will be the job of Barack Obama and the president after him to turn America into being a full fledged knowledge economy. America has to become a wireless broadband nation or it can go ahead and cede its leadership position in the world.

If it were not for the robust growths that China and India have seen for the past few decades, America right now would have been in a deep, deep recession. Otherwise George W has fucked up the American economy every way imaginable. Say thanks to the Chinese, say thanks to the Indians.

Imagine how much more America will benefit if the per capita income in China and India were to double and triple. You got to keep adding more and more computers to the Internet. It is a win win proposition. The industries, the companies, the jobs of tomorrow have to be created.

This will be the century when finally global equity is achieved.

No politician anywhere can stop trade any more than any dictator anywhere can prevent the ultimate prevalence of democracy. But the smart politicians will invest heavily in the education, health and credit of their people to keep ploughing them back to the jobs and careers of tomorrow. Lifelong education, universal health and credit are the answer to so-called jobs shipped overseas. People who lose jobs have to be retrained for new jobs. Those new jobs have to be created. And while people make their transitions, their health care should be there for them.

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