The Dynamic Society

Sun Tzu's strategy is designed to deal with the unpredictable nature of a dynamic environment. The most common mistake social reformers make is viewing and analyzing highly dynamic elements of society as if they were static. As we mentioned in the last post, the common goal of both the ancient feudal lords of Sun Tzu's time and modern socialist reformers is to create a static social order for the "common good" of society. Sun Tzu taught that the real world environment is too complex and dynamic for that to work. A static social order is a dying social order, confusing the internal controlled environment in which planning is possible with the large, external environment where strategy is required. For example, the social reformers always talk about "the rich" and "the poor" as it these were the static classes in a feudal society. However, in the real world, individuals rise and fall moving in and out of different economic "classes" through the course of their lives. A snapshop of positions at any given time misses how those position are changing from moment to moment and generation to generation. A recent study by the Economic Mobility Project, a group of well-respected conservative and liberal think tanks, showed that two out of three Americans have incomes higher than their parents, and nearly 80 percent of children whose parents were in the poorest group of Americans in the late 1960s have higher income than their parents. Their study shows almost a perfectly mobil society where people at every level are just as likely to rise as decline, based on their own choices and actions.