Industrialist rules, OK?
Typing this whilst the world is in a right mess. Let’s see now:
- Two unwanted US Presidential candidates (Oh dear.)
- Confusion and infighting over UK’s Brexit (In, Out – Shake it all about.)
- Chaos in Syria (So, who exactly are the ‘bad’ guys? Oh, it’s just about an oil pipeline? Ah, gotcha!)
- Global warming reaching tipping point (The irony.)
- Miscellaneous other worrying goings on (#Entropy)
- General loss of faith in politicians by the world’s citizens (So, what’s new?)
During all this time there have been countless technical innovations, from commercial space ventures to the invention of new materials to the general ongoing improvements in technology and social infrastructure, all making our lives easier.
Although it must be admitted that governments made a lot of this possible (such as US investment in Tesla), it was bold energetic impatient individuals who harnessed said opportunities turning them into tangible results we can all benefit from. Just look at how powerful that smartphone in your hand is! A CPU an order of magnitude faster than a room size supercomputer of only a few decades ago.
Meanwhile politicians are squabbling and not really achieving very much that inspires the public or gives us hope. (Most of what is done is compromise or smoke and mirrors, and that includes climate change policy.)
The difference between politics and business, and it is controversial to say so, is that the former is democratic, whilst if you’re a mad cap creator of new things, it’s pure ice breaker like forward movement, come hell or high water, no matter what anyone else thinks.
As I have been saying for ages, politics is a great way to achieve little slowly. And further, politics is politics, it’s political! If not just on an ego trip, most are in it for themselves, from well paid after office speaking tours to financial and other favours delivered by not so well meaning corporations and so on. The rest and more decent, just battling to realise their more well meaning ambitions against the aforementioned special interests and less honourably motivated politicians.
On the other hand, if you are running a well intentioned business, and the board are pretty much on the same track, you can just crack on and build your rocket, independently of what else is going on in the world and what anyone else thinks.
This is one of the things I love about America in particular. Over the last 20 years or so, despite all the political controversies, and even time of war, the country has continued to produce innovative products, as has Germany with more efficient solar technology and even the UK to the lesser extent, with companies like Shazam. More, despite being a communist country, China has been firing on all six cylinders for the last 4 or 5 years, producing the world’s best drones. And whilst a government initiative, it has been putting a few things in space too, without too many mishaps. The former in particular is thanks to the well educated very entrepreneurial Chinese youth. Have you heard of LeEco? You will soon.
Technically, this is a great time to be alive. Pending your good health, humans will be on Mars within your lifetime (this will lead to significant Manhattan Project and Apollo Program like technical and social advancements), your next phone will be bendy, your next ‘car’ will fly (!) and diseases are being cured at a rapid rate. All thanks to inspired individuals leading companies that take no prisoners and are beyond politics.
So don’t worry about what is going on in Washington or Westminster, or Moscow – support your favourite industrialist by voting with your wallet. Let the politicians impose the rules that ensure their creations are safe and do what it says on the tin.
Fight back club: Ignore the infighting and make or buy the good stuff!