A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age
an article by Esther Dyson and George Gilder and George Keyworth and Alvin Toffler
(our site's article review)
The article is also called Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, but the cyberspace aspect of their thrust is only a relatively minor element, however important, in a much larger Third Wave transition.
This message is sponsored by Newt Gingrich's Progress and Freedom Foundation—which closed down in 2010. They say we need liberation from Second Wave rules, regulations, taxes and laws laid in place to serve the smokestack barons and bureaucrats of the past. Next, of course, must come the creation—creation of a new civilization, founded in the eternal truths of the American Idea. They say that cyberspace is a land of knowledge with a "bioelectronic frontier" demanding discovery and colonization. Exploring this frontier is "civilization's truest, highest calling." Of course, that's just plain silly. Such hyperbole one would expect in a badly crafted political speech. Sure, we need to explore cyber-everything—and we are—but it is a far cry from being "civilization's truest, highest calling." Think how much more urgently we need world peace and lifestyles that work to create happy, intelligent, autonomous, wise, creative, self-actualized citizens!
We urgently need world peace and lifestyles that work to create happy, intelligent, autonomous, wise, creative, self-actualized citizens
They say that "It is time to embrace these challenges, to grasp the future and pull ourselves forward. If we do so, we will indeed renew the American Dream and enhance the promise of American life." Creating a Third Wave government in our nation is merely one of a multitude of evolutions the article calls for. "For the time being, the entrenched powers of the Second Wave dominate Washington and the statehouses", blocking progress. They say "The incoherence of political life is mirrored in disintegrating personalities. Whether 100% covered by health plans or not, psychotherapists and gurus do a land-office business, as people wander aimlessly amid competing therapies. People slip into cults and covens or, alternatively, into a pathological privatism, convinced that reality is absurd, insane or meaningless. 'If things are so good,' Forbes magazine asked recently, 'why do we feel so bad?' " The answer is on this website, and here: see Why Register for an MC?.
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